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- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida & Books by Kids Foundation Launch Florida Blue Young Authors Contest
- Authors Named Students of the Week
- Mom and Kids Author Book on the City
- Jax Family Spells It Out For Readers
- Parent & Child Magazine
- Books by Kids Releases Jacksonville A-to-Z
-Introducing Chattanooga from A to Z!

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Tampa Bay from A to Z!
Congratulations to Noelle Schneider, winner of the Florida Blue Young Authors Contest! Special thanks to patients of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and All Children's Hospital for the beautiful illustrations and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida’s Florida Blue for making the book possible. In stores August 2011!
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Art with a Heart for Children
Art with a Heart for Children is a non-profit organization that provides personalized fine art experiences for critically ill hospitalized children.
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What is Books by Kids?
Books by Kids is a Florida-based firm that facilitates the production of children’s books, written and illustrated by kids in select communities. The A to Z Series is the first in a series of books to be published by BooksbyKids.com.

How did it get started?
Books by Kids was created by a Florida mom named Heather Surface following the success of the first book that she authored with her two sons, Jamie (11) and Peyton (8). The book, Jacksonville from A to Z, started as a game the Surface family would play on long trips to pass the time. Heather and her husband, Frank, would ask the boys to take turns naming a Jacksonville characteristic, historical figure or venue beginning with each letter of the alphabet. As the list grew and grew, so did an idea. Heather, Jamie and Peyton decided to write a story about Jacksonville based on their findings and approached a local non-profit organization called Art with a Heart for Children about involving patients from a local children’s hospital to create the illustrations. The Surfaces published 5,000 hardcover books in December 2008, and they are currently being sold in more than 35 stores around the city. The book has been responsible for raising thousands of dollars for various child-based non-profit organizations in the community.

How can I get involved in writing a book for my city?
A sponsor to offset the hard costs of production is key. Contact us to learn more about sponsorship.

If I want to write a book for my city, what are the first steps?
Find out more: The Process

What does Books for Kids by Kids do for each book?
Find out more: The Process - Our Responsibilities

How do the books benefit the community?
Find out more: About Books by Kids

How do you select the authors?
Find out more: The Process - Writing

What are the sponsorship opportunities?
Find out more: Sponsors

What does a sponsor receive?
Find out more: Sponsors

How do the books benefit the community?
Find out more: About Books by Kids

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