KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Mo Willems!

Auction #17: 30-minute Skype Visit with Mo Willems

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. 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!

An incredible opportunity for one lucky school, library, or book club! The amazing Mo Willems is offering a 30-minute Skype author/illustrator visit for the high bidder in this auction.  While Mo isn’t currently doing in-person or Skype visits these days, he’s made a one-time exception to help the Sandy relief effort via KidLit Cares. In your 30-minute Skype visit, Mo will show you his studio, chat about writing and illustrating, and read from  BRAND NEW, UNPUBLISHED Elephant & Piggie book!

More details: This visit will be scheduled in December or January at an agreed-upon time. The winner will be responsible for a test run of the technology the week before the event. There can be no recording of the event.

Opening Bid: $30

Auction Ends: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10pm EST. (Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void.)

A note about last-minute bidding: If you are used to computerized Ebay auctions that end at an exact, given second, please know that the KidLit Cares auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to 10pm, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also because I am human) it will not be a totally exact thing.  (I have been working for years to try and clone myself, but to no avail, and I am particularly bummed about that at the moment. Those cloned Kates would have been great at closing auctions all at once.) At any rate, the winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!

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 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!

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22 Comments

  1. Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    $50 for my sons’ school!

  2. Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I would like to bid $100. for the students in my elementary building.

  3. Miss Corene
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I would like to throw in a bid of $150!

  4. Erika
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    175 for our school far away

  5. Erin McGurk
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Bidding $200 for a chance for our district to host this amazing author via Skype!

  6. Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Wow! $225 please.

  7. Miss Corene
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    $250!

  8. Lauren
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    $300.00

  9. Erin McGurk
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s for a great cause! $325

  10. Amy Penwell
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    $350 for a (thankfully dry!) NJ public school library on the Delaware River!

  11. Mary Coleman
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    $450 for a school in Alexandria, VA

  12. Judy Williams
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    $500 please. And thanks for organizing this, Kate!

  13. Lauren
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    $550.00

    • Posted November 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Please don’t forget that you need to include your contact information!

  14. Mary Coleman
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    $650

  15. Judy Williams
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    $675

  16. Mary Coleman
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    $700

  17. Liz
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    $800

    • Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      Liz, I need contact info, please – you won!

      • Liz
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

        What would you like besides my email? Can I send you address etc. on a closed site?

        • Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

          All I need is your email – you won – so you can go ahead and make your $800 donation using the link below. Then forward your receipt to me at kmessner at kate messner dot com (no spaces or anything) and I’ll put you in touch with Mo’s wife to arrange the Skype visit, okay?

  18. Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    This auction is now closed. The winner is the high bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice. If that’s you, please make sure your contact information on that comment is current so that I can touch base in a few minutes to confirm that you won. Then, you’ll use the Red Cross link below to make a donation in the amount of your high bid to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please don’t do that until I contact you, just to be sure. If your bid is listed after this notice, you are not the high bidder, as your bid came in after the auction closed. (We still appreciate your support, though!) Here’s the donation link:

    https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002

    After you have made your donation, please email me at the following address: k m e s s n e r at kate messner dot com (all lower case, no spaces) with your Red Cross receipt attached. On Monday, I’ll provide you with the information you’ll need to get in touch with the donor of your item and carry out the terms of the auction.

    Thank you – again – for your support in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Your generosity will be a huge help to the Red Cross as the serve the people hurting the most in the storm’s path.

    ~Kate

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