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05/02/2013 07:41 am ET

Maurice Sendak Tribute: Children's Illustrators Donate Art For Auction

As a tribute to the late Maurice Sendak, some of the best-loved children's illustrators in America are donating original work to be auctioned at BookExpo America. The auction will also include a rare image created by Sendak himself. The 19th Annual Children's Book Art Silent Auction is celebrating the author of Where The Wild Things Are, and all proceeds will be donated to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

Artists include Ruth Sanderson, Maira Kalman, Wendy Watson and Bruce Degen. "Maurice Sendak is probably the illustrator most universally revered by other illustrators working in the field today. He has been the gold standard by which all others are judged, and by which we judge ourselves," said Sanderson in a press release put out by the auction.

The charity was chosen because Sendak fought against censorship after his book In the Night Kitchen was removed from shelves due to an image of one of the characters depicted in the nude.

The auction takes place on May 29th at BookExpo America in New York City.

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