“Curl up with a good book.”

That’s the suggestion local authors are making to supporters of the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center this weekend at the center’s fundraising Chili Cook-Off and Barn Dance event. A basket filled with nine autographed books, written by local authors, is one of the unique auction items available for silent bids this weekend.

“February is Love of Reading Month, so what better way to support the Gingerbread House during February than by sharing our love of reading?” said Diana Buckley, author of “Betsey Anne.”

Donated by the Sims Writers Network, a writer’s marketing support group that meets monthly at Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie, the basket contains signed copies of a wide variety of works, including:

• “Patrick the Somnambulist,” by Sarah Ackerley, a lovely children’s book about a sleep-walking penguin. Ackerley is the daughter of local veterinarian Mike Gilbreath and lives in California.

• “Walk with the Master,” by Kathryn Eriksen, a Christian book that gives a unique look into Jesus’ life as a young adult, before he began his public ministry. Eriksen, an attorney, is employed as the special projects director for Ellis County.

• “Images of America: Waxahachie,” by Kathryn Eriksen and Laurie J. Wilson, a pictorial history of Waxahachie from its earliest beginnings to the Great Depression.

• “Re-paint Your Life: Create a Life in Art,” by Kathryn Eriksen, a practical guide for artists to live their passion and still pay their bills.

• “The Mountain Beyond,” a retrospective memoir about growing up in a small town, by Terry Miller. Miller is in charge of pastoral care at Waxahachie Bible Church. A talented motivational speaker, Miller regularly addresses clubs and other groups throughout Ellis County.

• “Finding Peace,” an intriguing mystery novel by Pat Pratt. Pratt is the leader of Write-On, a local critiquing group that meets monthly here in Ellis County.

• “Dandelion Clock,” a romantic mystery by Mona Wynette Green. Green lives in Midlothian and began her writing career after retirement.

• “Betsey Anne,” a Christian historical romance set in the Civil War era in rural Michigan, by Diana Buckley. Buckley is the human services director for Ellis County.

• “A Spur for Christmas,” a true Texas tale of Christmas joy, starring Augie Armadillo and his three brothers, by Flo Baurys Phillips. The book is illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes, illustrator of the favorite children’s series, “Hank the Cowdog.”

• “Come September,” an engaging novel of both romance and mystery by Virginia Bickel. Bickel, formerly of Waxahachie, lives in Houston and also began her writing career in retirement.

“We’ve included a book light, a mug, and a supply of tea bags, so the winner will have no excuse not to curl up with one of our good books,” said Eriksen, who organizes the group’s regular meetings.

The basket is only one of the many interesting items that will be sold at the silent auction during this weekend’s fundraising event at the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie.

The silent auction concludes at 10 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 972-937-1870.