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Literacy First

Increasing access to books in collaboration with the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

BookSpring collaborates with the Greater Austin Reading Coalition to increase access to books and literacy resources for children 12 and under and their families across Central Texas. The coalition, founded by the United Way for Greater Austin, strives to bring together diverse literacy advocates to increase the number of children reading ...
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Girl in her Reading Nook

9 Tips for Creating an Affordable Home Reading Nook

For a young reader, having access to books is paramount. Research suggests that increasing the number of books available to students, especially at a young age, leads to higher reading scores and academic achievement overall. More books in the classroom and at home means a student has more to choose ...
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Mother & daughter reading together

7 Ways Families Can Promote Early Literacy 

Research confirms that families play an essential role in promoting early literacy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading daily to young children helps their brain development (O’Keefe, 2014). Families can foster engagement while promoting early literacy! Reading together establishes a shared event in which stronger bonds develop between parents, ...
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Teachers Say Kids Need Books Right Now

One question that’s top of mind to everyone who has a child in school or works in a school is: What do we need to be doing right now to help kids make it through this challenging time? Our friends at First Book, a national non-profit clearinghouse for books for ...
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Books For Me

Books for Me: Creating the Motivation to Read

Books for Me: Creating the Motivation to Read The research is clear: if you want children to become good readers, you must allow them to choose the books they read. If you encourage independent reading and let students choose books based on their interests, rather than prescribing texts you think ...
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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates BookSpring offices are closed to the general public, but we continue providing essential resources to families in Central Texas. Staff is available by phone, email, or appointment, and we are still accepting book donations. Families living in Central Texas with children age 12 and under can apply to ...
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Children's Books

The Junior League of Austin helps BookSpring Launch children into a World of Reading

The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is donating $3,000 to BookSpring to grow our program staff. This generous grant will allow us to increase staffing in delivering our continuum of literacy programs throughout Central Texas. BookSpring is also proud to be a community project of The Junior League of Austin ...
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Thank You to our Board of Directors!

Thank You to our Board of Directors!

Members of our Board of Directors are the most incredibly dedicated group of volunteers at BookSpring. Their leadership, expertise, and overall passion for our mission make them the heart of BookSpring. Board service is one of the most demanding volunteer roles, and these members have performed with dedication and tenacity ...
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Father and baby reading

Reading to Children and Post-Reading Activities

By: María José Meneses, Originally published in Porch.com Parents and other family members can enhance the benefits kids can obtain by complementing reading with a few related activities. While you might think that school teachers have plenty of time for these types of activities, the truth is that there often isn’t ...
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How to Encourage Your Children to Read at Home

By: María José Meneses, Originally published in Porch.com As children, we were told that reading is important, and many of us are among the millions of library users, audible subscribers, and bookstore shoppers. But exactly why is it important, and how do we convince kids of its inherent value? Well, like ...
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The Trevor Romain Company Free eBooks and Video Books

Free eBooks and Video eBooks by The Trevor Romain Company

Kids and families interested in reading and watching multicultural stories should check out the award-winning and educational publisher, The Trevor Romain Company. Co-founded in 2007 by South African children's author, TV personality, and speaker Trevor Romain, This publisher offers educators, counselors, caregivers, and families resources to become happier, healthier, and ...
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Volunteer Spotlight Sheila Carver

Volunteer Spotlight: Sheila Carver

BookSpring’s Volunteer Spotlight highlights our gratitude for the heroes behind the scenes. The Volunteer Spotlight is on Sheila Carver, a dedicated volunteer who loves kids and books! She has been volunteering with us since 2019. What is your volunteer role with BookSpring? What are some of the activities you have ...
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Anne and Harrison

Celebrating a Legacy of Service and Education

By: Georgean and Paul Kyle, Travis Audubon  Travis Audubon honors devoted volunteer Anne Donovan with a BookSpring Flying Book Society membership. Today we celebrate Anne Donovan as a consummate educator and conservationist. We are thrilled to celebrate her legacy of service and education with a gift to BookSpring in her ...
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Reading is The Key to Summer Fun

Reading is The Key to Summer Fun

Reading is the key to summer fun! With the vast world at children's fingertips with a turn of a page, kids can travel all summer long with some good books. Reading is a pivotal opportunity for children to have a fun and fulfilling summer. Here's why! Imagination and Entertainment Reading ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Lili Cantu

BookSpring’s Volunteer Spotlight highlights our gratitude for the heroes behind the scenes. The Volunteer Spotlight is on Lili Cantu. Lili has contributed to the BookSpring mission for years as a staff member turned volunteer. What is your volunteer role with BookSpring? What are some of the activities you have helped ...
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I Used To Be the Baby

When I Grow Up Book List

Check out these picture books to explore the theme "When I Grow Up" with kids ages 4-8. BookSpring volunteer Donovan Archer reviewed these books. Subscribe for more Children’s Books Reviews. I Used to Be the Baby By Robin Ballard “I used to be the baby, but now I am big.” ...
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BookSpring Book Giveaway

New Research Links Book Giveaway Programs to Early Childhood Literacy

By Jayme Carrico Studies have found a child’s access to books plays a significant role in early childhood literacy. One recent study found that providing access to books, book giveaway programs encourage reading time between parents and children, increase a child’s overall interest in reading, and advances a child’s early ...
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Building Connections to the World through Books

Building Connections to the World through Books

Join us for this very special BookSpring event! Who: Christy and Turk Pipkin of The Nobelity Project When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5 pm Where: via Zoom! RSVP, and we will email a private link to you. Donate & Register Guest Speakers Turk Pipkin Founder of The Nobelity Project, Turk Pipkin is an award-winning author, director, ...
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Volunteer Prashanth Shenoy

Volunteer Spotlight: Prashanth Shenoy

Prashanth Shenoy began volunteering with us this past year. Having little access to books growing up in India inspired him to get involved with BookSpring. Prashanth is a devoted volunteer who assists with book pickups and deliveries. He is also helping with the mailing of BookSpring Direct book bundles to ...
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Look! Flowers!

Spring Book List for Kids

Spring has sprung! It is time to stop and smell the roses. Check out these fun picture books to discover and learn about different types of flowers. BookSpring volunteer, Donovan Archer reviewed these books. Subscribe for more Children's Books Reviews. Look! Flower! by Stephanie Calmenson “Look! Flowers! They’re beautiful to ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Meyer

Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Meyer

We are shining the spotlight on the founder of Community Helping Hands, Austin, TX, and Charity Links, Haley Meyer! Haley is a pro at connecting caring and giving individuals to meet the direct needs of multiple Austin nonprofits like us. What is your volunteering role with BookSpring?  I have been ...
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