On Friday, September 27, 2013, Kauai County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. issued a Proclamation Designating February 28th, 2014 as Read Across Kauai Day. Members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild were recognized for initiating a huge project to support literacy on Kauai. Members of the Guild requested the designation of this day in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and literacy. The Kauai Children’s Authors Guild is kicking off this literacy project early to allow time for fund raising efforts for the purchase and distribution of books.
The concept for the event, which corresponds with the date of the national Read Across America Day, is that Kauai authors will be reading books to preschool and kindergarten students across the island of Kauai. The authors will also be distributing books to these children on the day of the event. The goal for the first year is to raise enough money to put 500-1000 books in Kauai’s student’s and teacher’s hands.
The project provides an opportunity for the children to interact with the authors thereby establishing a personal connection with the books. The authors will also be able to share their experiences about writing and publishing books in order to inspire children to become writers if that is their dream. Allowing children to actually meet and interact with local authors can make a further impact on the children, not just by reinforcing the importance of reading but also by encouraging creativity through writing and artistic expression. Children that participate in the event will also be sent home with information about the program and encouraged to read the books with their parents.
The Kauai Children’s Authors Guild is seeking grants and looking for corporate sponsors to help provide funding for the books. Individuals will also be able to make donations via our website, at one of our books signing events like at the Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest or by purchasing books at participating stores where they can be placed into the drop bins. A label will be placed inside each book stating that it was sponsored by the participating organization or individual.
Any business or organization that is interested in sponsoring books for children or for a classroom is encouraged to contact the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild. Schools, libraries and educational organizations that would like to request a visit from an author should also contact the Guild.