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Picture Books for Ages 4-8

Picture Books for Ages 4-8

BookSpring volunteer reviewer Barbara Campos is back with another round of reviews! From books that emphasize the value of kindness to a love for animals, these works are sure to elevate the quality of your child’s home library. Read on for Barbara’s take! Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra ...
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Comienza un Club de Lectura en casa

Comienza un Club de Lectura en casa

English Translation Un club de lectura puede ser una forma divertida y creativa de alentar el entusiasmo por la lectura. Es una oportunidad para que los niños y las familias se unan sobre la literatura, y puede abarcar una variedad de actividades. Reunirse Los clubs de lectura son una excelente ...
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Start a Book Club at Home

Start a Book Club at Home

Spanish Translation A book club can be a fun and creative way to encourage enthusiasm for reading.  It’s an informal opportunity for children and families to bond over literature, and can encompass a variety of activities.  If you’re looking to begin or improve a children’s book club, read on for ...
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Actividades de aprendizaje para niños

English Translation  Si usted es un educador que busca soluciones de aprendizaje a distancia, o un padre que busca maneras de mantener a sus pequeños aprendiendo, o alguien a quien le importa que los niños tengan acceso a los recursos de lectura incluso durante el cierre de la escuela, estamos ...
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Unite for Literacy Wash Your Hands Digital Book

BookSpring Recommends Unite For Literacy

Parents and caregivers looking for wonderful non-fiction and board-book style e-books will be thrilled by Unite for Literacy's free browser-based platform, where all you need to enter is a zip code to access a library full of digital books ...
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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 languages?  Then look no further that Storyweaver.  Read three books without signing in, then register with an email to access the entire library of books, created by people all over ...
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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 muchas colecciones de libros infantiles de calidad y aclamados. Con los siguientes recursos, las familias pueden ampliar su acceso a su literatura. Aquí hay tres bibliotecas digitales  para niños: International ...
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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 el internet fácilmente. El acceso es importante para continuar la educación infantil durante este período de auto-cuarentena. Muchas empresas afiliadas están actualizando rápidamente cuentas y páginas de la red con ...
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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 wonders of the universe. Parents and caregivers we recommend reading these books with your elementary age children. Little Kids' First Big Book of Space By Catherine Hughes and David Aguilar, ...
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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 in our community. The survey provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas, while raising many interesting questions about the state of reading in the region, ...
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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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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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Read Aloud Infographic

Troubling New Study on Reading Aloud

by Mateo Ibranji 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%) ...
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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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