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Print-to-Speech and Speech-to-Print: Mapping Early Literacy

Print-to-Speech and Speech-to-Print: Mapping Early Literacy

By: Jeannine Herron, et al. In this overview, learn how early literacy benefits from both print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction, creating connections in the brain that link new knowledge about the alphabet to what children already know and are continuously learning about words. Introduction Recently there have been many discussions among ...
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Sarah Hill holding a book at BookSpring

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Hill, Bookkeeper and Donor Manager

What is your job at BookSpring? I’m the Bookkeeper and Donor Manager, so I handle the financial books and assist with fundraising and donor relations and data. What do you like about your job at BookSpring? When I first applied at BookSpring, I was fresh out of college and trying ...
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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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Staff Spotlight:  Jimmy Minter, Operations Manager

Staff Spotlight: Jimmy Minter, Operations Manager

What is your job at BookSpring? I’m BookSpring’s Operations Manager. That means I have a uniquely diversified role. I manage all of our operations from onboarding new staff, to coordinating our university work studies and AmeriCorps programs, to the maintenance and care of our brand-new facility! What do you like ...
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Read Aloud Guide

Read Aloud Tips from Reading Is Fundamental

BookSpring is proud that our roots come from Reading Is Fundamental, the national program headquartered in Washington DC.  In addition to being a continuing funder to BookSpring through the Books for Ownership programs, they watch news and trends, such as The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which showed recently ...
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Books Begining at Birth Partnerships with Early Educators

Books Beginning at Birth: A New Partnership for Birth to Age 4

Books Beginning at Birth Program for Texas Families Early childhood programs have long-lasting impacts on children, families, and broader communities. The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) and BookSpring launched the Books Beginning at Birth program to ensure more families are empowered and motivated to read together ...
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Learn All About BookSpring’s New Home

Learn All About BookSpring’s New Home

It's official!  BookSpring has moved our headquarters to a new location in South Austin, 1807 W. Slaughter Lane, Building #1.  Come visit us M-F, between 10-4, or sign up to volunteer in our new space or at our warehouse on Rutland Drive. NOTE:  Our new mailing address is BookSpring, PO ...
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Ethan Woodfield Eiler

In Loving Memory of Ethan Woodfield Eiler

Ethan Woodfield Eiler of Austin, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 22. His family asks everyone to honor his memory by enjoying nature, reading a book, and cultivating meaningful and loyal friendships. He always sought ways to make a difference, leave somewhere better than he found, and ...
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Program Associate Jessy helps students choose books at Wooten Summer Success.

Summer Success 2022 Program Recap

Summer Success 2022 Program Recap This May, BookSpring visited six campuses in three Central Texas cities—Austin, Del Valle, and Pflugerville—and distributed over 4,500 books to 564 elementary students through our Summer Success Program. The program serves first and second graders enrolled in Title I schools and provides each child with ...
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Dig Into Reading Event Celebrates BookSpring Friends & Funders

Dig Into Reading Event Celebrates BookSpring Friends & Funders

Despite an unexpected but welcome Spring rain storm, about 35 supporters and friends of BookSpring gathered to celebrate early literacy enrichment with the theme, "Dig into Reading." Held at the eclectic Sparky Pocket Park pavilion in Central Austin, there was just enough room inside and on the porch for everyone ...
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Barbara Mott, Librarian at Rodriguez Elementary

Partner Spotlight: Barbara Mott, Rodriguez Elementary School

In April, the Rodriguez Elementary library magically morphed into a science lab equipped with safety goggles, experiment materials, and an in-house scientist. The librarian, Ms. Mott, was mysteriously absent, and her cousin, Dr. Stein, had taken over. Dr. Stein instructed them to place their hands on the scanner when students ...
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Books for Me Partner- Perez Elementary Camp Reads A lot

Partner Spotlight: Perez Elementary School

Partner Spotlight is on Perez Elementary School. With BookSpring’s Books for Me program this month, Perez Elementary librarian Randi Sather transformed her library into a picturesque, serene campsite. I got the chance to visit Ms. Sather on two event days. On the first day, she took her first and second ...
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Family Readathon-family reading

That’s a wrap on the 2022 Family Readathon! 

Congratulations to all Family Readathon participants! Readers rose to the challenge to read a total of 90,253 minutes in February. They also fundraised to share the joy of book ownership with children who need more books at home. Over the years, BookSpring has opened this special reading event up for our ...
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Reflections on Seven Years as Executive Director

Reflections on Seven Years as Executive Director

February 25th marks my employment anniversary as Executive Director of BookSpring, which started in 2015. As my motto is “Follow compassion, lead with reflection, and serve with commitment,” I’d like to take this time to share some of the triumphs and learning moments observed during this relatively brief time of ...
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Boy sitting by book shelf

Family Readathon Book List

Family Readathon readers have logged over 43,000 minutes and counting! We are blown away by everyone's commitment to reading for a cause and achieving personal reading goals. A love of books and reading and providing books to those who need them most is the ultimate goal of the Family Readathon ...
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Christmas & Hanukkah - A Time of Stories

Christmas & Hanukkah – A Time of Stories

Stories from Two World Traditions Two of America's biggest holidays happen this month: Hanukkah and Christmas. While I've been celebrating and watching people celebrate these holidays all my life, it came to my attention recently that I have no idea where these traditions came from. So I did a little ...
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What do you celebrate?

Holiday Book Reviews

'Tis the season for reading! The holiday break is a great opportunity for kids to kick back and relax. What better way to relax than by curling up with a good book every night! Our volunteers shared some of their top children’s book recommendations for kids 3-8 years old. Olaf's ...
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Update: Impactful Giving with the CARES Act Ends 2021

Update: Impactful Giving with the CARES Act Ends 2021

Do you want to get a tax deduction, but don't want to itemize your return?  Well, this is the year to do it!  Congress extended the charitable tax deduction benefit of the 2020 CARES Act until the end of 2021, which means that for most tax payers, you can deduct ...
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Results of 2021 Central Texas Reading Survey

The 2021 Central Texas Reading Survey provides great insight into the lives of those in our community and shows us a snapshot of what their reading habits have looked like over the past year. Now in its fifth year, this survey helps indicate areas for improvement in Central Texas and ...
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Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Porch.com recently reached out for advice from experts, like BookSpring, to provide book lovers with tips on various topics. This is an excerpt from the article written by Lorena Romo. Every book lover will agree that reading not only brings you lots of benefits, but it can take you to ...
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mother and baby reading together

How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

The promotion of literacy at home has long-term benefits for the whole family. Reading together not only has developmental benefits, but it also increases the parent and caregiver-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term. Steps to create a reader-friendly environment that inspires ...
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