How was I not already aware of Authors for Earth Day? What an amazing concept!
Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) is a grassroots coalition of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators who directly mentor young readers by giving them “an authentic research project with real-world impact.”
Wow! The list of authors is available on their website and it’s a great list. Visits are available year-round and visits costs the same as a regular author visit. The difference is that in this case the author donates at least 30% of their fee to a non-profit conservation organization as chosen by the students. Their website has lots of information and all genres are represented. I’d love to see some more YA authors on the list, but right now there are over 100 participating authors and they’ve done visits all over the world.
This would be a great way to encourage collaboration between different subject areas and to build enthusiasm for literacy and conservation. It’s a win-win situation!