David Shannon, author/illustrator of NO, DAVID! and its sequels

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog May 18 2011, post by Ivy Li

For the past two weeks, we’ve showcased several of the twelve children’s books illustrators’ artistic interpretations of our global literacy campaign Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The works, featuring some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, were created to help raise money for literacy nonprofits Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental via an online auction – open now. If you missed our coverage of the artwork so far, click here.

It’s our hope that the amazing artwork will inspire children all over the world — whether they see the posters hanging in their classrooms, the library, or at home –  and remind them that reading is important and shapes who we become.

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"The Arrival," by Shaun Tan. Published by Arthur A. Levine Books (2009).

Scholastic author and illustrator Shaun Tan shared some of the secrets behind his work in this interview. Tan is the author of numerous illustrated works, including The Arrival (2007) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2009). This interview first appeared in The School Library Journal.

With a wordless debut novel (The Arrival, 2007, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine) and a collection of 15 stories (Tales from Outer Suburbia, 2009, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine), Shaun Tan continues to gain worldwide attention for his work. In June 2009, The School Library Journal spoke with him about the perils of fame, the nature of his writing, and his inspiration. Read More