Author: Mariela Rodriguez

Actividades de aprendizaje para niños

The English translation found here.  Si usted es un educador que busca por soluciones de aprendizaje a distancia, o un padre que busca maneras de mantener a sus pequeños interesados, o alguien a quien le importa que los niños tengan acceso a los recursos de lectura incluso durante el cierre de la escuela, estamos aquí […]

Accesa el Internet gratis durante COVID-19

The English translation can be found here.  Durante el brote de Covid-19, BookSpring quiere que todas las familias puedan accesar el internet fácilmente. El acceso es importante para continuar la educación infantil durante este período de auto-cuarentena. Muchas empresas afiliadas están actualizando rápidamente cuentas y páginas de la red con videos nuevos, libros electrónicos y […]

Access Free Internet during COVID-19

The Spanish translation can be found here.  During the Covid-19 outbreak, BookSpring wants to make sure all families can easily access the internet. Online resources are vital fresoucesor continuing childhood education during this period of self-quarantine. Many affiliated enterprises are swiftly updating accounts and webpages with new videos, e-books, and activity pages so that children […]

The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

Students from Gorzycki Middle School help to remind all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books at home are for children’s futures! By: Alexandra D. (6th Grade) When I was little, my favorite book was The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. My favorite character was the stinkbug because at the time I thought […]

Executive Director Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

We are celebrating Emily Ball Cicchini’s five-year anniversary at BookSpring! She joined BookSpring in February 2015 and is proud of all that we, as a board, staff, partners, and volunteers, have accomplished together. In Emily’s words, “…this organization is truly a collaborative labor of love for hundreds of very committed individuals and thousands more who […]

The 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey

BookSpring’s 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey offers insight into the state of reading in Central Texas and early literacy efforts in our community. The survey provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas, while raising many interesting questions about the state of reading in the region, an understanding of the situation […]

Literati changes lives, one book at a time.

Literati is the book club that makes it easy to find unique and interesting books for kids ages 0-12. Each Literati box contains five, age-appropriate books based on a theme like The Spirit of Adventure or The Animal Kingdom. Each one is personalized for each child, and delivered right to their door. The Austin-based company […]

Community Connections Resource Fair

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer I had an awesome time representing BookSpring this weekend at the Community Connections Resource Fair, sponsored by Austin Energy! The fair featured over one hundred vendors and representatives of businesses and organizations, and showcased local artisans and performers. With BookSpring, I was able to spread awareness about the importance of child […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda Shaver

BookSpring is comprised of passionate individuals with a strong connection to all things book or literacy related. Amanda Shaver worked for BookSpring for little over six years. She shined the brightest as our former volunteer manager. “I loved volunteer management because I got to see the very best of Austinites–I had the chance to pair […]

Escape into a World of Fantasy

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer If you’re looking for a quick escape from the real world, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a batch of some of some of the best fantasy books, selected by the wisest mages in the lands, for your enjoyment! Aru Shah and the End of Time By Roshani Chokshi An adventure inspired by […]

End of Summer Must Reads

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer Summer is almost over but you can still spend your weekends relaxing and enjoying a great book! If you loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and are looking for similar reads to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 of the best middle-grade fantasy essentials for […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Toni O’Dowd

Toni O’ Dowd is a retired elementary school principal from the Dallas area with over 15 years of educational experience. As a principal, she utilized books and story-time as a means of calming students having a difficult day. She would pull them into her office to select books from her collection and simply spend sometime […]

Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success

It is no mystery that summer break can result in an exponential loss of academic skills or the “summer slide.” Research conducted by John Hopkins’ sociology Professor Karl Alexander shows that low-income youth suffer significantly from a loss of academic skills over the summertime. The losses pile up contributing to an achievement gap in their […]

How Long Will I Love Harry Potter? Always.

By Ashley Haustein Like many 30-year-olds, I grew up loving Harry Potter. The magical Hogwarts castle, professors who could turn into cats, and flying broomsticks captured me in a way no other story did. Last summer, my book club decided to put a “pause” on reading books written for adults and to read (re-read for […]

Home Grown Book Lovers

By: Natalia Mirkowicz A common misconception among families is that literacy education starts during the school years. Yet, research shows that starting to read and speak to newborns already begins to impact the way the brain develops and begins to organize language. Many parents prioritize speaking to their infants as much as possible. However, one […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

Erica Huff, owner of Wick Habit wants to make the world a better place or at least make it smell nicer. With a history of donating portions of her proceeds to local causes, Erica was inspired to create the“Rachel’s Poetry Corner” candle in honor of Rachel McElroy of the local podcast Wonderful. Erica said, “She’s one […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

Rachel McElroy and her husband Griffin host a weekly podcast called Wonderful. Listeners are encouraged to write in with items of enthusiasm such as movies, television, sports, books, and more for topics of discussion. With a background in poetry, Rachel began an informal segment called “Rachel’s Poetry Corner” to expose more people to poetry. She connected […]

Children’s Book Recommendations for Mardi Gras!

By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  As March gets underway, many communities will celebrate Fat Tuesday, the last day before the Christian season of Lent.  Those in Texas may be most familiar with Mardi Gras, an event most often associated with New Orleans, but the same day is referred to as Carnival throughout the Caribbean and Latin […]

Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central

It is never too early to share books with your baby. Reading to babies immerses them in sounds, rhythms, and rhymes building language and early literacy skills. Books are also a crucial bonding tool for caregivers and their newborns. Through the Rx programs, we partner with healthcare providers to prescribe a book and a dose […]

The New Faces of Children’s books.

By: Ashley Hawes, JLA Volunteer As the world grows increasingly smaller due to connectivity through the internet and global travel, children’s books should represent the myriad of cultures and faces that exist within a quick search on the internet or a walk through the street in any metropolitan area. Children, especially those aged 0-5, are […]

Librarians are Superheroes

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Librarian Alexia Haywood, in front of her newest bulletin board, holding two of her favorite books. By: Kara Hooper/ Guest Blogger  “Oh, I am so glad that you are here,” said Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center librarian Alexia Haywood in a chipper, enthusiastic voice. “I can’t wait to get started on the Battle of the […]

KVUE Five Kids Who Care Announced

When we highlighted Luke Arney last year, we knew he was special. We are so glad he has received this additional community-wide recognition! Luke has dedicated himself to improving his community since he began high school when he first volunteered and collected books for BookSpring. The young philanthropist chose to advocate for literacy because he […]

Keller Williams Realty International’s Legacy of Literacy

BookSpring staff and partners have become accustomed to eagerly anticipating the second Thursday in May!  Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI) is partnering with BookSpring for the fifth year in a row for their annual worldwide day of service, RED Day. RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is a special day when Keller […]

Literacy advocates provide “Happily Ever After’s”

Photo by: LenzMazter Studios Austin’s early literacy advocates step up to provide “Happily Ever After’s” for local children. Community and business leaders raised over $112,000 in support of BookSpring’s early literacy programs at the 6th Annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon on Friday, April 6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Grammy nominee and “Musician with a Message” SaulPaul […]

Austin High takes 20 by 2020 challenge

By: Zachary Krakauer Ganz and Lydia Heisel  In this digital age, some teens might not consider a book drive to be a “novel” idea. But for a group of five sophomores in Austin High School’s Global Studies program, BookSpring’s “20 books by 2020” challenge recently proved to be an inspiring and rewarding experience. Tasked with […]

Boy Scouts Give Big!

By Amanda Shaver, Community Partner Manager Attracted by BookSpring’s 20 Books by 2020 campaign, particularly the statistic about children with 20 or more books in their homes going on to achieve three more years of schooling than children in bookless homes, the Boy Scouts of Pack 20, Den 4 decided to contribute to the campaign […]

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