#12artists: Jon J Muth, author of Zen Ties & Zen Shorts
By Kristen on May 10th, 2011
By now, you’ve probably heard that Scholastic invited twelve outstanding children’s illustrators to create their artistic interpretation of our global literacy campaign: Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The resulting artworks are not only beautiful beyond belief, but the originals are up for auction at www.charitybuzz.com/scholastic until June 5, 2011. All the proceeds from the auction will benefit the non-profits Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). We’ll also be spotlighting one artist each day here on the blog so you can learn more about their works and enter each post’s giveaway for a chance to win an autographed poster version of the piece.
Remember when you were a kid and there was that really cool book that you wanted to read, but you weren’t quite ready for yet? That’s what author/illustrator Jon J Muth spoke to us about last week when he was in town for the unveiling of his contribution to the Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. poster collection.
In his poster, Stillwater the panda looks on as his nephew Koo reaches toward the next book — making his way up the levels of reading, if you will!
As you can imagine, the original of this watercolor poster is breathtaking. If you’re interested in making it your own, be sure to go bid on it over at Charity Buzz, or you can enter to win an autographed copy below!
GIVEAWAY: Enter our giveaway for a chance to win this poster signed by Jon J Muth! To enter, tell us what Zen Shorts means to you or your kids in the comments below. Giveaway ends at 12:00 PM EST 5/17/2011. You must be a legal U.S. resident and at least 18 years old to enter. No purchase necessary. The complete legal rules are here.
**UPDATE: Congrats to John for winning the poster!
Be sure to check in tomorrow as we blog about David Shannon, author of No, David!