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Jean Reidy’s Light Up the Library Auction

Author Jean Reidy‘s new picture book, LIGHT UP THE NIGHT (Hyperion, October 2011) was inspired by her connections to Uganda and its children, many of whom have been displace due to past civil war or orphaned by AIDS. To celebrate the release of the book and honor those children, she is holding an online auction to benefit literacy in Africa and a library at Musana Children’s Home in Iganga, Uganda. There are all kinds of great items available including: signed books, manuscript critiques (including one by Continue reading →

International Day of the Girl: Stand Up for Girls!

Today, I took part in the Rally for Girls’ Education by standing up for girls! Did you know that two thirds of the world’s illiterate people are women? Don’t you think every girl has the right to read and write words that will change her, and to write and tell stories to change the world? I do! Here’s me standing up at noon today: To find out more, visit LitWorld’s web page, and be sure to read this compelling article from the Huffington Post: It has Continue reading →

Meet young social entrepreneur Riley Carney!

I first met Riley Carney on Twitter. As you can see in her profile, she’s 18, has published 3 books (so far), and founded a nonprofit organization for children’s literacy. Pretty amazing, huh? I knew right away she was somebody I wanted to follow! Loads of other people do, too, so today we’re getting together to throw a SURPRISE Twitter graduation party for her! Everybody say, “Happy Graduation, Riley!” In just four years, Riley’s nonprofit has raised over $100,000 and built three schools and water Continue reading →