It’s that time of year again when I see the red noses appearing and the Comic Relief adverts starting to pop up as the momentum builds to prepare us for the big fundraiser. David Walliams’ new picture book “The Queen’s Orang-utan” (illustrated by Tony Ross) was published today in aid of Comic Relief and once again reviews promise his story will not disappoint. Many people would have been involved at various stages or production in giving their time to compose this book with the aim of helping to raise awareness and funds to make hundreds of people’s lives better.
Raising money for charity is not an easy task though. It’s always difficult to ask people to hand over their hard earned cash and usually it boils down to asking the same few people every time so there comes a point when applying a little imagination to encourage people to give is required. If you want to help raise some money for your school or a charity close to your heart here are ten fundraising ideas which involve books. It’s time for a laugh so put on your funny face and enjoy some simple fun and light-hearted fundraising activities.
Second hand book sale: Ask family, teachers, neighbours and friends to donate any unwanted or outgrown books. Set up a stall and charge a £1 or 50p per book depending on the condition. Many second hand bookstores will give you a nominal bulk price for any of the books you don’t sell. All profits to be donated to charity.
Sponsored bookathon: Choose a charity such as Red Nose Day. Set a challenge, for example to read as many pages as possible in 1 hour. Each child is sponsored per page read so it is a challenge all ages and abilities can participate in. Hand out copies of sponsor forms and arrange place and time. Conduct the big read as a group activity or individually. Advise a date when sponsor money is to be collected and handed in.
Make a school poetry book: This will need a little extra pre-planning. Ask the children to write a poem. Either set a topic or leave it optional. Vary the length according to the age group. Get book printed with each child’s poem and sell to parents and friends of school for charity. Some publishers publish individual school print runs. The children and their parents will love seeing their work in print.
Open mic poetry session: Ideal for budding poets and writers in the school who can sign up to recite their poems or short stories to other pupils. Sell tickets for a small fee which goes to charity.
Book auction: This requires the donation of books which have an immediate appeal to people such as new, in demand books from publishers or bookshops, classic collectable books in good condition, sets of popular books, attractive displayable books or unusual books to sell to the highest bidder as a charity donation.
Play book bingo: Sell tickets for an afternoon of book bingo. Make up bingo sheets of popular children’s books with small prizes for each winner. All profits donated to charity.
Raffle a book cake: Ask a local cake maker or a talented parent to donate a cake in the shape of a book or popular book theme and sell raffle tickets for charity.
Dress up as your favourite book character: Pupils pay a fee to be allowed to come to school dressed as their favourite character in a book. Any money collected goes to charity. For ideas visit my new Pinterest board where I’ve put together a selection of my favourite pins for DIY Book Character Costumes. Some are quick, some are easy others may require some skill!
Make and sell bookmarks: Set up a handcrafted bookmark stall. Get the children to make different bookmarks to sell to other pupils, teachers and parents. For fun bookmarks visit my Pinterest board displaying some great finds in how to make Children’s homemade bookmarks.
Host a book quiz: This could either be a team quiz or mastermind style quiz on a chosen book. I’ll be pinning some children’s book quiz lists to my Pinterest boards soon so if this idea could work for you please check back later.
I’d love to know if any of you have been involved in book related fundraising events so please share how they went, what worked, what didn’t work and any other ideas you came up with.