Phoenix Public Library Seeks Entries for Illustration Contest

Sept. 24, 2013

Library Bird ImagePhoenix Public Library invites young artists in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original artwork for a new children’s book by Sasha and Rodney Glassman, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun.” Artwork will be selected to illustrate the book to be published by the Glassmans and released April 12, 2014 at the Arizona Science Center. More than 50,000 copies of the book will be distributed free of charge – one for every kindergarten student in Maricopa County. 

Young artists may enter up to two drawings in any medium. Illustrations may be in color or black and white, but may not exceed 11 x 17 inches. Colored backgrounds are preferred. Artwork may be submitted to any Phoenix Public Library location October 1 - 31. The text of the book, contest entry forms, and additional information are available at 

“Sasha and I are excited to be partnering with Phoenix Public Library and children across the valley again this year to share our story about solar energy,” explains Rodney Glassman.

Currently the Cave Creek town manager, Glassman has a PhD in arid land resource sciences. As a Tucson city councilman, he wrote the first-in-the-nation mandatory rainwater harvesting, gray water plumbing and solar powered water heating ordinances. Sasha Glassman is an attorney and board member of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board.

The Glassmans’ first book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain,” was illustrated by children in Tucson and distributed to kindergarten students in Tucson Unified School District and other districts in Pima County. Their second book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can,” was the subject of last year’s illustration contest in partnership with Phoenix Public Library. More than 46,000 copies of the book were distributed to Phoenix area kindergarten students in April 2013.

The project is supported by UFCW, First Solar, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 469, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Firefighters Union, AEA, MCESA, City of Tempe, ASU-GIOS, Chandler Education Foundation, Lifelock, Freeport McMoRan, ASU Foundation and the Madison Education Foundation.

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