KidLit Cares: Skype Visit & Signed Books from Author Maria Gianferrari

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!

Picture book author Maria Gianferrari is offering a 30 minute Skype visit for your school, homeschool, library, book club plus signed/dedicated copies of each of her five picture books: Penny & Jelly The School ShowPenny & Jelly Slumber Under the StarsCoyote MoonOfficer Katz & Houndini and her latest picture book, Hello Goodbye Dog as well as assorted book swag.
Note from Kate: I do not think the sweet dog is included in the swag. 🙂
Maria is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Virginia and author of the Penny & Jelly books, Coyote Moon (an ALA Notable Book and Junior Library Guild Selection),Officer Katz and Houndini and Hello Goodbye Dog. She has future titles forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, Boyds Mills Press, GP Putnam’s Sons and Little Bee. To learn more about Maria, visit her at, onFacebook or Instagram.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Tuesday, September 5, 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. Samar Perry
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Samar Perry $50 email for updates on current high bid is

  2. Posted August 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Dog, Becca, is priceless, and not included ;).

    Thank you for bidding, Samar :)!!

  3. Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    $75 if the dog is included in the Skype visit 😛


  4. Laura Mossa
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I will bid $100 for this awesome opportunity! Thank you Maria!
    I can be reached at or through Twitter @lauramossa

    • Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Hello Laura!!! I hope Etta’s recovering well!

      Thank you so much for your very generous bid!! 🙂 Becca says, “woof!”

  5. Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I always introduce Becca during my Skype visits Wendy :). She’s the highlight & what kids remember most ;)!!

    Thank you for bidding!

  6. Posted August 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I will bid $200.00 for a chance for elementary students in the building where I am working to have your books, Maria. I have been working on updating their collection. It needs help. They would be thrilled to chat with you. Thank you so much!

    • Posted August 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Margie!! What a generous bid! Thank you so much for donating to this very good cause! Greetings to Mulan!!

  7. Orit Brewer
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I will add $50 to Margie Culver’s $200 so that her students can enjoy the books. You will just have to update me on where to send the $50 check if she/we win 🙂
    And I hope it’s legitimate to do it this way.

  8. DJ Weiss
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink


    • Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your bid, DJ Weiss! An email address is necessary to make the bid valid.

  9. Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:10 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, DJ Weiss!

    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.

    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!

  10. Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink


    Thank you again for all of your hard work!!


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