Monday, May 16, 2011

Read, read, read, let's spread the word!!

I'm an adult, and I have the freedom to read what I want at any given time. It's of the many luxuries I enjoy. Children all over the world are not so lucky. Scholastic has an ongoing program called Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. As part of that campaign Scholastic is hosting a month-long online auction.  Proceeds from the auction and sales of posters and other items will benefit the nonprofits Reading Is Fundamental and Reach Out and Read.

Here are a few details from the press release:

Twelve outstanding children’s illustrators have created their artistic interpretation of the global literacy campaign — Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

An online auction of the original artwork opens May 5, 2011 at 6:00pm at Artists participating in the auction are: Norman Bridwell, Bruce Degen, Edwin Fotheringham, Mary GrandPré, Barbara McClintock, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Stephen Savage, David Shannon, Jeff Smith, Mark Teague and Raina Telgemeier.

After the auction closes June 5, 2011, poster-sized reproductions will be available for purchase.

Kids these days aren't totally equipped with the reading skills they will need to succeed in life, it's wonderful to have a campaign out there to try and combat that. Wonder what exactly is up for auction? Take a look at these pictures:

And that's just for starters. My personal favorite is the top one. Is that the lady from the Magic School Bus? I'm remember reading those books as a child. Wasn't it also a TV series? I'm feeling nostalgic right now. How about you? In the meantime check out the online auction !!

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