For immediate release | April 18, 2011

YALSA teams with Gareth Hinds to “Picture It @ your library”

CHICAGO — Promote YALSA’s Teen Read Week™ at your library with new products from ALA Graphics, including both print and digital items featuring the art of Gareth Hinds. This year’s Teen Read Week theme is “Picture It @ your library” and encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books or imagine the world through the lens of literature - just for the fun of it.

ALA Graphics and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) are honored to have Hinds, renowned illustrator and graphic artist, create original art in honor of the celebration. Hinds interpreted the theme with teens “picturing” and exploring their dreams at the library.

"Hinds’ artwork pairs perfectly with Teen Read Week,” said YALSA President Kim Patton. “As we encourage teens to explore the world of reading for pleasure, we help them use literature to widen their world and explore different genres, formats and settings that reading can bring to them. Hinds’ artwork is a natural fit, particularly with this year’s theme of Picture It."

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Hinds is the critically-acclaimed creator of five graphic novels, including the recent and much-praised "The Odyssey," published by Candlewick Press and also included on YALSA’s 2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens booklist.

Find the Picture It Poster and Bookmark, along with other “Picture It” products at the ALA Store, where your purchases fund advocacy, awareness and reading — just just for the fun of it!

ALA Graphics supports the ALA mission through the creation and distribution of quality products promoting libraries, literacy, lifelong learning and reading. ALA Graphics develops products based on customer need, including products that support the key action areas of the Association: diversity, education and continued learning, equity of access, intellectual freedom and 21st-century literacy.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,