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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 …

Beat the heat with summer reading

Remember the last day of school? Anxiously waiting for the bell to ring? Thoughts of swimming pools and playgrounds running through your head?

Summer is supposed to be fun – a break from the routine of school and homework. Unfortunately, …

Read Across Austin wraps up

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

Another exciting Read-A-Thon year has come to a close with 23 schools, 1,941 students and 367 teachers in the Austin area joining together to read, have fun, and raise funds for children’s literacy.

This …

BookSpring Volunteers Make A difference

Submitted by: Amanda Shaver, Volunteer Manager

The schedules that people keep these days can be incredibly daunting; as a society, we are busy. We are busy people with busy lives and schedules that we can maintain only with the kind …

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. …

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