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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 season of Lent.  Those in Texas may be most familiar with Mardi Gras, an event most often associated with New Orleans, but the same day is referred to as Carnival ...
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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, children’s books should represent the myriad of cultures and faces that exist within a quick search on the internet or a walk through the street in any metropolitan area. Children, ...
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Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love

Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love

By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  It is time to celebrate our love of books with books about love. As a proud “Auntie” to many children, I make it a point to shower them with books, particularly those that help them grow their emotional muscles, feel reassured that my love for them ...
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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 are hosting a community-wide book drive that exemplifies diverse characters reflective of young Central Texas readers. From January 21 through February 28, we ask that you collect and share children’s books that celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusiveness ...
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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 years. Horses are very friendly and one of the gentlest animals. Despite their size and height, most horses have an inherently kind temperament. Many specialists from the equestrian discipline and ...
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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 with the family and some good books. Take turns reading pages aloud and pause to ask questions and discuss among one another characters, plot, and more. Books serve as a ...
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New Study on Book Gifting for Babies

New Study on Book Gifting for Babies

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director The tradition of book gifting has been studied scientifically by researchers in education and healthcare for many years.  Practices include bookmobiles, little free libraries, and other early literacy interventions and social programs at the regional, national, and global levels. We at BookSpring look to ...
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How a Chaotic 15 Minutes Turned into “Book Time”

How a Chaotic 15 Minutes Turned into “Book Time”

By: Rebecca Shah In our house there are about 15 minutes after supper and before we start the bedtime routine that are often challenging for our five-year-old and two-year-old (and, frankly, for us). The kids are tired and grumpy. It feels impossible to share and absolutely necessary to burst into ...
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Central Texas Reading Survey

Results of the 2017 Central Texas Reading Survey

Over Half of Austin Children Reading on Mobile Devices A wide body of research consistently shows that reading is one of the most important indicators of personal and professional success, and yet, historically we have known very little about why children and families choose to read. Now, a new reading ...
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ManorBookBus

Manor’s Reading on the Go

Manor Independent School District (MISD) has been celebrating literacy all summer long! Children and families can explore reading aboard the "Reading on the Go" Manor book bus. The traveling book bus has been making stops around Manor helping families build their book collection one book at a time. Through a ...
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GAAMBK

My Brother’s Keeper Book Giveaway

Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper (GAAMBK) is an offshoot of the national movement My Brother’s Keeper. The initiative, created by former President Barack Obama, addresses the challenges that young men of color face. The GAAMBK initiative kicked off on March 8, 2015 at SXSWedu. This initiative is a collaboration among city, county, ...
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Troubling New Study on Reading Aloud

Troubling New Study on Reading Aloud

54% of parents do not read aloud A new survey shows how far we have to go to encourage parents to read aloud to their children. Conducted by Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national campaign to increase reading aloud at home, the report shows that fewer than half (46%) of parents read ...
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Christmas & Hanukkah - A Time of Stories

Christmas & Hanukkah – A Time of Stories

by Sophia Toprac 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 for all my life, it came to my attention recently that I have no idea where these traditions came from. So ...
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Grandparents Instill Love of Reading

Grandparents Instill Love of Reading

Submitted by Kaye and Randy Patterson, Champions of BookSpring Being a Grandparent is great!! For many years as a parent, there was always the worry that decisions on raising your children wouldn't prove to be right. The arrival of grandchildren (and recently a great-grand daughter) tends to ratify the choices ...
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