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Will This Children’s Book Creator Win The World’s Biggest Art Competition?


Aaron Zenz. You know him. You love him. You enjoy listening to him take us behind the scenes of his school visit process:

You like reading his books about hippos, and griffins, and monsters. But here’s something you might not know about him – he just might win the world’s largest art competition.

It’s called ArtPrize, and it’s held in nearby Grand Rapids, Michigan (beginning September 19). For 19 days the city is overtaken with art. People come and vote for their favorites. The public-vote grand prize? $200,000.

Two years ago Zenz placed 3rd with a city-wide painted rock scavenger hunt.

Last year he placed 2nd by creating fan art for kids’ monster drawings.

I’m sensing a trend.

The local news has the scoop on his entry this year.

Can he take the top prize? We’ll find out next month.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.