As some of you know, my third picture book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, comes out October 11, 2011. What you probably don’t know is that the story – while visibly very American – was inspired by the children of Uganda, many of whom are orphaned by AIDS while others have been displaced due to past civil war. My family has developed strong connections to that country and its children over the past 6 years.
To celebrate the release of the book and those beautiful children, I’m holding an online auction November 7-18 to benefit literacy in Africa and a library at Musana Children’s Home in Iganga, Uganda where I worked last summer. The auction will be called LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY.
I’m coordinating this with the volunteers for an amazing Peace Corps project called Libraries for Life – which is providing books for libraries in designated Ugandan schools. The project is being administered by, not only the Peace Corps, but also the Books for Africa organization. And Musana has been designated as one of the recipient libraries.
Please know that each and every day I continue to support public libraries, school libraries and literacy programs here in the U.S. But this auction will reach across the ocean to benefit efforts abroad.
I know all of you, as caring and generous as you are, have your own special passions and causes. So I don’t want you to feel any pressure here, especially during such difficult economic times. But if, by chance, this project of mine touches you in any way, and if you have something you might like to donate to the auction, you can do so via my Auction Donor Form.
I’m open to any and all possibilities. Some of the items on my wish list include:
Author Twitter Chats
Author Skype Visits
Social Networking Consultations
Blog header designs
Personalized Sketches, Caricatures or Watercolors for Blogs or Websites
Business Card Designs
Real Estate Sales Consultations
Home Staging or Design Consultations
Night Time Baby Items or Crib Items
Handy Man Services
Hand-crafted Jewelry and Bags
Tutoring or Standardized Test Prep
College Essay Critiques
College Care Packages
Have a wonderful September.
P.S. If you’re so excited and you simply can’t wait for the auction, you can make your cash donation today RIGHT HERE.