Donate Art

Letter from hosts (This is a PDF file.)

Why Donate? (Get the PDF version here: why-donate.pdf)

FAQs (Get the PDF version here: faqs.pdf)

Art Donation Form (This is a PDF file.)

DEADLINE: Art must be received by ABA no later than Monday, April 29, 2013.

“There is something delicious about using art as a powerful tool against those who want to silence us, don’t you think?”

— Laurie Halse Anderson, 2011 Honorary Chair of the Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and author of Speak.

“The bottom line is that the America we love needs our support. We have to stand up and be counted.”

— Walter Dean Myers, 2012 Honorary Chair of the Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and author of We Are America.

Why Donate?

Defending kids. Your donation will ensure that kids can read what they want, when they want, no matter where they are. At ABFFE, we believe that children and families are the only ones who should be deciding whether a book is right for them.

Supporting your fellow artists whose books have been challenged. One day it may be you–and ABFFE will be there to help.

Great exposure. Your work will be seen by the key decision makers in the children’s book industry. All donated art will be displayed in an online preview as well at the event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during BookExpo America. In addition, to help give everyone across the country a chance to support the free speech rights of our young readers, we will be holding an online auction just prior to BEA.


What Should I Submit?

    • Any form of original artwork from a sketch on paper to finished art in any medium.
    • Preferred size is no larger than 18″ x 28″ raw.
    • No framing or matting. We will be uniformly mounting each piece of donated art for display in the auction.
    • Please do not send posters or books unless they relate to your donated work.
    • Signed books related to a piece are accepted with thanks.

How Do I Submit Art?

    1. Please send an email to Kristen Gilligan ( to let her know to expect your donation.
    2. Complete the Art Donation Form, include it with your art, and mail it to Kristen’s attention at the ABA. 

What Happens To My Art After I Send It?

We promise to take special care of your piece of art! When it arrives at the ABA offices, it will be carefully opened, we’ll check to make sure you’ve filled out all the info on the Art Donation Form, log it, photograph it for our Online Preview on Flickr, tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, (you get the idea), mount it and add a protective covering, order and label it for the auction, package it, store it safely and securely until it’s time to deliver it to the big event. It will be beautifully displayed at the auction and we’ll make sure that it’s well packed for it’s journey to its new home. It’s a lot of work, which is why we ask that you get it to us by our deadline!

What Do I Get?

In addition to the reasons why you should donate a piece of your original art to the auction to support the free speech rights of children:

    • We would like to invite you to be our guest to the auction and reception on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in the River Pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from 5:30pm – 7:30pm by offering you two complimentary tickets.
    • All auction art donations are tax deductible.
    • Your information will be included in a variety of marketing pieces leading up to the event, in the Event Program, and through various social media outlets.

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