Wednesday, March 23, 2022

#KidlitForUkraine benefit raised nearly $15,000 for children

At 7 pm EST on 3/22/22, from multiple continents, for an hour and ten minutes, 28 award-winning and otherwise notable authors of books for young people each told a short story of hope as part of a virtual benefit to raise money for young people of Ukraine. 

#KidlitForUkraine: Stories of Hope took place less than a month after Russia invaded Ukraine—an event over 20 days in the making!

The cost of admission to this unprecedented fundraiser was whatever amount a person wished to donate. Every dollar helps!

Number of tickets sold: 356.

Total raised as of showtime: $14,524

This will be distributed by Save the Children. 

You can still donate. (As of 4/24/22, this post-show effort raised $1,270 more.)

Thank you yet again to the brave participants (special bow/hug to the Ukrainian authors), the generous donors, the countless social media supporters, and KidLit TV for making it possible. Another special bow/hug to Julie Gribble and Rocco Staino for saying yes to my proposal—and the unforgiving time crunch that went with it.

The cast (in order of appearance):

  1. Adrianna Bamber | Адріянна Бамбер
  2. Neal Shusterman
  3. Carmen Agra Deedy
  4. Kathi Appelt
  5. Dan Gutman
  6. Dan Stewart, Head of News, Save the Children UK
  7. Donna Barba Higuera
  8. Rita Williams-Garcia
  9. Jarrett Lerner
  10. Victoria Amelina | Вікторія Амеліна (6/27/23 killed in Ukraine)
  11. Jason Chin
  12. Katherine Marsh
  13. Peter Reynolds
  14. Samantha Berger
  15. Padma Venkatraman
  16. Nick Bruel
  17. K.A. Holt
  18. Richard Michelson
  19. Charles R. Smith Jr.
  20. Tara Lazar
  21. Minh Lê
  22. Roxie Munro
  23. Duncan Tonatiuh
  24. Nikki Grimes
  25. Jack Gantos
  26. Jane Breskin Zalben
  27. Kate Messner
  28. Marc Tyler Nobleman
  29. Olha Kupriyan | Ольга Купріян

Bold names were not announced in advance (i.e. surprise guests).

Special thanks:

  • Steven Colucci
  • Oksana Ziobro at Old Lion Publishing House in Ukraine
  • Sarah McLoughlin at Save the Children
  • Courtney Nields at Save the Children
  • Mike Curato (who designed the lovely logo)
  • Dr. Oleh Kotsyuba at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University
  • Lidia Wolanskyj (translator)
  • Allyson Hickey at booked 
  • Uliana Hlynchak at the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation
  • Lisa DiSarro
  • Samantha Berger
  • Aurielle Kuehl


мир для України.

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