Art Auction

Here is a sneak peek at the amazing art donated by popular and award-winning children’s literature artists.

All images will be showcased at our CLA Booth #729 and at our CLA Breakfast featuring Kevin Henkes.  Bidding will occur at the breakfast and all winning bidders are able to take their artwork with them.

All proceeds help support cutting-edge research in children’s literature and our many events and activities throughout the year. Click on each image for more details and to see the starting bid.



Below the Surface

Description: This is a signed giclée print from Quest,   Aaron Becker’s second book in the Journey trilogy.

Paper Size: 25″ x 17″
Print Dimensions: 21″ x 10″
Printed on: Archival matte stock
Limited run of 200
Suggested starting bid: $100.00

Aaron Becker was born in Baltimore, and moved to California to attend Pomona College where he scored his first illustration job designing t-shirts for his water polo team. Since then, he's traveled to Kenya, Japan, Sweden, and Tahiti backpacking around while looking for good things to eat and feeding his imagination. He now lives with his family in Amherst, MA where he's busy at work on his next book project. You can find out more about what he's been up to lately at

Flora and the Flamingo (2014):  Plies.

Description: Each perfectly pink piece in this limited edition is printed on archival fine art paper, hand numbered, and signed by Molly Idle.

Print Dimensions: 13" x 19"
Printed on: Archival fine art paper
Edition size: 250
Suggested starting bid:  $65.00

Molly Idle was awarded a Caldecott Honor for Flora and the Flamingo. She is the creator of Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, and the Rex series - which includes Tea Rex, Camp Rex and Sea Rex. She is also the illustrator of Rodeo Red, and the Zombelina series. Molly lives in Tempe, Arizona with her fabulous family. And when she’s not watching old Technicolor musicals, Molly can be found in her workshop with a cup of espresso in one hand, and a pencil in the other, scribbling away, working on her next picture book. Visit Molly at


Description: The painting is a study for the book, A Song for Snow (Hoot and Peep) by Lita Judge, Dial, November 2017
Print Dimensions: 6.75” x 8.8”

Print Medium: Watercolor

Suggested starting bid: $125.00

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator for over twenty fiction and nonfiction picture books including Hoot and Peep (Dial, 2016), Born in the Wild (Roaring Brook, 2014), Flight School (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and Red Sled (S&S, 2011). Her books have received numerous awards including the Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notable and Kirkus Best of. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and website. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at


Description: An original, signed outtake illustration by Tom Lichtenheld from Stick and Stone, which was created in collaboration with Beth Ferry. It is the spread where, after a long search, Stone finds “Stick stuck in the muddle.”

Approximate size: 18” x 9”
Print Medium: pencil, watercolor, colored pencils and pan pastels
Printed on: Mi-Teites paper  
Suggested starting bid: $85.00

Tom Lichtenheld is a children’s book author and illustrator. His books, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers, are consistently praised for their humor, expressive characters, and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age. For more information visit

Mantis Birds


Description: Giclée print from the book My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis. The original artwork for this book was created traditionally using liquid acrylic and then enhanced digitally.

Print Dimensions: 12”x18”

Suggested starting bid: $30.00

Paul Meisel lives and works in Newtown, Connecticut, where he and his wife raised three wonderful sons. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. He spent his Junior year in Rome at the Tyler School of Art.

With him in his studio is Coco, our energetic labradoodle. See MeRun, which won a 2012 ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, was inspired by watching Coco run at the local dog park. Few could catch her. One of Coco's favorite hobbies, digging for moles in the yard, served as inspiration for the sequel, See Me Dig. 

To date he has illustrated more than 70 books, including early readers, picture books, eight books in the HarperCollins Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, and a number of mass market books. Coming out in March of 2017 are two books written by his son, Peter, and illustrated by him; Stinky Spike The Pirate Dog and Stinky Spike And The Royal Rescue. They're about a stinky dog named Spike who has the best sniffer on the seven seas. He becomes a pirate and helps Captain Fishbeard and his bumbling crew sniff out treasure. They're part of the new Read & Bloom series from Bloomsbury.

He’s also the author/illustrator of four books, with more on the way. Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! (Boyds Mills Press) was published in September, 2016. 

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis (Holiday House) is due out in Feb 2017. It's a nonfiction book about a praying mantis who likes to eat her siblings for lunch. (It happens in real life-the book is scientifically accurate). 

Another book in the I Like To Read Series from Holiday House is due out in the fall. It's called I See A Cat.



Description: Collage, 2017.

Print Dimensions: 8.5”x11”

Suggested starting bid: $30.00

Lauren Redness is an artist and writer. She recipient of a 2016 "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her most recent book, Thunder & Lightning, won the 2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her previous book, Radioactive, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. 


Description: An original signed print from How to Train Your Train (2013), by Jason Carter Eaton.

Print Dimensions: 8.5”x11”

Suggested starting bid: $25.00


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor


Description: An original signed print from the cover art of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (2016) by New York Times Bestselling author, Rick Riordan. .

Print Dimensions: 11”x8.5”
Printed on: Museum rag paper with archival inks

Suggested starting bid: $25.00

John Rocco is a New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard, and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor.  Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He also was the illustrator for both #1 New York Times Bestsellers Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Most recently, Rocco’s first young adult novel, Swim That Rock, was a finalist for the New England Book Award.

For many years Rocco has been an art director in the entertainment industry, both in the US and abroad. At Dreamworks, Rocco was the pre-production art director on the top-grossing animated film Shrek. For Walt Disney Imagineering, he designed attractions at Disney's Epcot and served as art director for DisneyQuest, a virtual reality theme park in Downtown Disney. Rocco has worked with computer graphics pioneer Robert Abel, the creator of some of the first CGI commercials and special effects, and contributed to several museum projects including Newseum in Washington D.C. and Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.


Description: Giclée print image signed by Isabel Roxas is taken from the book Let Me Finish! (Disney-Hyperion, 2016). It is the spread where the protagonist, Henry, takes a deep plunge to find a quiet spot to read.

Paper Size: 11″ x 17″
Printed on: Hahnemuhle paper
Limited run of 25
Suggested starting bid: $75.00

Isabel Roxas is an illustrator, designer, aspiring ceramicist and avid reader. Born in Manila, Philippines, she was raised on luscious mangoes, old wives’ tales, and monsoon moons. She now works in a former pencil factory in Brooklyn where she writes and illustrates stories, designs books and creates small objects in clay and resin.


Description: Artwork by Rafael López from Drum Dream Girl written by Margarita Engle. Young Millo Castro Zaldarriaga practices by playing to animal friends. “So the drum dream girl had to keep dreaming and drumming alone’’. Millo broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers.  Original medium acrylic on wood.

Print Dimensions: 32.5 x 22
Suggested starting bid: $100.00

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. He was awarded the 2016 Pura Belpré medal by the American Library Association for his illustrations for Drum Dream Girl and the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for Book Fiesta. In 2017 he was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators, New York Original Art show for his work in Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics.  He is also the recipient of the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award for Maybe Something Beautiful, three Pura Belpré Honors and two Américas Book Awards.  The illustrations created by López bring diverse characters to children’s books and he is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael López was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music and surrealism of his native culture.  He lives and works in an industrial loft in San Diego and in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Visit him at

Picture Show

Description: Bill Thomson created this painting for an announcement of an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators Members Gallery, in 2005.  Picture Show was the inspiration for his children’s wordless picture book Chalk, which was conceived while he painted this piece. This limited edition is signed in graphite.

Print Dimensions: 13”x19”
Printed on: Epson Photo Stylus Ink jet prin on Epson Watercolor Paper, signed in graphite.  Limited edition.

Suggested starting bid: $85.00



Description: Bill Thomson created this piece in 2000 as his first promotional sample during his transition from the advertising market to his work in children’s books. Of Watercolors, Thomson says “Regardless what tools an artist may use, creativity and ingenuity can result in visual miracles.” This limited edition is signed in graphite.

Print Dimensions: 13”x19”
Printed on: Epson Photo Stylus Ink jet print on Epson Watercolor Paper, signed in graphite.  Limited edition.

Suggested starting bid: $85.00


Miracle of Teamwork

Description: Miracle of Teamwork was originally created for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in 2003.

Print Dimensions: 18”x23”
Printed on: This giclée print is a signed artist's proof.

Suggested starting bid: $90.00

Bill Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States.  Thomson’s recent work has focused primarily on children’s books, illustrating Karate Hour, Building with Dad, Baseball Hour, and Soccer Hour; he also created the wordless books, CHALK, FOSSIL, and The Typewriter.

Thomson’s books have been recognized as the National Parenting Publications’ Gold Award, the American Library Association’s Children’s Book Notable, the International Reading Association’s Teacher’s Choices, Booklist’s Editor’s Choice, and the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award Notable. Thomson’s books won the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator (2009 and 2011), Kentucky’s Bluegrass Award (2012), Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award (2012), and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France (2013).  Thomson's artwork has also received more than 75 awards in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions.  To see more of Thomson’s artwork, please visit:

Pamela Zagarenski

Description: Cover image of Sleep Like  A Tiger, written by Mary Logue (2012). This image from the Caldecott Honor award winning book is an archival print on acid free paper signed and dated by Pamela Zagarenski.
Zagarenski, who has been drawing and painting her entire life says, “without inspiring words, an illustrator is lost.” In this soothing bedtime story, a wide awake little girl finds peace and security, and finally sleep.
This print comes with a signed copy of the picturebook, Sleep Like A Tiger.

Print Dimensions: 16”x20

Suggested starting bid for signed, dated print and signed book: $120.00


Pamela Zagarenski

Description: Spread from The Whisper, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (2015). The Whisper, which celebrates story and imagination, is Zagarenski’s debut as both author and illustrator. This print comes with a signed copy of the picturebook, The Whisper.

Print Dimensions: 16”x20”
Printed Details: archival print on acid free paper signed and dated by Pamela Zagarenski

Suggested starting bid for print and signed book: $100.00


Pamela Zagarenski

Description: Cover image, Henry & Leo, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (2016).
Celebrating love, friendship, and what is real, this cover image, an archival print from Henry & Leo is signed and dated by Pamela Zagarenski.
This signed print comes with a signed copy of the picturebook, Henry & Leo and a plush lion similar to Leo.

Print Dimensions: 16”x20”
Printed Details: archival print on acid free paper signed and dated by Pamela Zagarenski

Suggested starting bid for print, signed book, and plush lion: $120.00

Pamela Zagarenski’s delicate, detailed, magical and imaginative illustrations in children’s books have been recognized by two Caldecott Honor Awards; her first for Red sings from treetops, by Joyce Sidman (2009), and her second for Sleep like a tiger, by Mary Logue (2012).  In addition, her books have been Booklist Editor's Choices (2009, 2012, 2013, 2015), Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, and winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award (2009, 2014).

Pamela Zagarenski says of her illustrations, “My illustrations are a little bit of everything, usually painted on wood,” and says that her mixed-media approach includes the use of acrylic, colored pencil, collage, and sometimes computer graphics.  Zagarenski writes, “I could go on and on about my specific reasons for why I paint people the way I do, my use of imagery such as crowns and teacups, wheels, bowls, bees, foxes and whales .....and why I use bits of gold and bits of my great grandmother’s passport from Lithuania in almost every painting. Really what I wish for the person looking at my paintings is to make up stories and reasons for themselves and in that process discover a secret key within themselves that unlocks a mysterious door . . .To learn more about Pamela Zagarenski visit To purchase cards and prints by Zagarenski visit


Description: This original piece is a small color spot illustration from Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride.

Print Size: 9″ x 11″
Suggested starting bid: $125.00

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of Hattie and Hudson, The Circus Ship, and many more picture books. He is also the illustrator of all six books about Mercy Watson and The Tales from Deckawoo series by Kate DiCamillo.  He lives in Maine.