Auction #24 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author Gary D. Schmidt

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. KidLit Cares was started by the very awesome Kate Messner, but I’m taking over Round 2. Agents, editors, authors, illustrators and other generous people have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here.

Now, on to the auction!

Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.

The winner of this auction will receive 1 Skype visit with Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor-winning author of Okay for Now and The Wednesday Wars.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. Any bids placed after that time will be void.

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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11 responses

  1. cgolding1

    Gary Schmidt is one of my absolute heroes! I’m not a teacher, though, so I have no classroom for him to visit via Skype. If I won this bid, would I need to find a middle school classroom for him to visit? (Or could I just have a nice conversation with him?)

    November 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • That is a good question. Let me check with his publicist.

      November 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  2. I would like to open the bidding with $50.00

    November 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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  4. Gary D. Schmidt is amazing! He is writing the books that will endure and become future classics. $100!

    November 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

  5. I don’t have a classroom, but for those of you who do, I can say he’s a fabulous speaker. I heard him twice at SCBWI in LA and was entranced.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

  6. I would like to increase my bid to 125.00

    November 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  7. Leslie Lanier

    I would like to bid $160.

    November 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  8. $135
    zarins atsymbol csus dot edu

    November 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  9. $170

    November 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  10. This auction is now closed. The winner is the highest bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice (any bids that are posted after this notice are void). If you’re the winner, please make sure your contact information is correct, so I can get a hold of you to let you know you’ve won. Once I confirm to you in an e-mail that you are the high bidder, please make your donation in the amount of your bid to the Red Cross at the link below. Please don’t make your donation until after I confirm to you that you’ve won, just in case.

    Once you have made your donation, please e-mail a copy of your receipt and the name/number of your auction to me at Once I’ve received that, I will get in touch with the donor so you can connect and work out the finer details of your auction.

    If you were not the winner, please consider still making a donation to the Red Cross—every little bit helps!

    Thank you for your donations, efforts and for spreading the word about this important cause.


    November 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm