Volunteers Needed for Children’s Art Auction

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The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA are seeking volunteers from the bookselling and publishing world to help out during the Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America.

The auction is on Wednesday, May 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with setting up the art, checking people in, distributing programs, selling raffle tickets, and cleaning up. Volunteers will receive free admission to the auction and will be given time to partake of the refreshments.

In addition to bidding on a great array of children’s book art, this year’s auction will feature a special tribute to Dr. Seuss and an entertainment and comedy show, organized by Shannon Hale and Michael Buckley and featuring auction honorary chair Jarrett J. Krosoczka, David Levithan, Jon Scieszka, Pseudonymous Bosch, Melissa de la Cruz, Brandon Mull, Jason Reynolds, Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray, Tom Angleberger, Maryrose Wood, Jennifer Holm, Paul Zelinsky, and Melissa Guion.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer, contact auction manager Inessa Spencer.

Tickets for the auction are $105 and may be ordered here. ABFFE members and bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group can attend for free but should register here.

Proceeds of the auction support ABFFE’s defense of the free speech rights of kids.