As a testament to children’s drawings of rainbows posted in the windows of homes and storefronts, symbolizing a hopeful message during the pandemic, Random House Books for Young Readers will publish a picture book entitled Share Your Rainbow: 18 Artists Draw Their Hope for the Future (July 7, ebook; August 11, print). All net proceeds from the title will go directly to World Central Kitchen, a global nonprofit founded by José Andrés that provides meals to kids and communities in need during times of crisis.
Featuring work from 18 award-winning artists, Share Your Rainbow is a compilation of individual illustrations that represent the artists’ visions for the days ahead and include hidden rainbows on each page for readers to uncover. On the last page, readers are asked to think about their personal wishes for the future, and invited to draw their own rainbows and share them on social media using the #ShareMyRainbow hashtag.
Share My Rainbow will open with a foreword by Wonder author R.J. Palacio and will feature artwork from Brian Biggs, Cátia Chien, Vashti Harrison, Molly Idle, Sarah Jacoby, Claire Keane, Corinna Luyken, Magdalena Mora, Oge Mora, Elise Parsley, Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey, Adam Rex, Isabel Roxas, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Bob Shea, Lane Smith, Divya Srinivasan, and Shannon Wright. The cover art will be created by Dan Santat.
“We’re very proud to be teaming up with such a talented group of artists to spread an optimistic message and support the vital work World Central Kitchen is doing to fight hunger,” Rotem Moscovich, editorial director at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, said in a statement. “At a time of great uncertainty for so many, we’re honored to be able to support an organization helping meet people’s critical needs as they weather this storm. As dark as things may seem now, Share Your Rainbow reminds us all of the sunny days to come.”
Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen, said, “We believe a hot plate of food is so much more than just a meal—it’s nourishment and it’s hope. We’re really thankful for this support from Random House Children’s Books. We believe our work across the nation and around the world signals to communities that someone cares about them and that tomorrow will be better—an uplifting message that’s also woven throughout Share Your Rainbow.”