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Doodle 4 Google!

January 19, 2012

Calling all young artists! Imagine getting an opportunity to design the Google logo to be shared and seen by MILLIONS. Then, imagine your artwork gracing the package of a box of Crayola crayons. Now, imagine winning $30,000 in scholarships, plus an additional $50,000 for your school. That, my friends, is the grand prize for a contest unveiled today at Google…and I am one of the judges:)

This year’s theme is one that is near and dear to my heart: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”.

Come on! How cool is that!?

Kindergarten through 12th grade artists can participate. In fact, here is a nifty video that explains it all.

My Spiderwick collaborator, Holly Black and I will be part of the esteemed panel of judges, which include fellow children’s book star, Mo Willems, as well as singer, Katy Perry(!) Finalists will be flown to New York City to join the judges in announcing the winner on May 17th.

So what are you doing still reading this? Go! Get drawing! I look forward to seeing some familiar names in the final judging.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.