Let’s help… KidLitCares for Oklahoma

Yesterday, while I was talking about books and writing with an amazing group of 4th and 5th graders in Western New York, another group of elementary school students took shelter in their school, clinging to walls, huddling in the protective arms of their teachers as a tornado swept through their city. Later on, I saw the rescue crews on the news, and my heart ached for all of those families.

I spent time in the Oklahoma City area when I was researching my weather thriller, Eye of the Storm, and the people were so welcoming and wonderful. Those of us who weren’t in the storm’s path may be in a position to help now. So here’s a chance to do that.

Instead of pulling together an auction like we did to benefit the SuperStorm Sandy KidLitCares relief effort, I thought we’d try something faster, because Oklahoma needs help right now, given the magnitude of damage from this week’s EF5 tornado. Please consider making a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Effort now. If you donate at least $10, I’ll enter you in a drawing to win a signed book.

I’m donating some of my books, and some other authors are doing the same – not because a book giveaway is the real reason to make this donation but because it’s a way for the children’s literature community to promote the effort and say thanks to those who decide to donate. I’m hoping that we can also donate signed books to the library system that serves families affected by the tornado, either to add to their collections or to distribute to displaced families. More on that when things settle down some…but here’s the KidLitCares Donation Drive information.

To be entered in the KidLitCares for Oklahoma Book Giveaway:

Click here and make a donation of at least $10 for  American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Ideally, you’ll do this now. Like, right now. But if you want to be entered for the book drawing, be sure to do it before 12pm EST on June 7th.  I’ll enter your name in the drawing once for each $10 you donate. So a $50 donation equals five chances to win.

You’ll receive an email receipt from the Red Cross.  Forward that receipt to kidlitcares@gmail.com, and you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for one of our donated signed books!  You can see an ever-updating list of donated signed books below!

On June 7th, I’ll draw names for as many books as we have donated. I’ll contact you via email if you win so that you can provide a mailing address for the author to mail your signed book. Because our authors are donating postage, books can be mailed to US addresses only. (Sorry!) Again – the deadline is 12pm EST on June 7th.

 

***NEWSFLASH 5/22 2pm : We’ve just had a MEGA-DONATION FOR A GRAND-PRIZE GIVEAWAY!!

One of my amazing publishers, Chronicle Books, has just donated TWO great big prize packages for KidLitCares for Oklahoma Red Cross donors. One is a collection of great Chronicle YA titles, and the other is a spectacular picture book package. So here’s what we’re going to do…

Whoever makes the LARGEST Red Cross donation via KidLitCares before noon EST on June 7th will get to choose one of these two packages as a thank you gift.  The other package will be given to one of our $10 or more donors, chosen in a random drawing. That way, there’s incentive to give BIG if you can – as well as incentive to give whatever you can, even if your heart is bigger than your wallet. 🙂  Check out these great titles…

Chronicle Books YA Books KidLitCares Thank You Package

PRISONERS IN THE PALACE by Michaela MacColl
GIRL MEETS BOY by Kelly Milner Halls
THE SPACE BETWEEN TREES by Katie Williams
THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
 

Chronicle Books PICTURE BOOKS KidLit Cares Thank You Package

HIS SHOES WERE FAR TOO TIGHT by Daniel Pinkwater and Calef Brown

WUMBERS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
BEARS! BEARS! BEARS!  by Bob Barner
IT’S A TIGER by David LaRochelle and Jeremy Tankard
AN EGG IS QUIET by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
DUCK! RABBIT! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO by Molly Idle
CHLOE INSTEAD by Micah Player
 
Update: 5/24 – Another Mega-Donation from Boyds Mills Press – this will be given away as another grand prize in our drawing!
 
WORDSONG Book Basket from Boyds Mills Press
 
Cowboys by David L. Harrison
Bug Off by Jane Yolen
Running with Trains by Michael J. Rosen
If You Were a Chocolate Mustache by J. Patrick Lewis
Grumbles from the Forest by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Jane Yolen
Face Bug by J. Patrick Lewis
 

Please donate – and  help us spread the word about KidLitCares for Oklahoma by sharing this link on Twitter, Facebook and wherever else you have friends!

http://www.katemessner.com/lets-help-kidlitcares-for-oklahoma/

 

Here’s the list of books that have already been donated and will be given away on June 7th…

(It will grow…and I will try my best to keep up with it…please be patient! New books will be added daily.)

HIDE AND SEEK by Kate Messner

WAKE UP MISSING by Kate Messner

THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS by Jacqueline Houtman

SIRENS by Janet Fox

BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX by Laurel Snyder

PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan

SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Joanne Levy

1 ZANY ZOO by Lori Degman

THE GENTLEMAN BUG by Julian Hector

TRADING FACES by Julie DeVillers and Jennifer Roy

BEDEVILED: DADDY’S LITTLE ANGEL by Shani Petroff

HOUNDS: LOYAL HUNTING COMPANIONS by Becky Levine

THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY by Nikki Loftin

SPLISH SPLASH! by Naomi Davis

COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop

THE GOLLYWHOPPER GAMES by Jody Feldman

PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS by Diane Zahler

FLUTTER by Gina Linko

WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT by Brianna Caplan Sayres

THE WIG IN THE WINDOW by Kristen Kittscher

I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN! by Helene Boudreau

THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING by Linda Urban

SEE YOU AT HARRY’S by Jo Knowles

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE by Madelyn Rosenberg

NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS by Dayna Lorentz

HOPE IN PATIENCE by Beth Fehlbaum

COWBOY CAMP by Tammi Sauer

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OKLAHOMA by Tammi Sauer

NUGGET AND FANG by Tammi Sauer

THE WATER CASTLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore

ONE FOR THE MURPHYS by Linda Mullaly Hunt

WANT TO GO PRIVATE by Sarah Darer Littman

LIFE, AFTER by Sarah Darer Littman

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THE POWER OF POSITIVE by Sarah Darer Littman

THE UNQUIET by Jeannine Garsee

SAY THE WORD by Jeannine Garsee

BEYOND LUCKY by Sarah Aronson

I’M BORED by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

THOUSAND WORDS by Jennifer Brown

MADHATTAN MYSTERY by John J. Bonk

THE FLINT HEART by Katherine Paterson (signed by Katherine Paterson & John Rocco, donated by Anne Moore)

TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS by Audrey Vernick

THE UNIVERSE OF FAIR by Leslie Bulion

BROTHERS AT BAT: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMAZING ALL-BROTHER BASEBALL TEAM  by Audrey Vernick

SCARS by Cheryl Rainfield

STAINED (ARC) by Cheryl Rainfield

PHANTOM STALLION: THE WILD ONE by Terri Farley

THE CAMPING TRIP THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Barb Rosenstock

FEARLESS by Barb Rosenstock

THE SWEETEST THING by Christina Mandelski

BOY + BOT by Ame Dyckman

THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST by Sarvenaz Tash

NEVER EIGHTEEN by Megan Bostic

MELONHEAD AND THE BIG STINK by Katy Kelly

FOREST HAS A SONG by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

COMPLETE set of CHARLIE JOE JACKSON book!! by Tommy Greenwald

THE SMALL ADVENTURES OF POPEYE AND ELVIS by Barbara O’Connor

ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith

CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith

THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA by Ellis Weiner

IF IT’S NO TROUBLE…A BIG POLAR BEAR by Lisa Dalrymple

GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood

WHY KIMBA SAVED THE WORLD by Meg Dendler

MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD by Tameka Fryer Brown

HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS by David LaRochelle

ME AND MEOW by Adam Gudeon

NOBODY’S SECRET by Michaela MacColl

DOUBLE VISION by F.T. Bradley

BOOKS 1-3 in the JAGUAR STONES series by J and P Voelkel

THESE SEAS COUNT by Alison Formento

MERELY DEE by Marian Cheatham

AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION by Amy Fellner Dominy

BIG SLICK by Eric Luper

WILD THINGS by Clay Carmichael

BROTHER, BROTHER (ARC) by Clay Carmichael

GONE FISHING: A NOVEL IN VERSE by Tamera Will Wissinger

WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN by Jodi Moore

GOOD NEWS NELSON by Jodi Moore

ABSENT by Katie Williams

THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler

OUT OF NOWHERE by Maria Padian

ISABELLA, STAR OF THE STORY by Jennifer Fosberry

WRITE A POEM STEP BY STEP by JoAnn Early Macken

WAITING OUT THE STORM by JoAnn Early Macken

KEEPER by Kathi Appelt

TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP by Kathi Appelt

MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS by Kathi Appelt

PICKLE by Kim Baker

THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

SELLING HOPE by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

FREEDOM’S FIRE by Elizabeth Falk

THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

A THUNDEROUS WHISPER by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

THE BARFTASTIC LIFE OF LOUIE BURGER by Jenny Meyerhoff

SAMI’S SLEEPAWAY SUMMER by Jenny  Meyerhoff

GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe

THE WAY WE FALL by Megan Crewe

AFTER ELI by Rebecca Rupp

THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND by Rebecca Rupp

POOP HAPPENED by Sarah Albee

SECRETS AND SHADOWS by Shannon Delany

WEATHER WITCH (ARC w/ author notations & hand-crafted bookmark!) by Shannon Delany

OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK by Jesse Klausmeier

FAIRY BELL SISTERS 1 & 2 by Julia Denos

CALL ME OKLAHOMA by Miriam Glassman

DO PRINCESSES WEAR HIKING BOOTS? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

DO PRINCESSES REALLY KISS FROGS? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

DO PRINCESSES SCRAPE THEIR KNEES by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

DO PRINCESSES HAVE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

THANK YOU, AUNT TALLULAH! by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

DO SUPER HEROES HAVE TEDDY BEARS? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE by Lisa Graff

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY! by Liz Garton Scanlon

THE HUMMING ROOM by Ellen Potter

THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter

MUSTACHE BABY by Bridget Heos

BEASTLY FEASTS by Robert L. Forbes

LET’S HAVE A BITE! by Robert L. Forbes

BEAST FRIENDS FOREVER by Robert L. Forbes

HEAVENLY by Jennifer Laurens

OVERPROTECTED by Jennifer Laurens

MAGIC HANDS by Jennifer Laurens

ONCE UPON A TOAD by Heather Vogel Frederick

GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX and LITTLE BO PEEP CAN’T GET TO SLEEP by Erin Dealey

CANTA, RANA, CANTA/SING, FROGGIE, SING by Carolyn Flores

DEVIANTS and COMPLIANCE (Dust Chronicles 1 & 2) by Maureen McGowan

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15 Comments

  1. Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Hey Kate–I would be very happy to donate a library (hardcover) edition of POOP.
    You’re awesome.
    Sarah

  2. Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate– count me in. Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox and Little Bo Peep Can’t Get To Sleep / Atheneum, Siomon & Schuster.

  3. Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I’d be happy to donate copies of Ducks Go Vroom (hardcover library edition early reader), Estie the Mensch, and Duck Sock Hop. (hardcover picture books).

    • Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      Jane, we’re in pretty good shape for right now (we have a book for every donor and then some!) but if you want to drop me an email kidlitcares@gmail.com, I’ll let you know if donations start to outpace books. Thanks!

  4. Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I would love to donate a book to the cause, but I can’t find the link for that. It would be Ten Creepy Monsters, written and illustrated by moi. How do I go about doing that?

    • Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      Carey, we’re in pretty good shape for right now (we have a book for every donor and then some!) but if you want to drop me an email kidlitcares@gmail.com, I\’ll let you know if donations start to outpace books. Thanks!

  5. Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! I’d love to donate a copy of THE DARKEST CORNER OF THE WORLD. Where do I send it?

    • Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      Urve, we\’re in pretty good shape for right now (we have a book for every donor and then some!) but if you want to drop me an email kidlitcares@gmail.com, I\\\’ll let you know if donations start to outpace books. Thanks!

  6. Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate, I’ll happily donate a copy of my YA novel, A Closer Look. I applaud your effort!

    • Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      Hi, Karen! We’re in pretty good shape for right now (we have a book for every donor and then some!) but if you want to drop me an email kidlitcares@gmail.com,I’ll let you know if donations start to outpace books. Thanks!

  7. Maria Gianferrari
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for doing this, Kate!! I’m reading Eye of the Storm aloud to my daughter, so this is very eerie and prophetic as well as sad 🙁

    By the way, I also loved your NESCBWI workshop–so much great material!!

    I’ll be making a donation soon–good luck!!

  8. Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate –

    Do you need more book donations? I can donate copies of Memento Nora and Forgetting Curve.

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