Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will host the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression's 2014 children's book art auction and reception at BookExpo America. The auction, co-sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers’ Association, will be held on May 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center.

This year’s auction will include a variety show organized by writers Shannon Hale and Michael Buckley that will feature other authors and illustrators, such as The Slushpile Family Circus, Jon Scieszka, Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray, Brandon Mull, and Tom Angleberger.

Proceeds support ABFFE’s defense of the free speech rights of young readers. ABFFE and the National Coalition Against Censorship co-sponsor the Kids’ Right to Read Project, which helps students, parents, teachers and librarians fighting book challenges around the country. Tickets are $105, and may be purchased online.

An online auction will follow the BEA event, featuring art donated exclusively for the auction as well as pieces of any art that does not sell at the Javits Center.