"The Birth of a Snowflake" |This snowflake, painted in oil and acrylic
by Zelinsky, is among hundreds auctioned on December 11th, 2005, to
support cancer research.
project was called "Robert's Snow," the creation of author/illustrator Grace Lin, whose husband succumbed to cancer.
In the Halloween edition of the
New York Daily News,
Paul Zelinsky and several other artists were commissioned to carve a pumpkmin. Zelinsky's contribution was called "Rapumpkinzel."
Art of Reading is a copublication of the
literacy organization RIF (Reading
is Fundamental) and Dutton Children's Books. In the fall of 2003, RIF
organized a fascinating public event at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington,
D.C. During it, a great many well-known illustrators could be seen drawing
and painting pictures based on their own childhood relation to a book
that was important to them. More illustrators were subsequently asked
to create art for this book, the sales of which will help to support
RIF's activities in bringing books to young readers.
This cover art is by the late Fred Marcellino.
Paul Zelinsky's contribution,
an oil painting begun at RIF's Washington event and finished
later in his studio, referred to "The Color Kittens,"
by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provinsen. Below
is a detail. The faces in the flowers were based on the real children
who came to watch.
Carol Rasco, RIF President and CEO, said:
is a book about books. It’s
also a book about the ability of children’s literature
to change lives and open hearts. Each of the 40 illustrators
here was asked to
re-imagine a favorite book from their own childhood that propelled
them along their life’s path of reading, writing, and creating.
Illustrators, perhaps more than most of us, truly understand
the power of art and imagination
to inspire young readers to develop reading skills and begin
a lifelong love affair with books. The 40 works of art contained
inside these pages are a
testament not merely to the artists’ skill, but to the
extraordinary ability of illustration to serve as the gateway
to the world of
Thanks and Giving All Year Long
was brought about by Marlo Thomas, who asked authors and
illustrators as well as general-purpose celebrities to write or illustrate
a piece relating to the theme of thankfulness. Royalties from the book support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Zelinsky's illustration in this book interprets an anecdote contributed
by Mel Brooks, about playing stickball in Brooklyn while simultaneously
learning the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Guys Write for Guys Read
Scieszka's anthology of writings and some pictures
by male children's book creators. The aim of his "Guys Read" project--
a website among other
things, is to reduce the reluctance felt by many boys to engage in reading.
The book should raise funds for the entire project.
contribution to the book (not included in the Guys Read website) includes
a childhood doodle and a recent update