Monday, April 29, 2013


Book Expo America ( be holding its annual convention in New York City at the end of May.  Their 19th annual Children's Book Art Auction will be co-hosted this year by the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression (ABFFE  Part of the auction will be on site in New York City.  Part will be online during the time of the convention.   This year there will also be a third part, the Maurice Sendak Memorial, which will consist of auction pieces created and donated in honor of the beloved illustrator/author.  Auction proceeds will benefit ABFFE in its efforts to combat censorship in books for children.  
I donated two pieces to the auction.  The image above is a digital print of a pencil drawing I created for my book BEDTIME BUNNIES, which I then hand-colored with watercolor.  This was one of the several trial pieces of art I made as I worked out the pencil techniques and color palette I would use for the book.
The other piece is one I created especially for the Sendak Memorial.  I used pencil, pen-and-ink, and watercolor for this original.  I first met Maurice in New York when I was getting started as a young illustrator and author.  

Be sure to check out the auction, either in person or online!  It's a chance to own an original piece of children's book art at a reasonable cost, while supporting a very worthwhile cause.


  1. LOVE both pieces!! Very inspiring!

  2. Your work is adorable! The little candlelit bunny house & those trees are amazing! Looking forward to BEA this year, meeting new people and collecting autographs & freebies is the best!