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BookSpring Recommends Storyweaver

BookSpring Recommends Storyweaver

Are you looking for thousands of free books to read, sorted by age and topic, and available in dozens of ...
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Digital Libraries

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 ...
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Digital Libraries

BookSpring Recommends Free Digital Libraries for Children

Spanish Translation Thanks to the digitization of books, families can access a range of titles without leaving the comforts of ...
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Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Amidst a great amount of change and uncertainty throughout the current public health crisis, we’d like to shine a spotlight ...
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Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

My name is Dana Silverman, and I joined the BookSpring team in March of 2020!  I’ll be helping to develop ...
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BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

Congratulations to Gail Wihelm, the lucky winner of the Smart TV Time Raffle. And a huge thanks to everyone that ...
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internet

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 ...
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The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

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 ...
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Amplify BookSpring

Amplify Austin Day 2020

Amplify Austin Day is only days away! March 5th – March 6th at 6:00 PM A little can go a ...
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Emily Ball Cicchini

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 ...
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Out of this Galaxy Reading List

Out of this Galaxy Reading List

Check out this out of this galaxy must read list! This list is sure to inspire children to explore the ...
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Exploring the 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey

Exploring 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 ...
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Literati Book

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 ...
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Lorena Koppel Volunteer

Community Connections Resource Fair

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer I had an awesome time representing BookSpring this weekend at the Community Connections Resource Fair, sponsored ...
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Escape into a World of Fantasy

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 ...
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When you own the book you own the stage

Future work for 20 Books in Central Texas homes

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director This coming "hindsite is 20/20" year promises to be landmark one for BookSpring and ...
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Volunteer Spotlight

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 ...
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BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring is proud to be a partner in literacy with BookPeople. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas ...
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Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success

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.” ...
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A full set of Harry Potter Books

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 ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

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 ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

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 ...
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2019 Readathon: Monster Readers

2019 Readathon: Monster Readers

Thank you! 2019 Monster Readers was a roaring success! Cheers to the over 1,400 readers and 2,500 reading sponsors who ...
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Reading is Complex: And That's Good!

Reading is Complex: And That’s Good!

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director Reading isn't simple. I am noticing more discussion lately in education circles about reading ...
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Children’s Book Recommendations for Mardi Gras!

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 ...
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Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central

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 ...
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The New Faces of Children’s books

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, ...
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Librarians are Superheroes

Librarians are Superheroes

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Librarian Alexia Haywood, in front of her newest bulletin board, holding two of her favorite books. By: Kara ...
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Diverse Book Wish List

Diverse Book Wish List

Do you want to contribute books to our mission? You can! Purchase these books from our 20 books by 2020 ...
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Celebrating diversity with children’s books

Celebrating diversity with children’s books

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, we suggest you consider hosting a book drive ...
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Horseback riding improves reading skills

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 ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Liam H.

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 ...
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Book drives give back to your host city

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, ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Barbara M.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Barbara M.

Barbara Mott is the librarian at Rodriguez Elementary. After years of working as an educator, this bibliophile had a change ...
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Building meaningful bonds through books

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 ...
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Celebrating the Giving Season with Book People

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 ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Sarah R.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Sarah R.

Sarah Rasmussen has been a children's librarian for six years. As the librarian at Reilly Elementary, Sarah works to constantly engage ...
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Donated Books

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

With the 20 Books by 2020 initiative under way, the need for books to distribute through our programs with healthcare ...
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Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues

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 ...
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Chuy El Chihuahua - a kickstarter campaign

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 ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Kara Hooper

Volunteer Spotlight: Kara Hooper

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a ...
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Highlights from 2018 The Central Texas Reading Survey

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 ...
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Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes

Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director We here are BookSpring have announced a big audacious goal: to get 20 high ...
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A Staff Farewell

A Staff Farewell

Jill Gonzalez receives Storybook Hero Award from Emily Ball Cicchini (Executive Director), Drew Scherz (Board President), at Austin Taco Project, ...
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Celebrating Summer Success Readers

Celebrating Summer Success Readers

Pictured Left to Right: Holly Tompkins (Atlassian), Joel Gross (BookSpringEd Director), Alison Page (Atlassian) with Galindo Elementary reading champs Kathleen ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian

Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian

Atlassian is our pick for the Volunteer Spotlight! Atlassian is an Australian enterprise software company, that specializes in products for ...
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McAllen Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Books for Asylum Seeking Families

This summer, BookSpring took its mission on the road and headed south toward the border of Mexico. In association with ...
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United Way Day of Caring

Readings: Volunteerism and Values

This is a suggested pre-meeting reading for August 15, 2018, noon, at the Austin Public Library Central location.  Free, but ...
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20 Books at Home Significantly Impacts Success

20 Books at Home Significantly Impacts Success

by Christy Anderson The Number of Books at Home Impact a Child’s Educational Success It has long been asserted that ...
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