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The power of books

Submitted by: Christina Nelson, Librarian at T.A. Brown Elementary

Personal Background

Reading has always been my escape. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved to read. Some of my favorite childhood memories were when my mother would take …

A priceless gift

Submitted by: Marty Kennedy, BookSpring Volunteer

Ahhhhhhhh, the bedtime story. What a wonderful thing. There is no better reason to get snuggly and cozy with your little ones, dazzle them with adventures and spark a passion for reading which will …

A picture paints a thousand words

Submitted by: Janelle Nichols, Guest Blogger

The phrase, “A picture paints a thousand words, “ is one that definitely applies in my case. In the picture you see a mother and daughter lying in bed reading. What you don’t see …

The four B’s of bedtime

Submitted by: Lisa Moore, Junior League of Austin, Community Volunteer

Bath, bottle, books, bed. The four B’s that make up my girls bed time routine.

Although we can skip the bath, the other three are non-negotiable. Bottles and books are …

National Tooth Fairy Day

Submitted by: Jill Gonzalez, Director of Programs

Do you remember how you lost your first tooth? Do you remember the fear you might lose your tooth? The worry, the excitement, of knowing the tooth Fairy was coming to visit you?…

Make a friend day: Owen and Mzee

Submitted by: Jill González, Director of Programs

Today is “Make a Friend” day. Choosing a book for today’s blog was a challenge! There are so many wonderful books about making friends. Some of my absolute favorites are: Frog and Toad

Fan Pick: Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Submitted by: Lisa Moore, Junior League Community Volunteer and Guest Blogger

My daughter Madeline loves books. We spend a lot of time reading, rereading and reading books again and again. When thinking of a favorite author, for both Madeline and …

Staff Picks: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Submitted by: Joan Wabschall, Executive Director

When I think of children’s authors/illustrators, I think of Eric Carle. His book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into more than 55 languages. In all his books, his art is distinctive and …

Staff Picks: The Mitten by Jan Brett

Submitted by: Jill González, Director of Programs

Brrr! It’s cold today, a perfect day to cuddle up and enjoy the classic story, The Mitten. Jan Brett, author and illustrator of The Mitten retells a classic story with amazingly detailed illustrations. …

Staff Picks: H.A. Rey and Katy No Pocket

Submitted by: Brenda Brantley, Communications Manager

One of my family’s favorite children’s author and illustrator is H.A. Rey. Known for his timeless classic, the Curios George series, Rey’s illustrations in Katy No Pocket, are what my daughter most likes to …

Staff Picks: Tuesday by David Wiesner

Submitted by: Shelley Renee, Read-A-Thon Program Manager

This book starts on a Tuesday evening around 8 when it appears that a number of frogs have suddenly discovered they can fly. It is a surreal and almost wordless Caldecott Medal-winning illustrated …

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Submitted by: Executive Director Joan Wabschall

There is no shortage of children’s books that have Art as the subject matter.

The book that I believe is the essence of ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art” day is the first children’s book …

Things to remember

Submitted by: Chrys Dougherty, Ph.D.

The turn of the year is a good time to remember things that are worth acting upon.

We should remember what reading does for the mind. Well-read individuals have larger vocabularies, are more knowledgeable, …

Instilling the love of learning

Submitted by: Lisa Moore, Junior League of Austin Community Volunteer

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at Fountain Plaza Preschool through BookSpring. I walked in the classrooms to see the smiling faces of 3, 4 and 5 year

3Mgives gift of literacy at Wooten Elementary

Submitted by: Amanda Shaver, Volunteer Manager

During this season of giving, I feel so fortunate to be a in the position to work with so many amazing individuals and groups who do so much for the people in our community—not …

All we want for Christmas

Submitted by: Executive Director Joan Wabschall

At this time of year, I enjoy listening to Christmas carols and seeing the wonder of Christmas in the eyes of children. Many people are familiar with the lyrics to “All I want for …

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Adapted from the classic poem by Clement C. Moore,
excerpts borrowed from David Davis, Librarian’s Night Before Christmas.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the stacks
librarian’s were fretting about budget cutbacks.
Doctors and nurses, physicians assistants too,…

Reading Is Fun!

Submitted by: Kelly Bennett, Junior League of Austin Community Volunteer

Growing up I struggled with reading and I definitely didn’t think reading
was fun. After college I joined an adult book club and started to enjoy
reading for pleasure. I …

National Cookie Day

Let’s celebrate National Cookie Day with BookSpring’s “Top 5” cookie books of all time!

Our current favorite at BookSpring is The Duckling Get’s a Cookie!? by Mo Willems. We love pigeon to begin with, but the ducking adds sweetness to …

BookSpring/RIF Day at Mainspring Schools

Posted with permission from Mainspring Schools

Today was Reading Is Fundamental day at Mainspring! Twice a year BookSpring/RIF provide a rich reading experience and brand new books to underserved children all over Austin, including those here at Mainspring. Books aren’t just

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