Wordplay 2021: Illustrator Draw-Off

Illustrator Draw-off

Virtual Wordplay is a presentation of St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. This event is in partnership with Ryan Reads (a program of Ryan Companies) and the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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Get ready! Get set! DRAW! Join four amazing and celebrated children’s illustrators Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope), Linda Bondestam (Good Night, Earth), Mike Wohnoutka (How to Apologize), and Jon Klassen (Pax: Journey Home) as they compete for your votes with a live-illustration draw off. Each round, the moderator will give a new prompt to the illustrators then YOU get to vote for your favorite. We’ll declare a winner at the end, based on votes, but the real winner will of course be FUN!

Support the Loft and Our Wordplay Partners

We’re grateful to our sponsors for their leadership, but your support is critical too! Help this innovative festival thrive by making a donation in any amount to support the Loft and Wordplay today. Plus, show your support for our literary community and featured Wordplay authors by purchasing Wordplay titles from our bookseller partners. Thank you!


If this event is sold out, you will be able to watch the overflow stream on the Loft's YouTube and Facebook channels.

Additional Youth Resources

Keep reading & writing at home with these fun and engaging worksheets and creative prompts! (Coming soon!)