Secure a Sponsor | Writing
| Illustrations |
Our Responsibilities | City/Market
Responsibilities | Fundraising
All books published by Books by Kids have a big charitable component.
After all, the whole idea behind the creation of Books by Kids
was to provide kids with a hands-on learning opportunity and show
them how they can help other kids in a meaningful way! Children
who help to write or illustrate a book experience great life lessons,
but none is more important than learning about the importance
of giving back. If you want to get involved in creating a book
for your city, a corporate or philanthropic sponsor is essential.
The sponsor offsets the hard cost of each book's production, so
more funds can be contributed to the participating non-profit.
For more information, visit the For Sponsors section of this Web
site or contact us.
The writing portion works differently in each city. In some cases,
we work with a sponsor to launch a writing contest aimed at a
particular student population in a specific city. Once the student
writing team has been selected, we get to work immediately on
the research. In the Our City from A to Z Series®,
the student authors create a master list of city characteristics,
venues or historical figures that start with each letter of the
alphabet. The writing team also drafts an introduction, conclusion
and a quiz for the end of the book. Once the research is complete,
we work with the students to create a story based on their findings.
Photo courtesy of Art with a Heart in
Healthcare, Jacksonville, FL
After the writing portion is complete, we partner with a local
childrens hospital to create the book illustrations. Each
patient who participates is given a letter/page to illustrate.
Illustrations are done in a consistent art media and size, and
each page includes the patients first name and age.
The participating hospital receives a portion of the profit from
book sales, as well as great exposure in the community! Most importantly,
the process of creating the art allows the young patients to get
their mind off their illness, enhances the healing process and
builds self esteem. After all, these youngsters are creating a
great legacy that will benefit kids in their community.
more about the role the illustrators played in Jacksonville
from A to Z.
Once the text and illustrations have been finalized, BooksbyKids.com
creatively combines the words with the childrens illustrations
to design the book.
- Book Design
- Project Coordination
- Web site local and national
- Billing & Administration
- Public Relations
- Book Order Forms
- Local Distribution Plan
In order to raise funds for local non-profit organizations, Book
by Kids needs strong local support. In each city, Books by Kids
partners with a leading volunteer organization. Local volunteer
organizations should be prepared to help with the following:
- Submit a list of possible sponsors to offset the hard costs
of production. (Without this component, it will be nearly impossible
for the participating non-profit to financially benefit since
so few books are published per market.)
- Line up potential distribution channels for book sales
non-profits, schools and retail stores.
- Host a Book Launch Party with the Childrens Hospital,
participating sponsor and BooksbyKids.com and assist with physically
distributing the book to retailers.
- Secure a climate-controlled storage area to store the for
- Assist with local marketing and public relations efforts
- Help with citywide research, as needed
- Assist with Group Sales efforts
At the onset, we work with a local leading volunteer group to
identify and secure a sponsor to offset the hard costs of each
books production. A minimum of 5,000 books are published
per market. The sponsor is given considerable marketing value
for its participation. More information on sponsor packages can
be found in the sponsor section of
this Web site.
Once we combine the students story with the patients
illustrations, we publish a full color, hardback book that is
sold throughout the participating community. Each book retails
for $20.00 and wholesales for $12.00. In addition to selling the
book via typical retail channels, we aim to sell books through
non-profit organizations such as schools or other charities via
a Group Sales Effort.
The net proceeds from book sales benefit designated non-profit
organizations in each community.
See the sponsor section for more details