The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is launching today an online auction of original children’s art by 50 of the book industry’s leading artists and illustrators, including Marla Frazee, Barbara McClintock, Chris Raschka, and Adam Rex. The auction begins on eBay at noon, Eastern Standard Time, and will run through Dec. 3. The auction homepage is “It’s going to be a fun week,” ABFFE president Chris Finan said. “All of the pieces are wonderful, and we expect a lot of bidding. We are enormously grateful for the support of the artists and their fans.”

ABFFE is still working from temporary quarters following Hurricane Sandy but can be reached by e-mail,, or phone, (917) 509-0340.