Chaucer will be launching his third Bark for Books! Campaign this Saturday at the May Fair in Rindge, New Hampshire. For every copy of Learning Is Cool… It’s the First Day of School! sold between now and 15 August 2013, The Armarium Press will donate one copy of the book to the young child of a deployed or wounded soldier.
“We came up with the idea several years ago, shortly before Learning Is Cool was released,” says publisher Carmen Madrid. “We’d been corresponding with the Baghdad-based soldier we’d adopted through the Soldiers’ Angels program, and it occurred to us how difficult it must be for kids to start kindergarten or first grade with a beloved parent so far away.”
“Our soldier sent us the names and addresses of the appropriately aged children who had a parent in his platoon,” Madrid explains. “We mailed each child a gift-wrapped copy of the book–paw-tographed by Chaucer, of course, and inscribed with the child’s name. The feedback from the parents was so enthusiastic that we decided to do it again on a larger scale!”
The May Fair will be held 4 May 2013 at the Rindge Memorial School from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. In addition to copies of Learning Is Cool!, we’ll be selling Chaucer book bags and note cards–plus dog treats from the Canterbury Tails Kitchen!