Books for Babies … and Toddlers, Too!

| August 3, 2015

Books for Babies … and Toddlers, Too!

Children’s Book Writing Contest and Early Literacy Project

There are 500,000 children in Arizona under age 5 and roughly 200,000 of them will enter kindergarten unprepared to succeed in school.

Early literacy skills, such as exploring and playing with books, singing nursery rhymes, and listening to stories, are the building blocks for kindergarten success.

Southwest Human Development’s early literacy initiatives support parents in their child’s development by providing the tools and resources they need to ensure positive and healthy early learning experiences for their young children.

Although these programs are about far more than just putting books in the hands of children, having access to books is one of the first steps of this important developmental process.

You can help make an impact.

Southwest Human Development has launched a unique early literacy project called Books for Babies … and Toddlers Too! The project’s cornerstone is a children’s book writing contest that is now accepting manuscript submissions of 600 words or less. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a $1,000 advance and 8% royalty on sales.  There is a submission fee of $50.oo if submitted prior to or on August 31. After August 31, the submission fee is $75.00.
You do the writing and Southwest Human Development will hire the illustrator, do the editing, layout and print the book! For retail sales, they will be following a TOMS shoes model – “Buy One – Give One.”

Not an author? You can still support this important project through the Indiegogo site. You can help today to bring books to children in need.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $10,000 to help fund the upfront costs of producing the children’s book. Donations will help launch this venture!

If you donate online at just $10 (or more), you will be providing new books for children in low-income families and helping them prepare to enter Kindergarten ready to learn.

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