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Annual Survey Shows Troubling Drop in Print Books at Home

Parents and educators alike need timely information about how reading today may be different than it was in the past. In 2022, the pandemic, economic stress, and extreme weather events have all put stress on families with children and how they fit reading practices into their daily lives.  To address ...
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We love getting letters from our kids!

We love getting letters from our kids!

Has your family ever been given a book at your school or doctor's office?  Check for the BookSpring sticker!  If you and your child have a book from us, BookSpring would love to hear from you! Please have you child draw us a picture of what they like or remember ...
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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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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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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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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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Literacy Begins Early

Literacy Begins Early Literacy is the foundation of our lives! Our education begins when language, expression, and meaning meet between the pages of a book. Books shape our view of the world and generally improve our quality of life. We often overlook just how much the books and media we ...
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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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Revealing the 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey

Revealing the 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey

The BookSpring 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas.  Conducted annually with consistent methods over the past three years, the effort provides a longitudinal snapshot of our regional progress in early literacy.  As in previous years, it prompts interesting questions ...
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Family in their reading nook

How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook

By: Lorena Romo, Originally published in Porch.com A reading nook can be the perfect way to enjoy curling up with your favorite books! Read Lorena Romo's guest blog for some tips and tricks that will inspire you to craft a perfect reading nook. Why Create a Reading Nook? For those ...
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Access Free Internet during COVID-19

Access an updated list of internet services via inmyarea.com. During the Covid-19 outbreak, BookSpring wants to make sure all families can easily access the internet. Online resources are vital sources for continuing childhood education during this period of self-quarantine. Many affiliated enterprises are swiftly updating accounts and web pages with ...
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Summer Reading for Kids Age 6-8

Summer Reading for Kids Age 6-8

Summer is the perfect time for kids to immerse themselves in reading U.S. Bank employees are teaming up with us to promote summer reading! Employees shared some of their top children’s book recommendations for kids age 6-8. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene Review by Lauren Mcconnell The Nancy Drew ...
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Summer Reading for Kids Age 4-5

Summer Reading for Kids Age 4-5

Summer is the perfect time for kids to immerse themselves in reading. U.S. Bank employees are teaming up with us to promote summer reading! Employees shared some of their top children’s book recommendations for kids age 4-5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Reviews by Halle Morrell  The life ...
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Home Grown Book Lovers

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 ...
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Summer Reads from Birth-Age 3

Summer Reads from Birth-Age 3

Summer is the perfect time for kids to immerse themselves in reading! U.S. Bank employees are teaming up with us to promote summer reading! Employees shared some of their top children’s book recommendations for kids from birth-age 3. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Review by Halle Morrell  The Rainbow ...
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Diverse Picture Books

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 ...
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Spanish Reading Resources

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 ...
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Connecting with your children at home

There is no doubt that coronavirus has changed all of our lives. We’ve all been impacted in different ways and for many of us with children, it has redefined our daily routine into a new normal. The kids are home from school and daycare and that leaves parents and guardians ...
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