As authors, we’re often asked to support a variety of causes, usually related to reading and literacy. I’m always happy to do it, if I can. Frequently, this means providing signed copies of my books. But it’s fun when you can bust out of the model. Here are two examples of unique ways to support your favorite book organization.
Recently, I supported the Richmond Young Writers whose mission is to spark youth voices through creative writing. For their annual auction, I donated naming a character in the final installment of my Merci Suárez series. That’s why, book three will have a sixth grade soccer dynamo named Robin Farmer in the pages. In real life, Robin, who had the winning bid, is a Richmond author, who has been a huge supporter of the literary arts in Richmond, where we both live. I’m thrilled to be able to do this.
On Wednesday night, I will host a zoom story time with a family all the way across the country, in California. This creative idea came from a children’s literacy organization with which I often partner – An Open Book Foundation. This team works hard to connect “authors, illustrators, and their books with Washington, DC-area students to build equitable access and nurture a lifelong love of reading.” Check out this short video celebration of their 10 years with a sample of their work and a few words from me.
Mia and Lyla, I can’t wait to read Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away with you. I’ll be showing up in my PJs, so get ready!
All to say, giving books is just fine, but don’t be afraid to ask authors to support in other meaningful ways, too.
I’ll check in soon!