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Strengthening families in our community

Strengthening families in our community

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development. Books in the home and reading together can strengthen parent-child relationships during a critical period of development. BookSpringGo programs partners with community-based organizations that work with children and families to provide early literacy programs. We target families living in ...
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Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Amidst a great amount of change and uncertainty throughout the current public health crisis, we’d like to shine a spotlight on one of our partners who has gone above and beyond to serve and meet the immediate needs of Texans: H-E-B. Last year, BookSpring and H-E-B partnered together to bring ...
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Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

My name is Dana Silverman, and I joined the BookSpring team in March of 2020!  I’ll be helping to develop the volunteer program over the next year, and I am super excited to help fulfill BookSpring’s mission of building early literacy in children and families through healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), ...
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Emily Ball Cicchini

Executive Director Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

We are celebrating Emily Ball Cicchini's five-year anniversary at BookSpring! She joined BookSpring in February 2015 and is proud of all that we, as a board, staff, partners, and volunteers, have accomplished together. In Emily’s words, “…this organization is truly a collaborative labor of love for hundreds of very committed ...
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When you own the book you own the stage

Future work for 20 Books in Central Texas homes

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director This coming "hindsite is 20/20" year promises to be landmark one for BookSpring and for all the partners and families with children we serve. Wouldn't it be great if we could know now what we'll know in the future? Well, we can't! The best ...
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Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success

Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success

It is no mystery that summer break can result in an exponential loss of academic skills or the “summer slide.” Research conducted by John Hopkins’ sociology Professor Karl Alexander shows that low-income youth suffer significantly from a loss of academic skills over the summertime. The losses pile up contributing to ...
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Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central

Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central

It is never too early to share books with your baby. Reading to babies immerses them in sounds, rhythms, and rhymes building language and early literacy skills. Books are also a crucial bonding tool for caregivers and their newborns. Through the Rx programs, we partner with healthcare providers to prescribe ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Sarah R.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Sarah R.

Sarah Rasmussen has been a children's librarian for six years. As the librarian at Reilly Elementary, Sarah works to constantly engage the community in and around the school in the joy of reading. Her love of kids, books, and introducing students to the excitement of getting lost in a book and ...
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Donated Books

Literati and Half Price Books are filling shelves in Central Texas homes

With the 20 Books by 2020 initiative under way, the need for books to distribute through our programs with healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and community (Go) partners. It is these partnerships that allow us to reach children and families in need across Central Texas. Two of our greatest supporters in ...
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Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues

Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues

The mere presence of books in the home creates a culture of learning that translates to a more prosperous future. Books allow children to explore the world at their own pace and develop their own interests. Print rich homes cultivate the language, social-emotional, and interpersonal skills needed to prosper and ...
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Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes

Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director We here are BookSpring have announced a big audacious goal: to get 20 high quality children's books in every Central Texas home by 2020. This vision is being driven by social science research that shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home ...
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Highlights from 2018 The Central Texas Reading Survey

Highlights from 2018 The Central Texas Reading Survey

BookSpring’s Central Texas Reading Survey offers intriguing insights into the state of reading in Central Texas, and the implications for early literacy efforts in our community. We launched the assessment to provide you with real-time statistics that measure reading habits among parents and caregivers with children under the age of 12. Low Book ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian

Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian

Atlassian is our pick for the Volunteer Spotlight! Atlassian is an Australian enterprise software company, that specializes in products for collaboration and product development. They opened doors on their Austin location in 2014. The magnificent employees of Atlassian began their involvement with BookSpring as a sponsor for our annual Read-A-Thon ...
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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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Summer Success

Summer Partnership with Andy Roddick Foundation

By: Joel Gross, BookSpringEd Director Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography Studio At BookSpring we know one of the most critical areas in students’ early educational journey is stemming the tide of summer reading loss. More broadly, the summer also presents an added challenge to many parents as they ...
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BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring is proud to be a partner in literacy with BookPeople. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople has been voted best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years. BookPeople was voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly ...
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Extreme Child Care Center Lobby Makeover!

Extreme Child Care Center Lobby Makeover!

Wow, what a difference! In May 2016, various organizations partnered with us at Forbes Child Inc. in order to bring new life to our lobby. The vision of our lobby became the vision of not only one person, but a collaborative inclusive one with our staff and families in mind ...
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