Jewel Kats Special Needs Award Launched for Empowering Children’s Books

Commemorating the achievement and inspiration of celebrated children’s author Jewel Kats, Loving Healing Press (LHP) is sponsoring the Jewel Kats Special Needs Award.

The first annual Jewel Kats Special Needs Award will be going to a debut children’s author whose first book is a picture book or chapter book about a child overcoming a mental or physical disability.

Jewel Kats
Jewel Kats

ReaderViews will be administering the award. Interested authors and their publishers can submit books directly to ReaderViews for their judges to evaluate.

About Jewel’s unique outlook, LHP publisher Victor R. Volkman remarked, “One of Jewel’s core beliefs was that all girls can be Princesses. It doesn’t matter what shape you are, what you can or can’t do, what color your skin is, or how well you speak, every girl was a Princess in her eyes.”

Guidelines for Contestants

  • Books for pre-Kindergarten to age 12 will be considered.
  • Books can be published any time in the previous 24 months before contest date closes.
  • Contest opens April 1st, 2017.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible but postmarked no later than December 31, 2017.
  • Winner will be awarded a $200 cash prize.

For details on the submission process, visit or contact [email protected].

About Jewel Kats

Canadian author and model Jewel Kats became physically challenged after suffering an accident at the age of nine. The resulting disability restricted her mobility, confining her to a wheelchair and a walking aid. Yet, her talent and creativity as an author flourished, leading her to become a popular author of empowering and educational children’s books. Her well-known books include Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair, DitzAbled Princess, The Princess and the Ruby, Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer, and others. Jewel won multiple awards for her work and was featured a number of times in popular media. She passed away in January 2016 at the age of 37. Her legacy continues to inspire and empower children with special needs and their families. Visit to learn more about Jewel Kats and her work.