KidLit Cares: Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Watching the heartbreaking news out of Texas the morning and thinking of friends & readers in the path of Hurricane Harvey. I’m also thinking that it’s time to bring back KidLit Cares to help raise much-needed funds for the relief effort.
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Five years ago, our children’s literature community raised over $35,000 for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Today and in the weeks to come, the Red Cross will be serving thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Those families include so many kids who read our books. Let’s do what we can to help out, okay?Author-publisher-editor-agent and other bookish friends… If you’d like to donate a manuscript critique and/or skip-the-slush-pile pass, an author visit, a Skype visit with a collection of signed books, or another relatively big-ticket item for an online auction fundraiser for the Red Cross, please email kidlitcaresharvey at gmail  dot  com with the following information:

1. Your name and a very brief bio.

2. A jpg of you OR your most recent book

3. A detailed description of your donation (see examples of how to write it here: Full manuscript critiques, special access to agents/editors, special consultation packages, and in-person or Skype author visits with signed books brought our largest donations last time. In the interest of keeping the auction manageable, I’d like to stick to those kinds of items, rather than single signed book donations. Thanks!

4. A minimum opening bid, if you feel strongly about it – if not, I’ll set this based on past experience for similar items.

UPDATE:  Donations have come in faster than I can even read the emails. I need to wind down with accepting them at this point so that we can actually get the 100+ auction items listed. If you still want to donate a full manuscript critique, agent-editor crit or access, original art, or other high ticket item, please email by 3pm EST on Monday 8/28. Thanks!

The auction will run over the next week or so – after it ends, I’ll send an email connecting you with the person who won your item, and you’ll take it from there. Feel free to email with any questions!

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  1. Posted August 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I can donate a framed signed print off my work. 🙂

  2. Posted August 28, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I can donate a metal print of my artwork.

  3. Posted August 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I sent an email, Kate. I hope you received it!

  4. Posted August 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    The North Texas Book Festival would like to donate a full package to the 2018 North Texas Book Festival. It includes:

    1 full table that can be used by 1 or 2 authors – $60.00
    1 membership – $30.00
    1 or 2 book award entries for 1 author – $25.00 to $50.00
    ¼ page ad in program – $25.00
    Chuckwagon Breakfast (Awards breakfast) for 1 – $10.00

  5. Posted August 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate,
    I can donate a full manuscript critique (picture book). I will be especially happy to work diverse subjects and writers, and bilingual books.

    Monica Brown

  6. Posted August 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hope it’s not too late to donate a Skype visit, signed poster and signed books!–Barbara Dee

  7. Posted August 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Is it too late to donate? Because I’d be happy to donate a Skype visit and books.

  8. Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s late — but I can donate a case of 30 individually personalized, signed Brave Clara Barton (release date – February 27th, 2018) books for a classroom. Along with that, I can do a Skype session with that school/classroom. If the winning school is within 200-250 miles of my address (Chalfont, PA) I will do the author visit in person in lieu of the skype session. It’ll just have to be after February 27th, 2018
    Starting bid should be approx. $300

    Frank Murphy

    • Brenda Chaloupka
      Posted August 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      What grade would you recommend for your book or visit?

      • Posted August 30, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        Hi, Brenda! I don’t think my donation is going to be offered here – I missed the deadline. But I generally do visits for K-6. But the best “wheelhouse” for my books is Grades 1 – 4.


  9. Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to donate sets of fire safety books for pre-K through 1st grade, if you still need auction items.

  10. Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I can donate an exciting, fun, highly interactive Skype visit, posters, and books for an elementary school. Hope I’m not too late!

  11. Posted August 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

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  12. Susan Goodman
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate, I missed the deadline. Are you thinking about adding another round of contributions for another auction?

  13. Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I would love to donate a Skype visit if it’s not too late

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