Books and Smiles for Haiti

Over the years, I've donated copies of my books to 
Life Connection Mission, a non-profit organization serving the poorest
children in the Western Hemisphere.  
It was very heart warming to see the happy faces from the pictures,
and hear about how the children enjoyed having the books.

A while back, I started the program Books and Smiles for Haiti,
 and invited authors, illustrators, and our children's book community to
join me in sending more books to Haiti.  The responses were overwhelming, 
and the books were distributed to the children this summer.  

Some books were given to the homeless shelter; many to the preschool,
1st grade teachers, and church supported by Life Connection Mission,
to be shared with the community's children.

On one special occasion, children were invited for dinner with the goal of taking
pictures to encourage people back here in the U.S. to sponsor them,
and help send them to school.  The children received small gifts, 
and the younger ones were given picture books.  I was thrilled to have the
opportunity to sponsor a little girl close to my youngest daughter's age.

I am thankful for the generosity and kindness of our contributors, 
Life Connection Mission, and the amazing people who spent their summer
in Haiti for their endless hard work and dedication.

Thank you Life Connection Mission, for sharing these wonderful photos.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The books are coming in!  Thank you to our generous children's book
community for sending the amazing books for Books and Smiles for Haiti.
Please drop me an email if you would like to join us in sharing 
your wonderful stories with the children of Haiti.

Thank you author/illustrator Salina Yoon for sending thirty 
of your plushie, sparkly, novelty titles for the youngest readers.

Thank you author Danna Smith for the wonderful picture books.

Thank you author Uma Krishnaswami for your beautiful stories.

Thank you Ronnie Ann Herman of Herman Agency 
for this great collection of titles.

Thank you author Alison Formento for sending your fun counting books.

Thank you Nanci Moklak for the wonderful selection of books.

More books are on the way, and we are thankful for the generous donations.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello Authors, Illustrators and children's book community!
Please join me in sharing your wonderful stories and books for the 
lovely children in Haiti.  The gift of books will brighten their day, 
and let them know that we are thinking of them.  

A big thank you to President Steven Mooser of
for kindly donating two boxes of books and jump starting the campaign!
The amazing people of Life Connection Mission are dedicated to 
getting the books to the children.  They are a non-profit organization
serving the poorest children in the Western Hemisphere.

Photo courtesy of Life Connection Mission

I am collecting board books, pictures books, beginning readers, and
information books with pictures, such as animals, computer/science, space, etc.
My goal is to have an incredible collection by the end of the school year.  
I am very excited and look forward to partnering with our 
talented children's book community.

Photo courtesy of Life Connection Mission

I will update often with books that are collected, and together
we will see our efforts grow.  Please spread the word!
It warms my heart to see the smiles on the children's faces when they
received my books this past summer.

If you are unpublished and would like to donate new book(s),
the children will love it!  

Thank you for your kindness.  I look forward to hearing from you!
Please join our Facebook group page to stay updated.

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