The Annual Children's Book Art Silent Auction and Reception at BookExpo America to benefit the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will feature a special tribute to Maurice Sendak, the beloved author and illustrator of classic children's titles and a passionate defender of free speech. Sendak died on May 8, 2012, at the age of 83. Children's book illustrators will be donating pieces created in tribute to Sendak, who mentored and inspired many artists. A special auction area will be devoted to their works.

Illustrators interested in submitting artwork to honor Sendak or general artwork for the auction should contact ABFFE auction manager Kristen Gilligan Vlahos. The auction at BEA will be held on May 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center and will be hosted by bestselling authors Jack Gantos and Lauren Myracle, whose books top the list of the country's most challenged titles.