Read in Color Art Contest

Little Free Library Art Contest Launches in NYC

Calling all student artists in New York City! Enter our contest to design artwork for five special Little Free Library® book-sharing boxes inspired by the Read in Color® program.

Read in Color is an initiative bringing diverse books to Little Free Libraries around the world. When we read books that amplify BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices, we can build a more inclusive future.

Youth living in New York City can reimagine the panel artwork on Read in Color Little Free Libraries to add a uniquely NYC theme! The current design is pictured below.

Back Panel: 13 11/16″ wide x 16″ tall
Side Panel: 11 7/16″ wide x 16″ tall

Contest Details

From the submitted entries, one grand prize winner, four finalists, and ten honorable mentions will be selected. The grand-prize winner’s artwork will appear on five “Read in Color” Little Free Libraries in New York City. They will also receive eight NYCFC tickets, a $250 gift certificate to, and an award certificate with a picture of their artwork. Four finalists will receive four NYCFC tickets, a $50 gift certificate to and an award certificate with a picture of their artwork. Ten honorable mention winners will receive two NYCFC tickets and an award certificate with a picture of their artwork.


  • Contest opens: June 15, 2022
  • Submission deadline: September 1, 2022
  • Open to residents of New York City’s five boroughs
  • Artists must be between 11 and 17 years of age when entering
  • Submissions must be uploaded via our entry form
  • Winners and honorees announced October 1, 2022
  • See the full contest entry details

Read in Color Art Contest Partner Organizations

Thank you to partner organizations H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths, New York City Public Schools, New York Restoration Project, CUIMC Office of Government and Community Affairs, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden for making this contest possible.

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