The Library as Incubator Project is proud to announce our partnership with TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, The Real Fauxtographer, and EgmontUSA.  Together, we’re hosting an epic Teen Read Week™ art contest called It Came From a Book! 

It Came from a Book! postcard

The contest begins today, June 21st, and runs through September 30th.  We’re planning to collect a huge online gallery of the entries and announce the winners here on the Library as Incubator Project website during Teen Read Week™, October 14th-20th, 2012.  Read on for more info on submitting your library-incubated artwork and the prizes the winner could take home!


Here are the basics:  read any book and create a piece of art inspired by the story.  Your artwork can be any type– photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, manga– we want to see it all!  Submit a digital photograph of your work to by 11:59 PM CST September 30th, 2012. Be sure to include the following information with your entry to ensure that it is eligible:

  • Make sure your entry has the subject heading TRW Art Contest
  • Include your full nameyour library (school or public), and the title and author of the book that inspired your art.
  • Include the statement “I affirm that this is an original piece of artwork.”

During Teen Read Week™, the Library as Incubator Project will host a digital art gallery of all entries to the It Came From a Book! TRW Art Contest, and we will also collect votes on the best library-incubated artwork.  The winner will be announced on the site the following week!


  • $50 Amazon giftcard
  • Original art from The Real Fauxtographer
  • Library as Incubator Project t-shirts
  • Signed books from hot YA authors

Special thanks to authors Gennifer Albin, Bethany Griffin, Beth Revis, and Veronica Roth, who generously donated signed copies of their books as prizes.

Thanks also go to our sponsors, Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, The Real Fauxtographer (Margot Wood), and EgmontUSA, with a special shout-out to their Teens Top 10 nominated authors Ilsa J. Bick (Ashes) and Myra McEntire (Hourglass).

Download & share posters, postcards, and logos:

For updates & more information:

Follow the Library as Incubator Project (@IArtLibraries), Teen Librarian’s Toolbox (@TLT16), and EgmontUSA (@EgmontUSA) on Twitter, and follow the hashtag #TRWArt.

Keep an eye out for blog posts about the contest from participating authors!

Teen Read Week™ is administered annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  Neither YALSA nor ALA sponsored or endorsed the TRW Art Contest, even though it is uncommonly cool.  Find information and more about this year’s Teen Read Week™ theme, It Came From the Library, at the official YALSA Teen Read Week™site.

UPDATE 7/4/2012:

Need some inspiration to get your It Came From a Book! entry ready?  Check out our 10 Books for Teen Artists post!

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