When the Association of Booksellers for Children merged with the American Booksellers Association last year, an ABC Children’s Group was created within ABA to serve the interests of ABC members. That group is relaunching a children’s art auction and reception that formerly benefited the ABC, which will take place on the Wednesday evening of BookExpo America this year. The auction will serve as a fundraiser for the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and will be held in the Javits Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on May 25.
The ABC Children’s Group is sponsoring the auction for the benefit of a new ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books. Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson will chair the auction, and more than 90 artists have already donated. A preview is available here.
Tickets for the auction and reception are $89 ($69 for bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group) and can be purchased here. If they are still available, tickets may also be purchased during a preview of auction artwork in the Crystal Pavilion of the Javits Center on Tuesday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, where they will cost $10 more.