Together, Let’s Fundraise Over $25,000 to Donate Picture Books and Support Diversity in Children’s Literature.

We’re on a Mission to Fundraise $25,000 to Support Children and Diversity in Children’s Books.

Win valuable prizes and make an impact this holiday season.

This holiday season, let’s make a difference. We’re on a mission to donate 2,500 children’s books with First Book, and we’re funding diversity scholarships for We Need Diverse Books and SCBWI.

We need your help to spread the word and support our fundraiser.

How to Help:

  1. Enter the sweepstakes to win valuable prizes!
  2. Tell your friends to earn more points.
  3. Join Black Friday Bootcamp and earn more points.



  • Earn 1 Free Intensive Class (retail value: $99).
  • Entrants who earn 30 points will earn a free intensive class of their choice.


  • Earn 1 Free Intensive Class (retail value: $99).
  • Entrants who earn 30 points will earn a free intensive class of their choice.


First Book

Millions of kids in low-income communities don’t have the new books and resources they need to achieve their full potential. First Book provides books for children in need.

For every $3 donated, one new book is given. Our goal is to donate over 2,500 first books that will help children read and inspire their imaginations.

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit organization created by children’s book lovers who advocate for change in the publishing industry.

We Need Diverse Books and Storyteller Academy are dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. Part of the funds we raise will go toward a diversity scholarship to support the next generation of storytellers.



We Learn. We Give. We Make Stories.

Every November, Storyteller Academy hosts Black Friday Bootcamp, an online event where our instructors donate their time to help us deliver several hours of instruction on picture book writing and illustration. All ticket sale proceeds go to charity.

Last year, we raised over $20,000 for First Book and We Need Diverse Books! 


1. We're storytellers who share our craft.

Our mission at Storyteller Academy is to help aspiring Storytellers learn the art of storytelling and achieve their publishing goals. We share our creative processes with you! After Black Friday Bootcamp, you'll be closer to achieving your storytelling goals, which means we'll be closer to achieving our mission.

2. We give books and change lives!

As always, we will be donating 100% of the registration fees from this bootcamp to two very special non-profit organizations. 

First Book provides access to children's books in low-income communities.

We Need Diverse Books is committed to increasing diversity in children's books. We'll be donating funds to support their diversity initiatives.

Our goal is to raise $25,000, and with your help, I'm confident we'll get there.

3. We all have a lot to be thankful for this year.

This has been a great year, so we're happy to share what's working for us as a sincere gesture of gratitude and appreciation.

If You Want to Improve Your Craft, You Won't Find a Better Value for Your Time or Money Than Black Friday Bootcamp.

Join us to become a better storyteller in 2020, and contribute to a great cause.

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