The artwork for this summer's Catch the Reading Bug! reading program is by the terrificÂ illustrator Harry Bliss.Â Harry did the artwork on our folders, posters, stickers, bookmarks, bookbags, and
t-shirts.Â HeÂ is perhaps best known as the illustrator of the popular "diary" series of picture books by Doreen Cronin, including Diary ofÂ a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary ofÂ a Fly.Â He seems to have a thing for bugs!
Harry grew up in a family of painters and illustrators in upstate New York.
He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University.Â Along with illustrating children's books, Harry has done numerous book covers and contributed cartoons and cover art for the New Yorker magazine.Â Other children'sÂ books he has illustrated include Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, Don't Forget to Come Back!, Countdown to Kindergarten and Which Would You Rather Be?
If you don't have a summer reading folder yet, stop by either Olathe library and pick one up.Â And while you're there,Â maybe check out a book illustrated by Harry Bliss.