Literacy research reports that having 20 or more books at home is a significant indicator of three more years of education for a child. Yet, 46% of Central Texas families with children under 12 report having fewer than 20 books at home according to BookSpring’s 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey.

Our efforts with our strategic partners at United Way of Greater Austin, Half Price Books, Austin Public Library, BookPeople, Literacy First, and Literati are helping to move this needle in the right direction.

BookSpring is a homegrown nonprofit focused on building early literacy in Central Texas children and families. We envision that together we can ensure, every child has at least 20 books at home during their formative years.

Be a part of our “20 books by 2020” vision! With your help we can spread the word on the importance of book ownership and reading together as a family.

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1. DONATE TO BOOKSPRING

Buy a kid a library today! Your gift of $50 to BookSpring efficiently provides a child under age 12 with 20 books. 

Your tax-deductible gift helps Central Texas children own the childhood books they need to succeed as adults. 

2. COLLECT & SHARE

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COLLECT

Gather 20 new or gently used books to help a Central Texas child build their personal library. Books can be delivered to BookSpring (M-F between 9-5). We’re at 2006 Greenbrook Pkwy, Austin, TX 78723. Thanks a bunch!

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SHARE

Tell your friends how easy it is to collect 20 books. Help BookSpring make “20 books by 2020” a reality. Be sure to use our hashtags: #BookSpring #20booksby2020 #ownthebook

3. MOBILIZE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Create a personal crowdfunding page and help spread the word to 20 people!

Set a personal fundraising goal and ask your friends, family, and colleagues to contribute.

  • Set up your 20 Books page, It only takes a minute!

  • Share your page with friends and family via email anytime or social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through the end of December.

  • Help to remind all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books at home are to a child’s future success! Share with us which childhood book had a lasting impact on you.

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LIKE

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SHARE

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TRACK

When you participate, BookSpring will:

  • Shine light on your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to say thanks a bunch!

  • Share messages tagged with #20booksby2020 and #ownthebook in our social and print media.

  • Provide comprehensive annual tracking of the State of Reading in Central Texas, with a shared goal of 70% of all families having 20 books at home by the year 2025.

Share these fun reminders that “when you own the book, you own the world.” Just right-click to download the image. Then share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to use our hashtags #20booksby2020 and #ownthebook. Thanks!