Author: Mariela Rodriuguez

Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love

By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to celebrate our love of books with books about love. As a proud “Auntie” to many children, I make it a point to shower them with books, particularly those that help them grow their emotional muscles, feel reassured that my love for them […]

Celebrating diversity with children’s books

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, we are hosting a community-wide book drive that exemplifies diverse characters reflective of young Central Texas readers. From January 21 through February 28, we ask that you collect and share children’s books that celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. We welcome books with representations […]

Horseback riding improves reading skills

By: Nicky and Sam Ellis – Guest Bloggers of Horse Foals Man and horse have shared a strong bond for thousands of years. Horses are very friendly and one of the gentlest animals. Despite their size and height, most horses have an inherently kind temperament. Many specialists from the equestrian discipline and horse owners claim to have […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Liam H.

Liam H. held a book drive for our literacy programs in lieu of presents for his 11th birthday party. Thanks to his friends at St. Austin Catholic School they collected books to share with other children in Central Texas. Thanks Liam for helping us provide children in Central Texas with 20 books by 2020. Checkout his […]

Book drives give back to your host city

Mariela Rodriguez/Communications Director Over the last three years, we have been recipients of book drives held by several professional meetings, events, or conferences engaging their members in community service or charitable projects. This is a great way to give back to your host city. When attendees contribute to the host community, it builds a bond […]

Building meaningful bonds through books

GO programs engaging caregivers and children through motivational activities in read alouds and book giveaways.  This holiday season curl up with the family and some good books. Take turns reading pages aloud and pause to ask questions and discuss among one another characters, plot, and more. Books serve as a tool for parents to use […]

Celebrating the Giving Season with Book People

The giving season kicked off with Book People featuring BookSpring in its annual Giving Guide. This year they are featuring organizations whose missions they connected to deeply and others they have worked with to make Austin an incredible place to live. Book People is hosting give-back days throughout the month of December. “We’re so excited […]

Literati and Half Price Books are filling shelves in Central Texas homes

Mariela Rodriguez/Communications Director With the 20 Books by 2020 initiative under way, the need for books to distribute through our programs with healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and community (Go) partners. It is these partnerships that allow us to reach children and families in need across Central Texas. Two of our greatest supporters in launching children […]

Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues

The mere presence of books in the home creates a culture of learning that translates to a more prosperous future. Books allow children to explore the world at their own pace and develop their own interests. Print rich homes cultivate the language, social-emotional, and interpersonal skills needed to prosper and thrive in academics and beyond. […]

Chuy El Chihuahua- a kickstarter campaign

The next generation of philanthropists are wasting no time in setting their plans in motion. Local high school student Simms E. is on a mission with her kickstarter campaign. What began as an assignment for her final Spanish IV class project, morphed into an opportunity to bring to life his dad’s stories while sharing them with the […]

Spotted the 20 books by 2020 CapMetro Ad – Now what?

Did you know that having just 20 books in the home means 3 more years of education? BookSpring’s continuum of literacy programs provide children in need with at least 20 books from birth to age 12 to build a home library. Give just $50 to BookSpring today and you can say, “I bought a kid a library today.” And, it’s fully eligible as a […]

Highlights from 2018 The Central Texas Reading Survey

BookSpring’s Central Texas Reading Survey offers intriguing insights into the state of reading in Central Texas, and the implications for early literacy efforts in our community. We launched the assessment to provide you with real-time statistics that measure reading habits among parents and caregivers with children under the age of 12. Low Book Ownership Across Many Incomes Research […]

A Staff Farewell

Jill Gonzalez receives Storybook Hero Award from Emily Ball Cicchini (Executive Director), Drew Scherz (Board President), at Austin Taco Project, Austin Hilton, Aug 29 2018  Today is a bittersweet day at BookSpring as we say goodbye to one of our long-time staff members, Jill Gonzalez. Jill is embarking on a new journey as Executive Director […]

Celebrating Summer Success Readers

Pictured Left to Right: Holly Tompkins (Atlassian), Joel Gross (BookSpringEd Director), Alison Page (Atlassian) with Galindo Elementary reading champs Kathleen and Manuel.   We celebrated the completion of the Summer Success reading program today by partnering with Atlassian to give away new bikes at Galindo Elementary. Summer Success is designed for first and second grade students […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian

Atlassian is our pick for the Volunteer Spotlight! Atlassian is an Australian enterprise software company, that specializes in products for collaboration and product development. They opened doors on their Austin location in 2014. The magnificent employees of Atlassian began their involvement with BookSpring as a sponsor for our annual Read-A-Thon. Employees even volunteered their time […]

How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

Mariela Rodriguez, Communications Director  The promotion of literacy at home has long term benefits for the whole family. Reading together not only has developmental benefits, it increases the parent-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term. Create a reader friendly environment that inspires you to read together with […]

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