Sunday, March 20, 2016

The KidLit Community Rallies Around One of its Own

John & Betsy's dog, Buddy, visiting John in the hospital
I have know Betsy Devany Macleod since high school. Warm, sensitive and creative, she writes books for children of all ages. Recently, her husband John was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and his health has begun to decline. The KidLit community has created an online auction to help defer some of the mounting medical bills for the family. There are loads of terrific items you can bid on, including staying at author Jane Yolen's Scottish home for a week, manuscript critiques by agents and well-know authors, a Skype visit with author Leslie Bulion, school/library writing workshop with Award Winning Author Linda Crotta Brennan, and a two-night stay at a Cape Cod cottage.

There is too much to list here, so go to The Kidlit Community Auction for John and Betsy MacLeod, and I'm sure my fellow bibliophiles, media specialists and school librarians will find something to bid on. By the way, Betsy's book Lucy's Lovey, will be out in print by September 2016, but you can bid on an archival print (signed by the illustrator) here.  The auction started on March 17th and ends at 10 PM on March 30th. The Facebook page for the auction is HERE.

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