Monday, December 12, 2011

First Books Donation Update

Help the Teaching Authors make a Holiday Donation to First Book by posting a comment on our blog. For every comment we receive from now through December 31, 2011 (one per person, please, and spam doesn’t count), we’ll donate $1 to First Book. We’ll count comments from now through the end of the year, we'll post periodic updates, and we’ll donate up to $225. Every $2.50 donated provides a brand-new book to a child in need. And through Dec. 31, Disney Publishing Worldwide will match every $1 donated with another new book.

As of this moment (8:30 a.m. Monday), counting one comment each from two Teaching Authors and one from my cousin who tried to post but couldn't (thanks, Maureen!), we're up to 33 comments so far. At $1/comment, that means a $33 donation to First Book--a good start but still a good distance from our maximum donation of $225.

At $2.50/book, our donation so far equals 13.2 books plus 33 more from Disney Publishing Worldwide for a total of 46.2 books. A $225 donation would mean 90 books for children who need them plus 225 more from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Let's try to send 315 books to children in need! Please add your own comment if you haven't yet, help us spread the word, and encourage your friends to comment, too!

44 comments:

Jeanette said...

Writers and librarians are the most generous people when it comes to getting books in the hands of kids. What a great campaign for a great cause!

Samantha Clark said...

What a great idea. Thanks for doing this. Here's my comment, and I'll post a link to this on my blog.

jane kurtz said...

Y'all are talented and sparkly and idealistic...my favorite kind of people doing my favorite kind of thing. Love that spreading of reading love.

Pat Zietlow Miller said...

What a great idea! Perfect for the holiday season!

Author and Illustrator of Books for Children said...

Thanks for doing this!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Holy mackerel! That was fast--5 comments in one hour! Thanks, everyone!

Yes, Jeannette--we agree about the generosity of writers & librarians--including you! Samantha, thanks for posting the link! Jane, "talented and sparkly and idealistic"--we love it (& we're blushing)! Hi, Pat! Thanks for commenting. Author and Illustrator, you're welcome!

Keep those comments coming, folks--we're up to 38 now!

madelyn said...

What a lovely (and generous) idea. Cheers!

Robin said...

Wonderful idea! I'm no author, but I'm a big fan of them! And even more so now! :)

Jessica Swaim said...

this makes me proud to be a writer and a former librarian! Yay, y'all!
Jessica Swaim

Allan Woodrow said...

What a terrific idea!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

A lovely synergistic idea - I hope you max out on comments and donations and help give out lots of books to children in need!
Namaste,
Lee

Laurie Swindler said...

What a wonderfully generous idea! Thanks for doing this.

Michele Weber Hurwitz said...

What a lovely way to close out 2011!

Diane Mayr said...

I love this idea! Here's wishing you 225 merry comments before Christmas!

Andy said...

Fabulous idea! How can I not support your efforts? Thanks for doing this!

Judy Early Sheldon said...

Very nice idea! Thank you, and happy holidays!

edgar said...

Very good idea.
One place to find books, of course, are in library book sales. Also Goodwill Stores have good used books section.

Anne said...

This is a terrific idea, and so generous of all of you! Is there any way those of us dedicated readers can add to the fund with you?

Wishing each of you Happy Holidays!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Oh, thank you one and all - old friends, new friends - for helping us bring First Books to young readers.
You're changing Lives!
For those interested in donating further, fund-raising, volunteering, here's the link: http://www.firstbook.org/get-involved

Joanna said...

Yay, for writers with great pro-litearcy ideas like these. Glad to support and get to know you better.

Jeannine Atkins said...

What a wonderful way of spreading reading love. I always ask my college students to write about an early book, and there are few sweeter papers to read. Some go on and on about the wonders of parents reading to them. Some wish their parents had, and revel in being able to read books they missed when young now that they're in college. Clearly, it makes a difference in lives. Thanks for helping that happen.

Carol Neumann said...

It's a wonderful way to get books into the hands of children who wouldn't otherwise have them. Great idea!

bethchristopher.com said...

Lovely idea! I just discovered your blog and am excited to explore. Thanks for giving back.

Carol A.Bender said...

Bless you, and Lee Wind for bringing this to my attention. I will share this with others.

Jules said...

The first book I remember buying for my not yet born baby was Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmun. It was chews on, laughed on, spit up on and still holds a special place in our hearts and on our bookshelves.

Jennifer Rumberger said...

What a great idea!

simple.beautiful.lady. said...

What a great cause! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This IS a great idea! Hope you meet the maximum!

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Karen Bass said...

Kudos to Teaching Authors! A great cause.

Maureen Bush said...

This is brilliant - congrats!

Amanda said...

This is a great idea! I can remember one of my first books was a big book of different fairy tales. My grandma would read to me every night before bed. My favorites were Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Gingerbread Man. Grandma told me these stories so often that she could recite them to me by heart. Grandma telling me stories is my favorite memory of childhood.

Jane Buttery said...

I remember being ill in 1942 and getting a book ( which is now banned) called Little Black Sambo; it had gentle stories about his life in a jungle environment and I loved it. When asked what I wanted to do as I grew up, I said,"I want to go to Africa n help people."
I did not get there but I do have a child through Compassion. Books can be a good influence and leave a lasting impression. I also loved Babar books.

Lois Barr said...

I was fortunate to have parents who bought us Golden books and older cousins whose family bought expensive cloth and leather bound books, like The Wizard of Oz (I watercolored the black and white illustrations). I had so many more books than the kids on our block of 32 identical three bedroom and one bath houses that we started a lending library.

Laurisa White Reyes said...

First Book is a terrific organization. Thanks for hosting this campaign.

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you all for the amazing response! Please pass it on!

kevirv said...

The gift that keeps on giving , a book. Thank you for your generosity.

Leslie Bulion said...

Thanks for the chance to be part of this wonderful gift of reading!

Ed Spicer said...

Nice work! As a teacher, I am grateful any time anyone puts books in front of young readers/future leaders.

Lee Wardlaw said...

You are A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!

Unknown said...

Books are great! Everyone should have some! :)

jan godown annino said...

First books bring a lasting impact.
Some of my favorite first books were

THE BIG BOOK of CATS by Gladys Emerson cook

THE GOLDEN ENCYCLOPEDIA by Dorothy A. Bennett,
illustrated by Cornelius De Witt

and a very early edition from my step-grandmother of
OZMA of OZ, which I kept close by so I could color in it.

The originals of the OZMA and CATs are by my side as I type this, retrieved from their places in our home & the copy of the GOLDEN, which I bought at a collectible shop is here with me also. I Love the memory of my first books.

Brava for this concept TA!

(I've been in my cave of Thesis again & not much commenting - hope I make the deadline!)

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

So generous of you guys to do this! Good on ya! I hope my post goes towards a dollar donation.
Fuzzy hugs,
e