BAR HARBOR — Svatava Simeckova, a 9-year-old Conners Emerson student, will have her original poster featured on the 2017 Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival poster and other promotional material this upcoming year.
Simeckova’s posters and other entries in the poster contest were anonymously displayed at the MDI YWCA, where the public voted via secret ballots. The competition was tight, but organizers announced that Simeckova’s art won the competition.
In describing the development of her poster, Simeckova said, “First I made the books on the bottom, then I wrote ‘Bar Harbor Kid’s Book Festival’ on the top and then, I used watercolors to paint around it.”
This year, the Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival and ArtWaves teamed up and invited students to participate in a poster contest, which was set up to engage as many kids as possible to promote art and reading. Through this visual context, kids could express their version of a book festival and what’s appealing to them about reading. The range of topics was wide, from ferries to cats, to the last book they read.
Although Simeckova included pictures of books, she chose to create her own titles for each book. “This festival provides kids the ability to express what reading and books mean to them, while engaging kids through art,” said Liz Cutler, founder of ArtWaves.
The Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival is a community effort to celebrate kids and story. The festival promotes reading and writing by connecting local kids to authors from Maine and beyond. Those authors and illustrators write across genres and reading levels and ages and make school visits in all Mount Desert Island and Trenton schools on the first day of the free two-day event. The second day brings those same authors into the public for panels, readings, workshops and book signings at the YWCA, Jesup Memorial Library and Bar Harbor Congregational Church.