Yesterday we announced the launch of a new project, The Art of Read Every Day, which features gorgeous artwork from a line up of talented children's book illustrators. If you haven't browsed the collection yet, do! You'll also find free companion resources for each piece of artwork, like video, discussion guides, and writing prompts.
We also told you yesterday that we'd be featuring each illustrator, one by one, for the next 13 weeks. The hope is that you get to know more about the artists, their process, and their inspiration behind their work (in general and for this particular project). We'll be sharing all of their resources on our social media channels, so keep an eye out!
This week, Harry Bliss is in the spotlight. Bliss defines himself as a "comic book geek" when he was younger, and also "ridiculously disciplined" when he was first starting out in illustration. His hard work has paid off: he's a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker and the illustrator and author of numerous children’s books, like Bailey and Bailey at the Museum.
Bliss's artwork for this project features one of his book characters, Bailey, reading by a tree alongside friends. I love the "Read Every Day" carved into the trunk by the beak of a hammering woodpecker.
We've got so many more resources to share:
- you can download companion discussion guides (for grades K—2 and 3—5)
- watch Bliss answer questions about his childhood and how he first fell in love with art
- listen to Bliss read aloud from Bailey (we love his voices!)
- purchase his artwork here in poster form
Orginal artwork by Harry Bliss.