Thanks so much to my reader Andrea Louise Dawson Webster for cluing me into this fantastic event! Neil Gaiman, who has a truly delightful reading voice, has teamed up with Audible.com to raise money for charity. Every time a FREE audio version of Gaiman's story CLICK CLACK THE RATTLEBAG, written just for this occasion, is downloaded (and you DON'T have to be a member of Audible to get it) Audible will donate one dollar to charity. Parents - this story is very subtle and just a little bit creepy. You know your children best. Listen to it before you share - it's about 10 minutes long. So, what are you waiting for?
As Neil says, "we chose our charities with pride and care." Neil and Audible picked Donors Choose, a very cool organization that lets you decide how to help classrooms in need. Teachers post classroom requests spanning a wide range of needs. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, you pick what you want your money to fund.
And, if I have any readers outside the US who visit Audible.co.uk for their free download, a donation will be made to BookTrust. As Neil Gaiman said on his blog where he first announced this partnership on October 25, this all came together very fast and there's really only about a week for people to DOWNLOAD FOR CHARITY! So get busy! Tell your friends! Family! Neighbors! Teachers! You have through Halloween to download the story for free and possibly one more from Gaiman after Halloween if all goes well.
Also, two years ago Gaiman started ALL HALLOW'S READ, a move to get people to give BOOKS, SCARY BOOKS, on Halloween. And read them together. Gaiman explains it much better in this video. Be sure to check the website for lists of good scary (and not too scary books) and contributions from other well known authors of scary books...