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    Schools & Libraries

    We support school librarians with volunteers, books, motivational materials, and more.

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    Clinics & Health

    We provide services to medical providers to reach families with young children through books.


    Early Childhood

    We educate and encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud to young children.

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    Community & Volunteers

    We train and coordinate volunteers for reading activities and distribute books to a wide variety of community partners.

Literacy Statistics

  • Higher reading exposure was 95% positively correlated with neural activation in the left-sided parietal-temporal-occipital association cortex, a “hub” region supporting semantic language processing, controlling for household income. Hutton, J. S., Horowitz-Kraus, T., Mendelsohn, A. L., DeWitt, T., & Holland, S. K. (2015). Home Reading Environment and Brain Activation in Preschool Children Listening to Stories. Pediatrics, 136(3), 466-478.
  • Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. (Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., & Treiman, D. J. (2010). Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.)
  • 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. (Neuman, Susan B., et al. Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Education. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2001, p. 3. ) Learn More
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4 Board Members Complete Their Terms

Four of Bookspring’s board members have just completed their terms. Each has made significant personal and financial commitment on behalf of Austin’s children, and their service over six years has been invaluable. Margene Beckham served on the Storybook… Read More

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Thank You Macy’s & ATX!

BookSpring would like to send a warm thank you to all the Austinites who participated in the recently-finished Be Book Smart campaign, as well as Macy’s for hosting it. From June 21st to July 12th, customers shopping at… Read More

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Read Aloud 15 MINUTES

Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn. While BookSpring focuses on bringing reading experiences to young children in the greatest financial need,… Read More

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