How it Works

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Wouldn't you love to host an author or illustrator to do a special literacy presentations for your students?

An A4ED visit doesn't cost a penny more than a standard visit. Each of our authors is willing to do ONE special school visit during the year to support our mission. And our coalition already has over 100 Available Authors & Illustrators living all around the United States—from household names to popular regional authors to newly acclaimed talents. We also have authors and illustrators in Canada, Australia, Israel and Hong Kong.

You may also contact any author local to your area and ask if they would be willing to participate in our program. We will give them all the resources, including nominee and voting forms and only ask that they donate 30-100% of that day's speaking fee to the organization that wins the kid's vote.

Speaking fees vary. Since authors schedule and coordinate their own A4ED visits directly, we suggest you contact a few authors you might be interested in hosting and see what they charge. Need help finding author visit funding sources?

By empowering kids to shape their future, we shape our own. Check your yearly school calendar for an available date and then book an author visit. Need a hard copy with information to take to your principal or planning team? Here is a printable hand-out.


  1. Schedule a school visit with your favorite author. Again, the only cost to the school is the regular fee(s) of the author you bring in.
  2. Encourage your students to research the five 501(c)(3), not-for-profit conservation organization "nominees" selected by your author. These will be sent to you ahead of time along with other preparation materials and resources. Good preparation will make it memorable.
  3. On the day of the visit, hold a raise of hands vote. At least 30% of the author's fee is donated to the organization that wins the popular vote of the student body! Authors/illustrators typically do their standard school visit programs.
  4. Pay the author in the traditional way. The author will send the donation to the winning conservation organization in honor of your school. More often than not, the organization sends the school a thank you.

Need more info? Read 7 Steps to Success, for a detailed outline of the A4ED process and use our resources to make sure your event has the greatest impact.

The fine print. There is no exchange of monies through Authors for Earth Day. All speaking fees, travel expenses and charitable contributions are handled independently by the authors/illustrators, and Authors for Earth Day assumes no liability for any financial transactions or contractual discrepancies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

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