Author: Mariela Rodriguez

Home Grown Book Lovers

We’re reposting this guest blog, by Natalia Mirkowicz, to encourage parents and caregivers, during quarantine, to establish a reading routine with their babies at home. Here’s why… 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 […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Suzi Scaramuzza

Over the years we have been fortunate to work with the wonderful ladies of the National Charity League (NCL). The group’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. This week we want to shine the spotlight on our NCL liaison Suzi Scaramuzza! What […]

Meet the Staff: Andrea Angelo

What is your job at BookSpring? Director of Development and Marketing What do you like about your job at BookSpring? I love working towards fulfilling our vision of home libraries for every kid in need throughout Central Texas and encouraging families to read together. How has your job at BookSpring changed with the outbreak of […]

Books to Read This Summer

Lorena Koppel recommends you spend your summer 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 your next reading adventures. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull […]

Trilogy for kids age 9-12

Are you ready for some binge-reading this summer? Rohan recommends this trilogy by Chris Rylander for kids ages 9-12. Codename Zero  A young boy in middle school named Carsen is a popular prankster, but then somebody gives him a secret package to deliver to Mr.Jensen. He thinks it is a practical prank. He says North […]

Kovid’s Book Reviews

Kovid has more Young Adult (YA) book recommendations. Heres’s an action-packed trilogy perfect for kids age 11-13.  The Hunger Games is a series of young adult dystopian novels written by Suzanne Collins. The novels in the trilogy are titled The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The Hunger Games  This book is full of love, […]

Strengthening families in our community

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development. Books in the home and reading together can strengthen parent-child relationships during a critical period of development. BookSpringGo programs partners with community-based organizations that work with children and families to provide early literacy programs. We target families living in low-income zip codes to provide […]

Diverse Picture Books

Encouraging diversity in your children’s books early can create a sense of empathy and representation in young readers. While some readers yearn to find themselves in a book, others can learn about experiences outside their own. Diversity in children’s books is essential for building a more compassionate world. We’ve compiled this list of children’s books […]

Meet the Staff: Evan Rosenblum

We are shining the Workforce Wednesday spotlight on our AmeriCorps VISTA, Evan Rosenblum. He believes that books are a critical tool in helping us better understand ourselves, our world, and each other. We are thrilled to have Evan’s expertise and creativity on our team! What is your job at BookSpring? I am the Americorps Fund […]

Spanish Reading Resources

Parents and educators, BookSpring has compiled another list of Spanish-language educational videos and reading materials that are perfect for engaging young children. These links feature resources that are educational and entertaining. They’re ideal for young native Spanish speakers, and for newcomers to the language eager to learn new words! Read on for a list of […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Kacy Vega

The spotlight is on our volunteer Kacy Vega. She is a resident of San Diego, California but originally hails from the Great Lakes State — Michigan! Kacy is our newest digital literacy advocate helping create content for kids and their parents and caregivers. Check out her book reviews on YouTube.  What’s your volunteering role with […]

Reading Together as a Family

Reading together as a family and doing activities related to the story is a great way to fill your time and build lasting memories! BookSpring is here to provide you with recommendations on children’s books. We are connecting with members of our community to share some of their favorite stories with you. Check out more […]

Books for kids age 4-5

Are you looking for some great books to read at home with your kids? We recommend these titles for the pre-kinder and kinder bound kids in your life. Review by Barbara Campos  Inside Out Box of Mixed Emotions by Brittany Candau Learn about five different emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust) through funny, real-life […]

Shabeeba’s Book Reviews

Shabeeba recommends these stories to fill your summer days. In addition to reviewing books for us, Shabeeba volunteers with the Islamic Circle of Noth American Austin Chapter Food Pantry. Recommended for kids age 9-12, and young adults  Holes by Louis Sachar  Louis Sachar’s Holes is an intricate and satisfying novel that fluently spins a rich […]

Dr.Seuss books build bonds and imaginations

Venus shares the power of reading with her reviews of some of her favorite Dr. Seuss books! Reading these Dr. Seuss classics is a wonderful way to bond with young ones at home and stimulate their imaginations. Read one of these stories and afterward work on a craft project as a family. Let your imaginations […]

Picture Books for Ages 4-8

BookSpring volunteer reviewer Barbara Campos is back with another round of reviews! From books that emphasize the value of kindness to a love for animals, these works are sure to elevate the quality of your child’s home library. Read on for Barbara’s take! Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton Moo, Baa, La La […]

Meet the Staff: Shannon Thorne

What is your job at BookSpring? I run the educational programs which work with elementary schools to provide books to their students. The Books For Me is a book ownership program which serves the entire school with students receiving 3 books. The other program, Summer Success targets the slide in reading scores over the summer. […]

Chapter Book List

We are teaming up with Generation Serve to promote literacy this summer and beyond! Kids and teens are sharing with us some of the books they are reading over the summer. Here are some recommendations.  Recommended for kids age 9 – 12  Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi and Rick Riordan […]

Summer Chapter Book List

Sammer from Generation Serve is back with some summer book recommendations for you. These fantasy adventures are sure to help teens and adults travel to many destinations from their living rooms. Books are a great tool for satisfying your wanderlust!  The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Bilbo Baggins is a self-respecting hobbit. Hobbits are a race […]

YA Book List

Shruti is a BookSpring volunteer who enjoys Young Adult fiction thrillers. If you need an escape from reality, be sure to check out these book reviews and add to your summer reading list.  Skyward by Brandon Sanderson  Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is a thrilling novel about a girl named Spensa. Spensa is an altruistic, brave […]

Meet the Staff: Katie Mathews

What is your job at BookSpring?  I’m BookSpring’s Go Program Manager. That means I manage all of our programs that occur in the community, in early childhood centers, as well as any programs we run with parents & families.  What do you like about your job at BookSpring?  There are so many things to like, […]

Destinee’s YA Book Recommendations

Volunteer blogger Destinee McGhee returns with an eclectic selection of books to review for BookSpring! In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, we recommend these titles featuring stories of tailors, journalists, and athletes. See below for Destinee’s reviews! Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim Maia Tamarin is arguably the most talented tailor […]

Meet the Staff: Suzanne MacGillivray

This week the staff spotlight is on Suzanne MacGillivray.  What is your job at BookSpring?  I’m the Development Associate. I’m part time and I deal with things involving fundraising. What do you like about your job at Bookspring?  I help with raising the funds that make it possible for BookSpring to be able to provide […]

Meet the Staff: Shefali Tewari

This week the staff spotlight is on Shefali Tewari.  She has worked with non-profits for the past 25 years and consulted with various companies in finance and accounting. What is your job at BookSpring?  I am the Director of Finance and Operations at BookSpring.  I work on accounts, finance and the day to day operations […]

Comienza un Club de Lectura en casa

English Translation Un club de lectura puede ser una forma divertida y creativa de alentar el entusiasmo por la lectura. Es una oportunidad para que los niños y las familias se unan sobre la literatura, y puede abarcar una variedad de actividades. Reunirse Los clubs de lectura son una excelente manera de socializar y no […]

BookSpring Recomienda Bibliotecas Digitales para Niños

English Translation  Gracias a la digitalización de libros, las familias pueden acceder una variedad de títulos desde su hogar. Hay muchas colecciones de libros infantiles de calidad y aclamados. Con los siguientes recursos, las familias pueden ampliar su acceso a su literatura. Aquí hay tres bibliotecas digitales  para niños: International Children’s Digital Library Biblioteca digital internacional […]

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 […]

Scroll to top