Got Books?

Princess Alethea MermaidHello, all–

My lovely fellow mermaids have let me take the lagoon today to spread the word about a project I’m working on.

I belong to quite a few national writers organizations, among them is the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Our Mid-Atlantic region is working on a book drive for Sandy Hook Elementary School, and I am working to spread the word in an effort to collect book donations on their behalf.

If you’re in the middle of your post-Christmas clean up and are thinking about purging some gently used (or even new!) picture books, please drop me a line and I will send you the address of our regional coordinator. She is collecting all the books to send on to the school.

As Sandy Hook only encompassed grades 1-4, we are only collecting picture books. Yes, I, too, was reading at an advanced level by the age of eight, but according to our regional director, we’re sticking to picture books. I suspect this actually has more to do with the fact that a hardcover picture book often costs more than a middle grade series novel, and I know from past experience that picture books as donations are some of the most difficult items to come by.

Also, I appreciate that some folks would like to donate money, but we are not set up to accept monetary donations. I would suggest you consider using the money to purchase some books off Amazon and have them shipped directly to the Mid Atlantic SCBWI regional coordinator.

If you are interested in taking part in this effort, however large or small, please send an email to me: akontis at gmail. You can also reach me through my website at www.aletheakontis.com (Please don’t ask me via Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc, because those mailboxes are not reliable.)

Thank you all for your time — I hope you continue having a wonderful and happy new year. xox