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FROM THE SKETCHBOOK, CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK EDITION: Melissa Sweet

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!

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

“Recently I reread The Call of the Wild by Jack London. As someone who has always had a dog, or three, I found the story of the relationship between the main character, the dog Buck, and his owner riveting. I was on the edge of seat my for the entire reading. 

Since the poster came out I’ve heard from many people how much this story affected them. I was wondering if this book was still popular in school libraries and if kids still enjoyed it.

For this collage art I painted on an old book jacket with text from the book inside as the pages. It depicts a neighborhood of kids as immersed in the story as I was, with a small dog eyeing the noble and wolf-like Buck.

I loved the chance to create a piece in reverence to this story”. — Melissa Sweet

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

Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, from board books to nonfiction titles. She wrote and illustrated the New York Times bestseller, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, as well the Sibert Medal-winning Balloons Over Broadway, and illustrated two Caldecott Honor books: A River of Words and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, both by Jen Bryant. When she’s not in her studio, Sweet can often be found riding her bicycle with her dog Ruby, in Portland, Maine. Facebook

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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