I love to visit schools and libraries and I love to share my passion for reading and writing. In fact, I am on a quest to do an author visit in all 50 states. You can read about that HERE.
Believe it or not, she raised the money for my visit on her own!
Read about why she wanted me to come, how she raised the money, and what she thought about the visit HERE.
Here are some other ideas for funding author visits:
–Host a fundraiser at your school
—Go to your local PTA/PTO
–Go to your local Friends of the Library
–Go to other Go to local civic organizations such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis etc.
–Apply for a grant. Here are some:
- Adopt a Classroom
- American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant
- Amber Brown SCBWI Grant
- Barnes & Noble Sponsorship and Charitable Donations
- Donors Choice
- Maureen Hayes Award
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- ING Unsung Heroes
- Target Early Childhood Reading Grant
Steps to Beginning the Funding Process:
1. Figure out the cost (author's honorarium, transportation, lodging, food, books)
2. Assign a teacher, librarian or parent to be in charge of writing the funding request. To see a sample funding request letter, click HERE
3. Have that person write the letter on school letterhead describing:
- -A need (What educational objective are you hoping to address?)
- -How will the school fill that need (i.e. author/illustrator visit)
- -The specific request (Money, but perhaps also volunteer time? Promotion?)
- -What the school will contribute as a partner (Shared expense? Promote the organization?)
- -The expected outcome (Include how many students will be served by this program and in what way they will benefit? Describe expected short-term and long-term gains?)
Author Visits Benefit students, the library, the school, and the community. Here's how:
- They create visibility for the school
- They provide an opportunity for community PR and partnerships between the school and the community
- They initiate personal connections between students and book creators
- They motivate students to read and write
- They create a surge in library usage
- They motivate students to have a goal or dream and not give up when things get hard
- They contribute to improvements in reading scores
- They improve school morale
Here's a LINK to an article on the value of an author visit.
And here's a LINK to more information on making an author visit successful.