Reading Bug National Art Contest


In Brian Selznick's beautiful new book, Big Tree, Mama says "A good parent gives their child roots and wings. Roots to settle down, and wings to bravely go where you need to go. That's a metaphor..."

Using this quote - and thinking about the idea that you will grow into a brave tree with strong roots - what would your tree look like?


  1. Draw, color, paint, or create an artistic rendition of your tree. You can print and use this frame, if you'd like. 
  2. Include this form along with your artwork, so we know who you are.
  3. Send your artwork to:
    SAN CARLOS, CA 94070
    Your submission must be received by May 30, 2023.
  4. The Reading Bug staff will select multiple winners in the following age categories: 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-13 years
  5. 1st place winners will receive a $100 gift card for Runners up will receive a $30 gift card.
  6. Winners will be contacted by email in June, 2023. Winner's art may be posted on The Reading Bug's social media pages.