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The Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and Reception has been a highlight of children’s programming at BookExpo America for the last 19 years. This event offers a unique opportunity to buy beautiful, original art in children’s literature from leading, award-winning artists and illustrators of children’s books and a chance to socialize with friends from around the country, while supporting the all-important efforts opposing the censorship of children’s books and authors nationwide. This is a highly anticipated and fun event on the industry’s social calendar, and the only annual event where the entire children’s book industry is in the same room, including booksellers, publishers, authors, artists, illustrators, other industry professionals, and fans of illustrated children’s books and supporters of the free speech rights of young readers.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the River Pavilion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in conjunction with BookExpo America. The art can be previewed in advance online and will begin as soon as the art arrives. A live (and lively!) auction segment has been added to the otherwise silent auction. A number of pieces will also be raffled at the event. Light refreshments, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

A special auction area will be devoted to Maurice Sendak — the beloved children’s author and illustrator. Many artists and illustrators have been mentored, taught and inspired by Sendak and are being asked to create an original piece of art for the auction in Sendak’s honor and in his support of the First Amendment. Sendak was a great supporter of ABFFE and In the Night Kitchen was banned and even altered by some librarians. (Fun note: This year’s event art includes In the Night Kitchen.)

New this year: An online auction component with additional art not available at the Auction & Reception will be added just prior the Auction & Reception during BookExpo America. This is an opportunity for people across the country to participate in the fight against censorship for our young readers.

It is presented by the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)


Proceeds from the auction will underwrite projects that support freedom of speech for everyone in the children’s books industry:

  • The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP)

ABFFE and the National Coalition Against Censorship co-sponsor the Kids’ Right to Read Project, which fights efforts to ban children’s and young adult books in schools and libraries. Hundreds of book challenges occur every year. Since its founding in 2006, KRRP has opposed challenges to 250 titles in 31 states.

  • Banned Books Week

ABFFE is a co-sponsor of Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since its creation. During Banned Books Week, displays of challenged books are mounted to draw attention to the fact that many of our most beloved children’s and young adult books are under attack.

  • Ongoing legal efforts on behald of children’s books and authors nationwide

Efforts to restrict the First Amendment right of children occur regularly in the state legislatures and Congress. ABFFE opposes unconstitutional bills, joins lawsuits to overturn bad laws and files friend of the court briefs in important cases affecting the right of children and their parents to choose books freely.


Honorary Co-Chair/Co-Host: Jack Gantos, Newbery Medal winner

Honorary Co-Chair/Co-Host: Lauren Myracle, bestselling YA author

Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music, Millerton, NY

Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Books, Houston, TX

Beth Puffer, formerly of Bank Street Books, New York, NY


The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship. Founded by the American Booksellers Association in 1990, ABFFE’s mission is to promote and protect the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books, by opposing restrictions on the freedom of speech; issuing statements on significant free expression controversies; participating in legal cases involving First Amendment rights; collaborating with other groups with an interest in free speech; and providing education about the importance of free expression to booksellers, other members of the book industry, politicians, the press and the public. ABFFE is a co-founder of the Kids’ Right to Read Project and a sponsor of Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of the freedom to read. www.abffe.org.



The American Booksellers Association is a national, not for profit trade association, and exists to protect and promote the interests of its members: independently owned bookstores, large and small, with storefront locations in towns and cities nationwide. Founded in 1900 to represent the interests of the retail booksellers of America, ABA held its first convention in 1901 and in the 100-plus years hence has continued to provide its members with education, research, information, and advocacy. From the first edition of the Book Buyer’s Handbook to the birth of IndieBound in 2008, the ABA has always existed to serve its diverse, knowledgeable, and passionate membership.

In 2010, the voting members of the Association of Booksellers for Children approved the merger of ABC and the American Booksellers Association, creating the ABC Children’s Group at the ABA. Thus new group offers programs specifically aimed at growing and expanding the reach of children’s books to a wide audience of both consumers and booksellers and would include such things as communication vehicles, appropriate awards, and educational programs.  www.bookweb.org



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