Wednesday, August 30, 2017

KidLit Cares: Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort by Kate Messner - (This blog post only, written by Barbara DiLorenzo)

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I'd rather use this platform to promote helping those affected by this storm.

Yesterday I found author Kate Messner's fundraising website KidLit Cares, where agents, editors, authors, and illustrators donate their services, books and art to be auctioned to the highest bidder for the direct benefit of Red Cross disaster relief fund. She coordinated this effort to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. She was successful in raising over $35,000 for their relief! You can read more about KidLit Cares here.

From Kate Messner's website:

People who write children’s books and work in this industry have a wide range of interests and talents. As authors, illustrators, agents, and editors, we do different jobs, and we love and create different kinds of books. But one thing we all tend to agree on is using your powers for good in the world.

We are heartbroken that Hurricane Harvey and related flooding is having such a devastating effect on those in the storm’s path. Today and in the weeks to come, the Red Cross will be serving thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Those families include so many kids who read our books. We’d like to do what we can to help, and that’s what KidLit Cares is all about.

My Donation

Barbara DiLorenzo is the author/illustrator of RENATO AND THE LION (Viking 2017) and QUINCY (Little Bee Books, April 2018).
She’s offering a painting of your child with the lion character from RENATO AND THE LION. Barbara will work with you to create the likeness of your child riding on the back of the stone lion.

Opening bid: $100
Auction ends: Wednesday, September 7, 2017 at 10pm EST.

If you’d like to bid on this auction, please visit the official web page for this item:

Please also visit the website of the 197 other auction items! Just click on their links to find details and to bid on the items.

Thank you for your support!


  1. I LOVE our community and love this effort! The caring and generosity doesn't surprise me :)

  2. What a wonderful, generous gift! I saw the leading bid is now over $500. That is huge!!!