Hi everyone,

I’m sure you’re all aware of the catastrophe that hit Japan and the surrounding regions Friday, as well as the increasing toll of victims. Over the weekend, children’s book writers came together to help with the relief effort. I’m taking a minute to highlight Maureen Johnson’s Blog, where she collected prizes and donations for the occasion.

Though that event concluded yesterday, you can still help, as Maureen made us aware of a non-profit called SHELTER BOX, which responds “instantly to natural and manmade disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.” Shelter Box is currently helping out in Japan and New Zealand. Click HERE to read more about it and to make a donation.

Last but not least, in case you haven’t already read it, The Huffington Post compiled a helpful list of non-profits currently hard at work in Japan: How to Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options.

Today’s scheduled interview will be posted tomorrow.

Have a great week,


3.16.2011 Update. NEW AUCTION
Children’s Book Author Greg R. Fishbone is setting up a 14-day auction to raise funds for earthquake victims in Japan. Please consider donating a signed book, critique, mentoring, etc…

Here is the donation form. You’ll also find more information about the auction. Thanks to author Karen Sandler for bringing this to my attention.

3.17.2011 Update. SEA4TsunamiVictims
About SEA: SEA is a novel written by Heidi R. Kling, published in June 2010, which takes place in the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004. You can only imagine the amount of messages and cries of distress author Heidi R. Kling has received since the latest catastrophe in Japan.

Heidi is donating 20% “of any new purchase of Sea, whether it be via Independent bookstore, Amazon, Nook, Kindle, discount stores, used online, or from me*, anywhere they sell books— to Doctors Without Borders.” Read her post on the topic here.

3.23.2011 Update. Illustrator Kieren Dutcher‘s Initiative
Read the original post here.
“It has been so scary, heartbreaking, and emotional watching the effects of the earthquake, tsunami, and now nuclear leaks in Japan, it has stirred me to do something. Such a beautiful country that I hope to visit one day.

I’m selling prints of this camellia above, for $25. (archival ink, on roughly 8″ x 10″ watercolor paper, mailed to you.) All money goes to the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, or other relief organization of your choice. Donate through paypal, email me ‘proof’ that you did it and your address (to kieren@kierendutcher.com), and this lovely print is yours!”

Please, tell me if you know of any kid lit initiative, and consider spreading the word.

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