KidLit Cares: 90-minute school visit consultation with author Michelle Cusolito

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!

90 Minute School Visit Consultation for an author or illustrator. With Michelle’s guidance, you’ll develop a program that engages students and excites teachers/librarians. If you are new to School (author/illustrator) visits, you’ll develop a program from the beginning. Or maybe you have some experience under your belt but you’d like to step up your game. Michelle will help you develop a program that capitalizes on your strengths. If you want to tie your program to standards, she can help you do that, too. If you live within 50 miles of Michelle’s house in Rochester, MA, she’ll meet you in person at a café or library. If not, you’ll do it over Skype or the phone.
Michelle Cusolito’s debut non-fiction picture book, Flying Deep, will be published by Charlesbridge in May 2018. Michelle has helped many authors and illustrators develop their school visit programs through workshops for SCBWI and The Writer’s Loft, and through individual consultations. She moderates a Facebook group, “Create Engaging School Visits” where authors and illustrators ask questions, share advice, and support each other. Michelle taught 4th grade, worked as a curriculum developer, and earned National Board Certification before becoming an author.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9pm 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!

11 Replies on “KidLit Cares: 90-minute school visit consultation with author Michelle Cusolito

  1. This auction closed at 9pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with an 8:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, Liza Garner Walsh

    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!

      1. Thank you so much, Kate! And no worries about the spelling. There are a million ways to spell my name wrong and that was a minor one! I am so excited for this prize and so grateful that you created this opportunity to help the Hurricane. I hope a ton of money was raised! Best, Liza