Is your budget too tight to allow for an author visit? Knowing the positive impact author visits can have on students’ interest in reading, it may be worth exploring alternate ways to fund an event. Here are a few ideas we’ve gathered over the years:
Organize a read-a-thon. Students ask family and neighbours to sponsor them for each book read. Sponsor amounts can vary, from a quarter to a dollar per book. The duration of the read-a-thon can be a week or a month prior to the author visit. An alternate may be to hold a spell-a-thon.
Have a parent group organize a used book sale at the school.
Hold a silent auction of donated items (new or gently used).
Hold a monthly raffle for a school sweatshirt or similar item.
And, of course, sharing a date with a neighbouring school or library will help cut down on any travel costs.
We’d love to hear from you if you have fundraising suggestions to add to these!