The official 2023 Children’s Book Week poster was created by Rilla Alexander, an award-winning artist, author, and illustrator. The poster features this year’s Children’s Book Week slogan, Read Books. Spark Change. which speaks to the power that books and stories have to inspire positive change. After checking out this beautiful poster, don’t forget to get more free resources for Children’s Book Week!
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Rilla Alexander grew up in the country, in Australia, with her little sisters, Fiona and Emily. They had a sandbox and swings in the backyard, and a playhouse called Sunshine Cottage, which was made out of a rainwater tank. Nowadays, Rilla is an illustrator, author, and designer and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Steve, and their puppy, Spot. She has written many picture books and board books, including The New Rooster and Touchwords.
“I was thrilled and honored to be invited to design this year’s Children’s Book Week Poster and immediately sat down to explore the amazing archive of posters,” said Rilla. “For the theme Read Books. Spark Change I kept coming back to the butterfly effect. And how, even if you’re small, you can make a big difference.”
“With pencil on paper, I started to sketch butterflies and books,” Rilla continued. “I discovered a child putting a book onto their back like a backpack, ready for a journey, and using the book as wings to take off like a butterfly. In the process, our hero shows a caterpillar that it can change and fly too. Eventually I realised the pages of the open book were the spark, inspiring imagination and creativity.”
Rilla is the creator of Hippo Park Pals, a series of miniature picture books (Herbert on the Slide, Fiona in the Sandbox, and the forthcoming Herbert Climbs to the Top and Fiona on the Swings) published by HIppo Park, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers.
About Children’s Book Week
Launched in 1919, Children’s Book Week will commemorate its 104th anniversary in 2023. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Email email@example.com with questions.
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Every year, an official poster celebrating Children’s Book Week has been created by a children’s literature icon. All proceeds from the Children’s Book Week Store benefit Every Child a Reader.
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