Calling All Children’s Books Authors – Special Needs Children Need Your Books!

Bird from Twin Lakes Civitan

Hi fellow authors!

I recently received a message from a lady, Angie Smith, who is looking for books up to grade six level for special needs children. She is the secretary of Twin Lakes Civitan, a non-profit organization that helps people of all ages who are in need of assistance. Above is their adorable snake reading a book and below their logo!

Twin Lakes Civitan

Angie asked me if I could spread the word about this organization and help in some way to obtain the much needed books for their special needs children to get them up to their reading levels. I told her I would be happy to send some of my books to her. All most authors want in return is a review. This she said she would make sure is done for anyone who donates a book or books.

Please visit their website and you will see the good things that they do to help others unselfishly. If you can donate a book or two or more please contact Angie at the email or phone number below.


Here is what the website says about donating books:

Twin Lakes C

Children’s Books     We are collecting new and gently used children’s books, up to 6th grade reading level, for special needs students in and around Mountain Home. If you have books you’d like to donate, please contact us at 870-508-9777.


Phone number 870-508-9777

If anyone would like to mail books, please send them to Angie’s address as they have a small PO Box.

Twin Lakes Civitan

C/O Angie Smith

441 County Road 608

Mountain Home, AR 72653

Thank you for whatever you can do to help. It would be appreciated and at the same time you would make some children smile! That alone is well worth sending along a few books. I plan to do just that.



Blessings to all!


UPDATE: I just heard from Angie and she was thrilled to see the post! I told her I would be sending a copy of each of my books this week in between the snowstorms, that is! She promises to review all books. She cannot promise to send photos of the kids with books because of HIPPA laws. But I suggested having the children write reviews of books that they read and send along to authors. Hope my fellow authors will be able to send along a book or two too. Thank you all! There will be some very happy children who are reading up to their levels soon! xo

Here is the new link to their website. All authors who have promised to donate are listed here. Check it out.

3/1/16 New Update! Angie reported 30 books have been sent by authors! Thank you, my author friends, for your kindness and generosity! I plan to do this post yearly for as long as Angie’s kids need me! Xo

About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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63 Responses to Calling All Children’s Books Authors – Special Needs Children Need Your Books!

  1. I re-blogged it. I would love to sent my books, but it will be a bit expensive for me. so, I don’t know what to do. do you have any suggestions how to sent her books? My books were so great for them.

  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    If you can’t send your books to the address given by Janice, check if Special Needs places in your locality need books 👍😃🐵

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Janice Spina with a call out for all children’s authors who can donate books up to Grade six for speciall needs children.. Full details on Janice’s site.

  5. kcg1974 says:

    Reblogged this on Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons and commented:
    Nothing closer to my heart than books for kids with special needs. Please help them out.

  6. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Calling All Children’s Books Authors – Special Needs Children Need Your Books! (Reblog from jemsbooks)

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  8. yvettecarol says:

    Awesome! Reblogged on
    Thanks for letting us know 🙂

  9. olganm says:

    I hope you get a huge response, Janice!

  10. juliekrantz says:

    Reblogged this on julie Krantz and commented:
    A wonderful opportunity for writers and readers alike!

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, it is. Everyone wins! Authors get to share their books and children reap the rewards as they improve their reading skills and have fun at the same time reading some great books.

  11. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    A worthy cause.

  12. What a great cause! This is fantastic!

  13. Reblogged this on Tony A. Smith and commented:
    What a great cause! This is terrific thing for the kids!

  14. This is a wonderful idea. I am reblogging on my blog Expressions.

  15. Reblogged this on EXPRESSIONS and commented:
    This is a wonderful idea!

  16. Angie Smith says:

    Janice and followers!
    I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful we are for each and every one of you who have taken the time to share and blog about our book drive! We are getting an amazing response! Just knowing that everyone is so willing to help our efforts brought tears to my eyes! Thank You! I can not begin to express in words, how happy my heart is. ” My cup runeth over”
    Angie – Twin Lakes Civitan

    • jjspina says:

      You are welcome, Angie! It is my pleasure to help in any way I can. Authors are generous people and want to share their work with children. That is why we write! I am so happy to see such a wonderful response. Thank you to all my fellow authors for their kind support. Blessings & hugs to all!

  17. Reblogged this on Nicholas C. Rossis and commented:
    A great initiative. I’ll be sending Runaway Smile 🙂

  18. A great initiative. I’ll be sending Runaway Smile. Thank you for alerting us to this 🙂

  19. VelahAuthor says:

    Reblogged this on Barbarian Writer and commented:
    This is a wonderful chance to make a difference in a child’s life!

  20. Good cause. And, if children’s authors wouldn’t support this, who would? I’ll be sending “Real Grands: From A to Z, Everything a Grandparent Can Be.” I figure, if nothing else, it would open a terrific lesson about people these kids love… their grandparents!

    • jjspina says:

      That’s great, Debby. Send an email to Angie Smith so she can be on the lookout for it. She will also add your name to the list of donations. Thank you for your kind support. 😄

  21. I’m in if they still want books. 😀 xx

  22. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    Janice has been contacted by the secretary of ‘Twin Lakes Civitan’, an organization collecting new and gently used children’s books, up to 6th grade reading level, for special needs students in and around Mountain Home. I thought this was a great cause to support and decided spontaneously to spread word about this! If you are able to help, please do so, I’m sure they’d be delighted to hear from you!

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  24. The perfect project would be to break the children into groups and have them manufacture a book themselves. Then the groups could share their book. Great activity to repeat several times a year. It is so important to give special needs children an opportunity to feel they have been successful in creating something memorable.

  25. Sherri says:

    Wonderful cause Janice! Have shared on Twitter and Facebook 🙂

  26. Angie Smith says:

    I just wanted to drop in and say THANK YOU again! So far we have received 30 book from Authors along with several PDF books from others to be distributed! We are super excited and so thankful for each and every one of you who have sent books and helped spread the word! AMAZING!

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