With Earth Day (April 22) around the corner, award-winning children's authors and illustrators from around the globe are fostering literacy and environmental awareness through Authors for Earth Day. Launched in 2008 by children's author and illustrator Brooke Bessesen, the grassroots organization now operates year-round, bringing children's book creators to libraries and classrooms.Participants mentor young readers by giving them “an authentic research project with real-world impact.” At least 30% of their speaking fee is donated to a non-profit conservation organization selected by a student vote. Since 2010, Authors for Earth Day has raised nearly $33,000 in donations and reached tens of thousands of students from coast to coast, and in Canada, Australia, China, and Israel. There are currently over 100 authors & illustrators available for visits.
The A4ED blog offers original environment-focused essays for librarians, teachers, kids and parents. Contributors include beloved kid lit authors Jack Gantos, Linda Sue Park, Jeff Kinney and Jane Yolen. Find out more at www.authorsforearthday.org and A4ED’s Facebook page.