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 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 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 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 7 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, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) 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 2 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. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. 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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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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