Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 Children's Book Week Poster and Bookmark with a Puzzle

The poster and bookmark for this year's Children's Book Week (May 12-19, 2013) has been released and they are, as always, wonderful.  The poster was done by Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of  The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck.

The poster very cleverly pays homage to two of Selznick's fellow author/illustrators and legends in their own right - Remy Charlip and Maurice Sendak - both of whom we lost in 2012.  The little parachuting boy reminds us of the cover of Charlip's classic book Fortunately, a story about the good and bad things that happen on a young boy's trip to a surprise party in Florida.

And of course, if you look closely, you can see that the boy is holding a copy of Sendak's Where the Wild Thing Are.

The accompanying bookmark this year was done by fellow author/illustrator Grace Lin, whose wonderful work Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a 2010 Newbery Honor book.  The bookmark has the same sense of Chinese tradition that pervades Lin's work and makes it so awesome.  What is really special about this bookmark is that it comes with instructions for drawing a dragon's face using letters of the alphabet.  AND along the same line, the face of the bookmark contains a puzzle - finding the hidden letters in the image.

Can you find the letters?  Click to enlarge

You can download and print Grace's lovely bookmark (and the answer to the puzzle) here 

I used to love Hidden Object Puzzles when I was a kid.  They always came in some comic books, or kid's magazines like Highlights, Jack and Jill, or Children's Playmate, and in our Weekly Reader.  Thinking about this, I remembered I have a few issues of Child Life that were published during the war and sure enough, they all contained the Hidden Object Puzzle.  Here, then, are three puzzles for your solving enjoyment (click each one to enlarge it).

This one is pretty easy - from February 1943

This was a little harder - from January 1943
I found this one more difficult - from July 1943 (OK, I confess
this had me stumped for a long time)
To see posters Children's Book Week from1939 to 1945 see my previous post here


  1. I loved those Hidden Object Puzzles too, when I was a child, and my students still love them. Thanks for the historical ones - how fun!

  2. Love how the Scrap Drive picture reflects the WWII homefront. I haven't found all the hidden objects though.

    Bookmark is fab too and letters are well hidden. Still working on those.