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Press Release Fun: Aliki and the Art of Donation

Who says press releases have to be all about upcoming books?  From the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature:

Aliki donates art to the Arne Nixon Center

Picture book author/artist Aliki has donated 21 pieces of original art—as many pictures as for one of her famous picture books—to the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno. Aliki’s colorful illustrations feature dozens of charming and playful cats, plus a few birds and mice, too, as only Aliki can portray them—writing, painting, working, and reading, reading, and reading some more. The cats, born in Aliki’s London studio, now have an American address at

After designing the illustrations, Aliki donated the actual art: charming multimedia pictures, on paper, done in pen and ink, colored crayons, markers, and watercolor pens—“whatever I needed,” she explained, “to keep the sketches free.” 

Aliki, who has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books, worked on the cat pictures between other projects, including her forthcoming picture book, Push Button. This features a little boy, based on her toddler grandson, who loves to push buttons. When his finger gets tired, he finds another way to amuse himself (hint: it involves books).

For additional information, contact the Center’s curator, Angelica Carpenter, at (559) 278-8116 or send email to

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.