Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: What You Wish For

What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur by various authors and poets, BookWish Foundation

Release Date: September 15, 2011

A stellar collection from Newbery medalists and bestselling authors written to benefit Darfuri refugees

With contributions from some of the best talent writing for children today, What You Wish For is a compelling collection of affecting, inspiring, creepy, and oft-times funny short stories and poems all linked by the universal power of a wish - the abstract things we all wish for - home, family, safety and love.

From the exchange of letters between two girls who have never met but are both struggling with the unexpected curves of life, to the stunning sacrifice one dying girl makes for another, to the mermaid who trades her tail for legs, to the boy who unwittingly steals an imp's house, and to the chilling retelling of Cinderella, What You Wish For brings together a potent international roster of authors of note to remember and celebrate the Darfuri refugees and their incredible story of survival and hope.

-I didn't want to type out the names of all the authors included in this anthology but allow me to share the ones I'm most excited about (these being authors whose work I am somewhat familar with); FRANCISCO STORK (I will read anything anything anything by him), Alexander McCall Smith, Sofia Quintero and Nikki Giovanni. New authors I'm eager to read: Meg Cabot, John Green and Naomi Shihab Nye. Best of all? 100% of proceeds go the UN Refugee Angency to build libraries in refugee camps. I just found a new organization (BookWish) to support (as if I needed another one)! And if you pre-order the book (like moi-although I haven't done it YET) from Better World Books (another amazing business/organization), 100% of the proceeds will go to the Book Wish Foundation.

So why haven't you pre-ordered it yet?! We should all get on that :)

What are you waiting on this week?

PS I'm thinking of doing a spotlight on different literacy based non-profits every month (or at least a for-profit that donates proceeds to helping literacy, RED is an example except I'm not sure if they focus on literacy. They do phenomenal things though!). Anyone have any recommendations of some great non-profits I should research?