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Animation Art Auctioned Online to Help Katrina Survivors

Native New Orleanian Mo Willems is hosting The Pigeons Auction For Children Affected By Katrina. The online auction begins Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 25, 2005. Willems asked a group of friends who happen to be renowned childrens authors, illustrators and television creators to join him in auctioning off original art, signed books and signed memorabilia to benefit the Foundations for Recovery, a Louisiana-based group that has organized funds for children and education affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

Artists participating include:Brad Bird (Director of THE INCREDIBLES)Dave Barry (Pulitzer Prize-winning funny man)Eric CarleKevin Clash (SESAME STREETs Elmo)Eoin Colfer (of Artemis Fowl fame)Tony DiterlizziDave EggersNewbery Medalist Kate DiCamilloOscar winner Pete Docter (director of MONSTERS, INC.)Caldecott honoree Margaret Chodos IrvineCaldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCullyNoel McNeil (Bear of BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE)Tamora PierceCaldecott honoree Brian PinkneyJon ScieszkaCaldecott honoree David ShannonCaldecott honoree Brian SelznickCaldecott honoree Lane SmithAndrew Stanton (director of FINDING NEMO)Tom Warburton (creator of CODENAME KIDS NEXT DOOR).

Willems will be auctioning some SHEEP IN THE BIG CITY stuff and an original drawing from DONT LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS.

The auction is located at www.mowillems.com or stores.ebay.com/Pigeon-Auction.

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