Who can participate?
Published authors, illustrators, and translators who live in the Southern Breeze region, whose book is (1) suitable for ages K-5, (2) currently in print, and (3) readily available for schools and libraries to order through Follett (their usual vendor).
Unfortunately board books and YA novels are not a good fit for this demographic. Picture books, nonfiction, poetry collections, some graphic novels, and middle grade novels are a perfect fit.
How will the participants be selected?
Because this is a pilot program, we want to make sure we offer a wide variety of books for classrooms to choose from. We want each grade level to find books they’ll enjoy. The applications will be reviewed by the Read Local committee to create a list of books providing the widest range of interests as possible, encompassing both fiction and nonfiction.
Can I participate in the program if I’m self-published?
See “Who Can Participate” above. If you’re not sure about whether a school library would easily have access to ordering your book via Follett, please contact a media center specialist in your area and ask them to find out for you. We understand this may vary across the Southern Breeze region.
What does my $100 fee cover?
Printing costs for posters and the bookmarks/booklets for students to record their books.
Stickers for the students.
Mailing materials such as envelopes.
Postage for sending the class packs and any physical prizes (like books or book bundles).
If the cost of this program would be prohibitive for you, we are still in need of 1-2 organized, reliable volunteers to manage the class pack mailings. If this interests you, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). These high-level volunteers would receive free inclusion in the program as a thank you for their work.
How do I share the program with others?
All Southern Breeze members, but especially participants in this pilot READ LOCAL program may promote this to teachers, librarians, and their local bookstores. Participants will each receive at least one poster and access to downloadable materials for any additional marketing they would like to do.
Will this become an annual program?
It depends on how well this year’s program goes. Our pilot READ LOCAL program is a slimmed-down version of what some of our sister regions have done, with great success. We will be measuring results, including surveying participating classrooms afterwards, and surveying participating members to determine 2024 and onward.
What if I have more questions?
Email email@example.com with addition questions.