We help kids help the world!

Authors for Earth Day participants fund conservation organizations as directed by student votes at their hosting schools.

Total contributions so far:

90+ deserving conservation organizations have been supported through our A4ED events

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Authors bring books to life! Most children's authors do professional school visits. Every year, schools around the world invite authors (and illustrators) into their libraries and classrooms to present special literacy programs. For the kids, these powerful book-based events can foster a greater love of reading and a deeper understanding of the writing process.

Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) is a grassroots coalition of award-winning children's authors and illustrators who directly mentor young readers by giving them "an authentic research project with real-world impact." Since 2010, our events have given voice to tens of thousands of students in the United States, from New York to California. And in Canada, Australia, and Israel, too.

We have over 70 authors & illustrators in all genres of children's literature. Each participant does one school visit a year with a unique twist: The author donates at least 50% of that day's speaking fee to a non-profit conservation organization as directed by a student vote. Students research five conservations nominees selected by their author and then vote for their favorite—the author writes a check to the winning organization.

Our mission? To empower young readers to shape the world around them. See us in School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Children's Book Council News.

We also have a blog You won't want to miss our monthly A4ED Blog, where award-winning and best-selling contributors the likes of Jeff Kinney, Sara Pennypacker and Jack Gantos, share personal insight into their writing process with valuable thoughts about living a little "greener." It's a friendly place for readers to meet their favorite authors and an excellent resource for educators!

WILL YOUR SCHOOL HOST AN A4ED AUTHOR VISIT? Our simple process and tips and tools will ensure a rewarding and memorable experience.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE AS AN AUTHOR OR ILLUSTRATOR? We are always looking for creative people who share our goals. If you are traditionally published and do professional school visits, please join us!