New Keith Haring Children’s Book Keeps His Legacy Alive

Looking for new ways to educate the youth about some of the greatest artists that has lived? Well there is a perfect book for that!

Kay Haring, sister of iconic graffiti artist Keith Haring, has created a children’s book about her beloved brother’s colorful life. Titled Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, the book contains about 40-pages of bold, colorful drawings with the reminiscent aesthetic of Keith’s works illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Published by the major Penguin Random House publishing, the book follows his life from a baby to adulthood, showing how he never let anyone get in the way of his ambition. The influential 80s artist believed strongly in educating about politics, social issues and cared deeply about children and their future. This book honors keeping him and his legacy alive.

The book will be released February 14th, just in time to honor Keith’s life, as it will be the 27th anniversary of his death on the 16th. Kay Haring will also donate 25% of the proceeds to the Youth Advisory Committee- a foundation that offers grants to fund projects that address the issues facing their peers in Berks County in Haring’s hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

“I hope the passion he had as an artist is apparent to the kids who read it. I also want to highlight his philanthropy and hope that it inspires children to give back in their own community.” – Kay Haring, Huffington Post

There will be a meet-and-greet book signing at Reading Public Museum on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a second event on Sunday, February 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission is required to attend the event and there will be special activities for children, a view of Haring’s work that were loaned to the museum, and access to the rest of the museum.

Copies of Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing will be on sale throughout the event but you may also reserve a copy by contacting melissa.varone@readingpublicmuseum.org.

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