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BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

Purchase your  Smart TV Time Raffle Tickets here to support BookSpring! All proceeds will help us deliver books to the right children in CTX right in their homes. BookSpring needs to raise $22,000 by June 30, 2020 in order to deliver books to children who were expecting them this Spring through schools, clinics, and daycare centers […]

Free Books For Kids

BookSpring recommends that families explore reading together at home online. Digital children’s books can be a terrific online addition to a print library, if the e-books are simple (without lots of pop-up distractions) and if they are used to read together as a family. Our friends at Unite for Literacy have developed a fun and […]

Ready for School?

By Jill Gonzalez, Associate Director Ready for School BookSpring’s Top 10 Back to School Read-Alouds It’s that time of year again! It’s time to head back to school, see old friends, and make some new ones. Whether your children are in preschool or elementary school, here are some books that we love for sharing the […]

Wanted: Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success

By Rachel Elliot, BookSpringRx Director Social science research shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home libraries and children’s future academic success. According to Unite for Literacy’s book desert map, which analyzes variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages, at least 70% US households have fewer than 20 children’s books in the home. […]

New Reading Program Shows Promising Results

BookSpring has just completed preliminary evaluation of the pilot Read For Success program in Central Texas and the results are very encouraging. The program is designed to reduce the summer slide, a phenomenon where children’s academic skills, including reading, decline during the academic year break. According to Reading Is Fundamental in Washington DC, who originally […]

Announcing: Rx, Ed, and Go

This year promises a lot of exciting enhancements to BookSpring’s research-based and time-proven efforts to increase the love of reading in young children and their families. First, we’re pleased to announce the creation of three new positions: BookSpringRx Director, BookSpringEd Director, and BookSpringGo Director, being filled by Cynthia Ivey, Wayne Holstine, and Mariela Rodriguez, respectively. […]

2017 BookSpring Benefit Luncheon

11:30 am to 1:00 pm April 21, 2017 A Spring Tradition: BookSpring’s Benefit Luncheon We raised nearly $20,000 for BookSpring’s programs and services. Thank you for your donations! Particularly our stellar raffle contributors: We visited with friends old and new, caught up with BookSpring, and met some of our favorite local children’s book authors. Bethany […]

Closing the Gap in Child Literacy

by Mateo Ibranji A new study based on big educational data found that after many years of efforts by numerous literacy programs, we are collectively as a nation making progress in fighting child inequality in the classroom. The report which was written by multiple professors of education and social work, states that the evident performance […]

Doing Well for Good at Philanthropitch

On Monday May 2nd, BookSpring presented a Philantropitch at the ZACH Theatre in downtown Austin to a lively audience and a panel of socially conscious entrepreneurs to expand our pediatric literacy services. We were grateful to be the recipients that night of $11,000 from Mission Capital and the audience choice award, $10,000 through our friends […]

The Importance of Bilingual Books

by Cynthia Ivey La translación en español puede ser encontrada aquí. We all know that reading is an essential building block for literacy, but what if English is not your first language or not a language you speak at all?  The need for Spanish and bilingual (English/Spanish) books for children in and around Travis County […]

The right book for the right child

Introducing a child to reading is one of the most rewarding events anyone can experience, and people like Emma DeBoer, a former BookSpring employee and now a librarian, strive for these gratifying moments. Ms. Emma DeBoer sat down with BookSpring and revealed some of the key moments and ideas that a Bookspring employee or volunteer […]

Little Books at Work

BookSpring recently received a generous donation of over $600 from our wonderful benefactor, Little Book of Words. BAB-GAB Little Book of Words has a simple way to help fight illiteracy and open doors for children in need: Buy A Book – Give A Book (BAB-GAB). Every time you buy a book form Little Book of […]

BookSpringer appointed to health role

Our very own Clinics & Health Partner Manager at BookSpring, Cynthia Ivey, has been appointed to participate in the inaugural group of Community Health Champions for 2016! Community Health Champions is a new Central Health initiative to bring together community members who want to improve access to and the quality of health care for those […]

Kay Gooch Featured In AAS

Our friend and librarian site coordinator Kay Gooch was featured in today’s issue of the Austin American-Statesman! We are all lucky to have passionate people like Kay working with Austin’s youth. Click below to check it out! Follow this link to the Austin American-Stateman’s website: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/entertainment/gullet-librarian-kay-gooch-is-a-reading-rock-star/npxLG/

Supporting all children to read

by Sophia Toprac BookSpring would like to take some time to shed light on the topic of reading disabilities. About 85% of students with learning disabilities have been described as reading disabled. The process of learning is made up of multiple steps, all of which seem completely simple and are also completely necessary. When a […]

Reading Aloud Kwanzaa

by Sophia Toprac Kwanzaa, the Pan-African Diaspora Holiday, is a great time to read a book about this unique holiday to a child! The week long holiday spans from December 26th to January 1st and is a time for African-Americans to reconnect with their roots, and with each other, by celebrating the seven principles of […]

The difference a book can make

Can you imagine not having any books? Or growing up without every opportunity to read and succeed? Dana grew up in a house with no books, newspapers, magazines, or even a bookshelf. Her family was very poor and moved so often that she went to five different kindergartens. By second grade, Dana was really struggling. […]

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