KidLit Cares: Picture book critique with author Tara Lazar

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Tara Lazar, author of picture books 7 ATE 9 and LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD, is offering a picture book critique (non-rhyming fiction) with a Skype discussion to go over the manuscript in detail and answer any questions you may have about the kidlit publishing business. Tara is a picture book author, founder of the Storystorm writing challenge, and member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. Visit her at

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends:Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8pm EST.

Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void. (Please note: bidding at the last second isn’t a good idea. Websites get overloaded & there’s always a chance that your bid might not post on time. So please bid your best offer with plenty of time to spare.)

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck, and thanks for bidding!

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  1. Jamie Deenihan
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Jamie Deenihan $50

  2. Posted August 30, 2017 at 2:44 am | Permalink


  3. Kellie Byrnes
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Kellie Byrnes $85
    Twitter: @KellieJByrnes

  4. Posted August 30, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    $100!! @NatalieMakesArt // Twitter

  5. Delfina Salimbene
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    $125 – @DelSalimbene (Twitter)

  6. Jenna Feldman
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    $135 – jenna feldman @jennainghana

  7. Jen Bagan
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  8. Jenna Feldman
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    $155.00 – jenna feldman @jennainghana

  9. Patricia Nozell
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    $175 @ptntweets

  10. Lily LaMotte
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    $200 FB me

  11. Delfina Salimbene
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    $225 – @DelSalimbene (Twitter)

  12. Dorothy Wiese
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    $250 (email)

  13. Posted September 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  14. Posted September 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    $290 Twitter: @FictionCity

  15. Delfina Salimbene
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    $300 – @DelSalimbene (Twitter)

  16. Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    $315 @FictionCity

  17. Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    This auction closed at 8pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with a 7:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, Delfina Salimbene ($300)

    At this time, you should make a donation in the amount of your high bid to either the Red Cross or Global Giving Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. Here are the two links:

    Red Cross:

    Global Giving:

    All donations should be made within 24 hours of the auction’s close. After you have made your donation, you will receive an email from that organization with your official receipt. To have your donation recorded, you must forward this email to the following address: Please be sure to forward the receipt email from the organization – screen shots of landing pages and Paypal receipts will not be accepted. In the subject line or body of your email, please let us know which auction you won – that makes the paperwork easier. Thanks!

    After you’ve forwarded your email, your donation will be recorded, and within a day or two, you’ll receive an email from me connecting you with the donor of your item so that you can share necessary information and work out the details. (Donors, please sit tight until you get that email from me!) Thanks for your patience – we’re processing all the paperwork from 200+ auctions in three days, so we’ll do our best to be quick, but it won’t be immediate. And thanks so much for supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts!

    • Delfina Salimbene
      Posted September 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for all that you’ve done to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Kate! I’m so excited for this opportunity to get a critique from Tara Lazar. You guys (and the entire KidLit community) are INCREDIBLE.

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