Founded in 1984, Authors in April is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that promotes literacy in the greater Rochester community by bringing in renowned authors and illustrators each year to the public and parochial elementary and middle schools. Unique to Rochester, this one-of-a-kind program inspires children to read, encourages them to appreciate a variety of literature, and opens their worlds to a life-long love of reading. Each year four authors are invited to participate in Authors in April. Throughout the school year, students explore the authors’ books with the support of their information literacy specialists (ILS), librarians, art teachers, classroom teachers, and parents in each school. Families have the opportunity to encourage their child’s passion for reading by purchasing Authors in April books at discounted prices at their school.
The efforts culminate with Authors in April week, which includes author visits and presentation at each school, a community benefit banquet, and an autograph party at the Rochester Hills Public Library. In addition to supporting the greater Rochester community, Authors in April created the PAL (Promoting Area Literacy) program in 2016. Through the PAL program, supporters are able to donate money for Authors in April books that are given to children in need in the Rochester community and to students in the neighboring Pontiac School District.
Authors in April was the recipient of a 2019 Library of Congress State Literacy Award, recognizing the organization’s outstanding contributions to the promotion of literacy and reading in the community. Authors in April was also the recipient of a 2016 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly Commendation Recipient, receiving validation and praise at the national level for successful programs.
Each year over 10,000 students are impacted by Authors in April.