Children’s Book Art Auction to Honor Dr. Seuss

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Artist Nina Mata Angeles' tribute to Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat is coming to BookExpo America 2014!

The 20th Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, on Wednesday evening, May 28, at  the Javits Convention Center, will feature a special section of original artwork created to honor Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s book author and illustrator who defied convention with his zany, kid-centered aesthetic. Proceeds from the auction will support the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression’s (ABFFE) defense of the free speech rights of kids, including the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week.

While Dr. Seuss’ books are now considered classics, some, including The Lorax, have been controversial. In 1989, The Lorax was challenged in a California school district for “criminalizing” the forestry industry. “We are proud to honor an author and illustrator who was not afraid to challenge the status quo,” said ABFFE President Chris Finan.

For last year’s auction honoring Maurice Sendak, 14 artists contributed special works. This year, pieces dedicated to Dr. Seuss can be submitted until May 15. An online donation form is available here. The deadline for submitting other pieces of children’s book art to the auction is May 1.

The BEA auction is co-sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA. It will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 28 in the River Pavilion of the Javits Center. Tickets are $105 and may be ordered here. ABFFE members and bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group will be admitted for free.