Calling All Authors – Books Needed for Special Needs Children!

I am calling on my fellow authors to lend a hand and contribute some children’s books for special needs children through Twin Lakes Civitan. I donated books last year to this wonderful group and will do so again this year.

Purpose of the Stories from Maggie Project
In 2011 Twin Lakes Civitan started our book bag project with the purpose of providing book bags filled with books to self-contained special needs students in our local schools. The goal was to provide them with summer reading material to help keep their minds sharp while they weren’t in school. What started out as a small project has now grown tremendously!

Maggie and her grandchildren – In Loving Memory March 13, 1940 – October 29, 2014

Please help this worthy cause if you have participated in the past. If you have not, I hope that you will participate this time around. By supplying books, you will enable special needs children to increase their reading levels.

I received this email from Twin Lakes Civitan:

Stories By Maggie Book Bag Project Twin Lakes Civitan Club

I just wanted to touch base with you. Our club still collects books through out the year to pack in a book bag and give out to Special Needs children in our area schools. At this point, we give to the following schools: Cotter, Norfork, Calico Rock, Mountain Home, Flippin, and Yellville-Summit schools here in northern Arkansas. We may add a christian academy this year. We filled approx. 180 book bags last year. The kids and the teachers love the project. It is accually one of our favorite projects.

The books you have sent to us in the past were wonderful and most appreciated. We were wondering if you would be interested in helping us again this year.

Our address is still Twin Lakes Civitan P.O. Box 1613 Mountain Home, AR 72654. Again, thank you very much.

Twin Lakes Civitan

If you have any questions, you can direct them to Twin Lakes Civitan at Visit Twin Lakes Civitan site here.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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10 Responses to Calling All Authors – Books Needed for Special Needs Children!

  1. mihrank says:

    indeed – this is so great, meaningful story and presentation!

  2. A wonderful idea, Janice. We are doing something like this here in South Africa.

    • jjspina says:

      This is a good cause to help children read. They contacted me last year too. It was quite successful in the past and they asked me to do it again. That is what being an author is all about – helping children to read. We write so children will read out books! 🤗

  3. macjam47 says:

    What a wonderful idea, Janice. I’ve participated in similar projects where they are asking for new or gently used books.

  4. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this post from the Jem’s Books blog with a call to authors to help special needs children

  5. My children’s picture book is available for free albeit in digital form. Perhaps your readers would find reading this on a digital device engaging? All the best for your very worthwhile venture 🙂

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