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    Original Design for the "Charlotte Award" -- Signed by Garth Williams

    Garth Williams. "Charlotte Award" original drawing.

    Garth Williams. Original preliminary drawing for children's book award logo, circa 1989: "Charlotte Award" written in a spider's web. Pencil on paper. 12 x 9.5 inches. Signed in full (in ink) by Williams at lower right. A couple of shallow bends. Fine.

    The biennial Charlotte Award -- named, of course, after Charlotte the spider -- was established in the late 1980s by the New York State Reading Association and is determined by students in New York State who vote for their favorite book. The award committee commissioned Garth Williams to design the logo in the late 1980s, and the finished artwork is almost identical to this preliminary drawing except that the final work has Charlotte in the top left corner of the web. A little-known (but perfectly apropos) commissioned work by a favorite illustrator who brought so many characters to life for generations of young readers. From the Estate of Garth Williams.

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    The Charlotte Award was established by the New York State Reading Association to encourage children to read literature of high quality in childhood and beyond. Awarded every other year, it is voted on by students in the state of New York, and it recognizes the book, author, and illustrator. The organization was formed in the 1960s, and the Charlotte Award was established in the late 1980s. It continues to the present day.

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