Last year, I raised over $1300 to attend BookExpo America 2014 in New York City. Over 45 people donated to help fund my trip, and I met authors, publishers, bloggers and all sorts of bookish people. I also spread the word about my blog. My experience at BEA was incredibly valuable because I learned a lot about the publishing process, saw firsthand how the book industry works and made many contacts. I was also invited to visit two publishing houses, Macmillan and HarperCollins where I met with people from all areas of publishing and got a taste of publishing from the inside. This will help me move towards my goal of working in the book industry and being an author.
As I fundraise to attend BEA again this year, I will also be spreading literacy by starting an initiative called Hooked by Books. My goal is to partner with publishers and a school from Austin and for every few dollars I raise for my trip, a book will be donated to a child who doesn't enjoy reading or doesn't have access to books. My mission is to spread the wonder of books to these kids, and get them hooked on reading at a young age. I want kids to discover how incredible books are and see them as enjoyable instead of boring so that they will keep reading more and spreading the word about amazing books.
This year I would like to go back to BEA but I want to share this wonderful opportunity AND my love of books with other children. Here's how it will work: for every $4 I raise on my GoFundMe page, Hooked by Books will donate a book to a child in an elementary school in Austin. The fundraising goal for my trip is $2000. My aim is to get publishers to sponsor a particular class or grade at a school and work with me by donating quality middlegrade and youngadult books that will inspire kids to read. I will focus on Travis Heights Elementary School, and I will personally select, read and review each book donated. That will spread the word about the book to the many readers who read my reviews, follow ForeverBookish and will want to read that book as well. I will also speak to each grade in the school about their particular book and why it was chosen. I think it will be a unique way to spread literacy. The fundraising aspect will allow me to attend BEA again this year, which will further my education and experience in the book trade, and help me better inform my readers.
Another component of Hooked by Books is to set up a stocked Little Free Library somewhere in Austin to provide people with a selection of books and a way to exchange them when they finish reading. I would like to get authors on board with this idea as well; I have talked to many authors about the idea and I hope to reach more authors so they can spread the word about it and work with me on this.
The goal of Hooked by Books is to help fuel kids’ love of reading, and work towards the goal of keeping kids readers for life. What are you waiting for? Let's get kids "hooked by books!"
Click below to view the full Hooked by Books proposal!
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