“It took a child more than a few minutes to pick out her book; she couldn’t decide on only one book. A family that immigrated from Sudan was very happy to get three bilingual books for the children…. Read More
Books change lives. One of the biggest obstacles to literacy is the scarcity of books in the home. In fact, two thirds of low-income families own no books for their children. BookSpring works throughout the greater Austin area… Read More
Join literacy stars from across Central Texas for BookSpring’s fourth annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon award ceremony and fundraiser. With a sporting theme, this year’s luncheon will honor local and national champions of childhood literacy.
A wealth of research provides evidence for the effectiveness of the core activities of BookSpring, including books-for-ownership programs; reading aloud practices; anticipatory guidance from doctors; parent engagement outreach; and family enrichment events that motivate young children to become readers and learners for life.
Here are just a few examples:
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.)
Across the nation just under half of children between birth and five years (47.8%) are read to every day by their parents or other family members. Russ S, Perez V, Garro N, Klass P, Kuo AA, Gershun M, Halfon N, Zuckerman B. Reading Across theNation: A Chartbook (2007): Reach Out and Read National Center, Boston, MA Learn More
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… Read More
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,… Read More
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… Read More