What is this site?
For three weeks, beginning on March 21st, Kidlit4Japan will feature a children’s and YA literature auction to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A Daily Auction Preview will appear each weekday morning at 8AM EDT. New items will appear at least hourly from 9AM to 4PM. Items include signed books, advance reader copies, artwork, critiquing services, book-related swag, author visits, or the chance to name a character in an upcoming book.
Who is donating items?
Some of the authors, illustrators, agents, or editors are listed on the Donors Page. More will be added over time.
Are you taking more donations?
Due to the overwhelming response from generous members of the kidlit community, we have reached full capacity for the auction and have closed the online donation form.
How does the auction work?
Bidding will be open on each item for 3 to 5 days. Winning bidders will be directed to send their donations directly to the UNICEF U.S. Fund, which is providing support services for children affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Once we receive a copy of the donation receipt, we’ll connect the bidder with the person who donated that item. Standard shipping expenses for physical objects will be the responsibility of the donor unless stated otherwise in the item listing.
Are donations and/or bids tax deductible?
We are not qualified to advise anyone on tax issues, and suggest that you consult an accountant if you require an answer to this question. The charity receiving the donation will provide a receipt that may say that your entire donation is tax deductible–keep in mind that the charity will not know that items of value have been exchanged between donors and winning bidders, so your mileage may vary. Donors have been asked to provide their best estimate of the value of each item or service as a guide for bidders and to set minimum bids. Any other use of this information is at your own risk.
What if I want to donate to a different charity?
We chose the UNICEF as the designated auction recipient because of their experience assisting children in disaster zones and their existing organization within Japan. If you would prefer to apply your winning bid to an alternate organization that is also assisting relief efforts in Japan, we only ask that you let us know in advance of making your contribution or use a pre-approved organization in the right-hand column of this website.
Can I bid from outside the United States?
All bidding in the auction is in U.S. Dollars but you can certainly bid from outside the United States, and you may find the currency converter at xe.com helpful in that regard. If yours is the winning bid, you can choose either to contribute to a U.S. based charity helping children in Japan (UNICEF U.S. Fund or Save the Children) or to a comparable charity in your own country. If you are bidding on a physical item that will need to be shipped, please indicate in your bid-comment that you are located outside the United States. Most donors have offered to cover shipping fees within the United States, but international shipping may be the responsibility of the winning bidder.
How can I follow the auction?
Items are listed on the website as they come up for bid. There’s a form in the right column where you can subscribe to the website to receive updates by email. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed for “posts & items” or “comments & bids” if you use a feed reader. Twitter users can follow @kidlit4japan account and use the #kidlit4japan hashtag. Facebook users can follow Greg R. Fishbone.
Who is running the show?
The auction is being organized by children’s book author Greg R. Fishbone. I am not a federally recognized charitable organization, so please don’t send any money or items directly to me. General inquiries about the auction can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org