The Chicken Would Like to Speak... support of every kid's right to read freely.

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will launch its Fund for Free Speech in Children's Books with a Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 25, at BookExpo America. The ABC auction will feature more than 100 works of art by beloved children's illustrators, including Barbara McClintock, Jerry Pinckney, Chris Raschka, Lane Smith, Mo Williams. An online preview of the artwork, including the above, is here.

© illustration Deborah Freedman, 2011

The Illustration Friday topic for May 20, 2011 is SOAKED.