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BookCamp is a gathering of children’s book authors, illustrators, and industry professionals that bring the love of books directly to young readers.
BookCamp (and LoveReading) are not-for-profit. Our goal is to support the book community, authors, and creators who have been impacted by COVID-19 while promoting literacy and giving back to the community.
A portion of all profits will be donated to We Need Diverse Books.
We started BookCamp out of a desire to bring readers and book creators together in the wake of COVID-19.
The pandemic caused massive disruption in the book community. School visits and conferences were cancelled. In person book launches, festivals, and other book celebrations were abandoned. Book publishers delayed book publications. This has had a massive impact within the author community.
Likewise, young readers across the country have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. Schools went virtual. Summer camps have been cancelled. Parents are looking for ways to keep their children engaged in the summer months.
That’s where BookCamp comes in!
BookCamp allows authors to connect with their readers! Not only are authors paid for their time, they are able to promote their books to boost sales.
Children are able to engage with their favorite authors in live, interactive sessions. They are also able to connect and interact with other, like-minded kid readers while social distancing. By participating in diverse, specially curated classes readers will be inspired and engaged through the summer months.
We are looking for book creators to submit proposals for courseware on the BookCamp platform.
Sure! But you know your audience and your abilities better than anyone else. We encourage you to get creative! As a reminder, we are looking for unique, original, and diverse content. Have fun coming up with fresh and exciting ideas. What do your readers want to hear from you? What can you uniquely teach your readers?
Here are some suggestions:
What else can you think of where you can spend a few hours having fun with your readers? How can you engage and inspire them?
Of course! This is all about promoting book creators and that means promoting your books! While we do not want your courses to be entirely about book promotion (proposal that are 100% marketing will not be considered), it is reasonable for you to leverage your books and your platform to be a springboard for your course content.
Authors selected to participate in our program must have Internet access and video conferencing capabilities.
(Think Zoom & Google Meet)
We will be leveraging video conferencing providers like Zoom. Additional details will follow.
BookCamp believes that all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. We recognize that historically the publishing industry has not promoted diversity and inclusion in books that have been published. We advocate for change in the children’s book publishing industry and support BIPOC and LGBTQ authors and creators. We pledge that our platform will include representation from diverse voices. As a 501c not for profit organization our mission is strongly tied to supporting diversity in the publishing industry. A portion of all profits are donated to We Need Diverse Books and other organizations working hard to honor fairness and equality in children’s literature.
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You will have the opportunity to schedule courses at a time convenient for you and your students within the date range of July 6 through August 28th which coincides with summer vacation in the U.S. At this time, we are looking to fill a specific need for students whose summer plans have been disrupted due to COVID-19. We expect to offer additional courses during the school year on a rolling basis. Check back soon as we expect to offer additional application windows for the 2020/21 academic year.