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Atticus Finch and Superman

Submitted by: Garrett Lenderman

I didn’t fall in love with reading until I was forced to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I read this great American novel for an English course in middle school because, like most …

My Favorite Childhood Reading Story: Ramona and Her Father

Submitted by: Vickie L.

When I was a little girl, it was my dad who read to me every night before bed. We sat in his little den, which consisted of floor to ceiling bookshelves, every square inch of which …

World of Reading literacy mural unveiling in northeast Austin

Austin, Texas – Two Austin nonprofits launched the Windsor Park neighborhood in northeast Austin into a world of reading – through art. Local nonprofits, BookSpring and the Jet Method of Exchange (JMOE) teamed up to fuse literacy with art at …

There’s Always Money for Books

Submitted by: Garrett Lenderman

I’ve read books my entire life, and I have my parents to thank for that. My mother was an avid reader of “grocery store” novels growing up, and encouraged me to read books with her on …

Discovering Role Models on the Prairie

Submitted by: Catherine Makk

My favorite childhood reading memory features Little House on the Prairie. I remember going to the backroom of my Aunt Theresa’s farmhouse. It had a little sitting room that was a small library, and she …

Learning Values

Submitted by: Kelly Breeden

My favorite books as a child were The Value Tale series written by Ann Donegan Johnson and Dr. Spencer Johnson. My mom purchased these treasures that tell inspiring stories of famous people, while sharing examples of …

Ready, set, read! Getting ready for kindergarten

Submitted by: Michelle Heward, Reach Out and Read Program Manager

I have been reading to my five year old daughter since she was an infant. Now, at age five, about to start Kindergarten, we still read the “baby books” she …

Don’t Be a Zax

Submitted by: Brett Smith

Reading, for me, is about time with my girls. Every night, after bath time, we sit down to read their favorite books. Like most parents, time with my kids is precious.

My girls have grown up …

Because we couldn’t narrow it down to just one book – My girls’ two favorite books

Submitted by: Katie Phillips

We read to my three year old twin girls every day. While there are many books that they love to read, their two favorites – one for each – are quite unique.

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by

A Lesson in Girl Power from The Paper Bag Princess

Submitted by: Ellen Curtis

I have such fond memories of this book from when I was a little girl. Although I think it is now available in full size, I distinctly remember my well-worn version was a very small mini-book. …

Building the Habit of Reading, One “Me-Ow” at a Time

Submitted by: Amy Silvey

Every night, after the bedtime protests have subsided, my 6-year-old daughter picks out the books we’ll read together. “How many can we read?” she always asks. My answer will vary from two to three, though I’m …

Where the Wild Things Are

Submitted by: Jay Papasan

Sendak’s 1963 classic about the night Max is sent to his room is just 338 words. But those words have sold more than 19 million books, inspired an animated movie, a live action film, and even …

How I Learned to Read with The Read-It-Yourself Storybook

Submitted by: Kellie Clark Moy

I actually recall the moment that the electrical spark in my brain, called reading, occurred.

It was 1974. I was 4 years old and sitting on the floor of the family den with my copy …

One (of the many) books my child knows by heart

Submitted by: Vickie L.

Ever since he was a baby, we have a daily ritual we’ve done with my son, who is now almost 3 and a half. Every night after bath time, he gets into his pajamas, and sits …

Join AmeriCorps: ROR Volunteer Coordinator/Play to Learn Assistant

Be a part of the Texas Family Literacy Initiative, an 11-month AmeriCorps program, hosted by the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas.  Work at BookSpring as a Reach Out and Read Volunteer Coordinator/Play-To-Learn Assistant.

Employee will work ½ time …

Learning to Say “Pooh-Pooh”

Submitted by: Hannah and her amazing mom

I started reading Madeline to my daughter Hannah when she was tiny, around 2 months old.  We’d read it two to three times a week before bedtime until she was at least 2-and-a-half, …

Our Favorite Classics: A Mom and Daughter Interview

A Keller Williams Red Day Interview

We were lucky enough to spend a few minutes with Jenny and her two-year-old daughter, Sadie, at Half Price Books to find out what they are currently reading. What did we learn?

The classics …

Inspiring the joy of reading

Submitted by: Jac Laczko

Ever since I was little, I loved the feeling of having a book in my hand. From Barbara Park to Markus Zusak, the endless words never ceased to inspire me. Even now, I posses a deep …

Reading “City Dog, Country Frog” – Again and Again

Submitted by: Erika W. and Audrey W.

My husband’s aunt gave City Dog, Country Frog to our daughter Audrey on her first birthday. Audrey has always been an animal lover; in fact, our whole family fell in love with this …

“Parr” for the Course

Submitted by: Amanda Black

When the need for giving a gift arises, my go-to author for children’s books is definitely Todd Parr. I love Todd because his books are brightly colored and all about inclusion. My kids especially love The …

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