In this special edition of our weekly series we invite you to take a look at a beautiful original sketch for our Children’s Book Week 100th anniversary collaborative poster!

Characters from my book ‘Emma and Julia Love Ballet’ ( Scholastic Press, 2016 )

Created by award winning author/illustrator Barbara McClintock, this sketch became one of the 12 panels which pay tribute to our 100th anniversary and this year’s slogan, Read Now ● Read Forever.

“For this year’s theme, Read Now●Read Forever, I drew Emma and Julia reading as they hold a dance pose onstage, Emma has a dream of becoming a dancer when she grows up, and Julia remembers that when she was little, she had the same dream that finally came true. Their shared dream is a link that joins them. 

Reading is a bridge that helps us build dreams and create stories of who we want to be. Reading holds us up, and gives us a path to follow as we work towards our dreams. And reading helps maintain and strengthen us, even after we reach goals and become that person we’ve dreamed of being. 

Books and friends help us now, and forever!” — Barbara McCintock

Six of the twelve panels have been revealed so far. See them here!

Barbara McClintock 
Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated over forty distinguished books for children, including My Grandfather’s Coat, retold by Jim Aylesworth, which received three starred reviews, and her own highly acclaimed Adele and Simon books. Her books have five times been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. She has received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, as well as a myriad of other awards and honors. Barbara lives in Connecticut with her family and two very graceful cats.
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About the Collaborative Poster
In celebration of the centennial of Children’s Book Week, 12 beloved children’s book illustrators have contributed their beautiful artwork inspired by our 2019 theme, Read Now ● Read Forever. A new panel of the poster will be revealed each month of 2019. You can see all the panels revealed so far and learn more about the contributing artists at EveryChildaReader.net!

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