How To Fund Your Fantastic Author Visits

My students would love an author or illustrator visit, but we don’t have enough funds in our budget.
If you are an author or illustrator I bet you’ve heard those words before. We all agree on the importance of engaging readers early. Then they are more likely to be life-long readers. Their self-image grows as they see themselves in books. They know they are not the only one.
A visit from an author or illustrator may be just what they need to hook them on books. So you get excited when you meet a teacher, principal or librarian and offer to present at their school only to learn the school budget doesn’t have enough money.
Well, keep reading and learn tried and true creative ways to fund visits. Offer to help complete the applications and keep your fingers and toes crossed.

Oklahoma Arts Council
https://www.arts.ok.gov/
Thomas Tran
Grants and Finance Assistant
thomas.tran@arts.ok.gov

• Jennifer Allen Barron: Oklahoma Arts Council Booth – EncycloMedia

Oklahoma City Public Schools
• DonorsChoose https://www.donorschoose.org/
• Kickstarter kickstarter.com

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools
https://www.tulsaschools.org/about/teams/finance/grant-development/opportunities
Grants for Great Ideas
Rochelle Klein, Grant Development Coordinator
TPSGrants@tulsaschools.org
918-746-6830
Twitter: @TPSGrants

Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation
Classroom Enhancement Grants https://occf.org/ruraloklahoma/classroom-enhancement-grants.html
Community Enhancement Grants https://occf.org/ruraloklahoma/community-grants.html
Erika Warren
405-606-2920
e.warren@occf.or

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Amber Brown Grant in Honor of Paula Danziger
https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/amber-brown-grant/
Kim Turrisi
323-782-1010.

And More Tips

• Bingo Night
• Book Fair
• Brainstorm with colleagues
• Holiday Shopping Babysitting Night
• Lunch With the Author
• Movie Night
• Overdue Book Fines
• Penny Jar
• Pickle Sale (pickles dyed in Kool-Aid to match school colors)
• Popcorn Sale
• School Night Sleepover
• Super Hero Dress Up Day
• Talent Show

Posted by Gwendolyn Hooks

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