I have long admired Kate Messner, for lots of reasons. She is a sensitive and versatile writer. She is a committed teacher, and her annual letter to parents about connecting kids with books sits at the heart of my own MLIS classroom considerations of intellectual freedom, as it galvanizes the great value of a proactive, affirmative, respectful approach. Now she is leading an(other) effort to rally authors and illustrators of books for young people to raise money for folks in dire need, this time those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. You can enter to win signed books by donating $10 to the American Red Cross. Specific instructions are here. I shouldn’t be surprised when folks who offer so much of themselves on the page are so generous in real life. So I won’t be. I’ll just be grateful.