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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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How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

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 caregiver-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term. Here are some steps to create a reader-friendly environment ...
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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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Must Read Series: Junie B. Jones

Must Read Series: Junie B. Jones

Students from Gorzycki Middle School are helping BookSpring remind kids reading can help them learn and grow. They are reminding all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books can be. A special thank you for helping launch The Must Read Series for kids, which features book recommendations by kids ...
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Digital Libraries

BookSpring Recommends Free Digital Libraries for Children

Spanish Translation Thanks to the digitization of books, families can access a range of titles without leaving the comforts of home.  There are many free online collections that feature a number of quality and acclaimed children’s books.  With the following resources, families can broaden their access their literature with the ...
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The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

Students from Gorzycki Middle School help to remind all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books at home are for children’s futures! By: Alexandra D. (6th Grade) When I was little, my favorite book was The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. My favorite character was the stinkbug because ...
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2020 Readathon:  Read a Book, Own the Galaxy!

2020 Readathon: Read a Book, Own the Galaxy!

Awards Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's BookSpring Readathon event. We had over 1,117 student readers representing 20 schools read more than 566,681 minutes combined. Top Schools Overall Most Raised Gullet Elementary School $26,068.28 raised Most Minutes Read Galindo Elementary School 80,170 minutes read Top Classes Overall ...
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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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Lunch Series Invited Study About Literacy & Non-Profits

Lunch Series Invited Study About Literacy & Non-Profits

Literacy and Non-Profits Topics BookSpring held three Lunch and Learns are for people curious about early literacy, non-profits, and BookSpring’s programs and services.  We joined together in an informal setting to consider and discuss a timely topic of interest. Meetings were held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on the third ...
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Free Books For Kids

Free Books For Kids

BookSpring recommends that families explore reading together at home online. Digital children's books can be a terrific online addition to a print library, if the e-books are simple (without lots of pop-up distractions) and if they are used to read together as a family. Our friends at Unite for Literacy ...
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Ready for School?

Ready for School?

By Jill Gonzalez, Associate Director Ready for School BookSpring’s Top 10 Back to School Read-Alouds It’s that time of year again! It’s time to head back to school, see old friends, and make some new ones. Whether your children are in preschool or elementary school, here are some books that ...
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Go for the gold: 2018 Read-A-Thon!

Go for the gold: 2018 Read-A-Thon!

This year, go for the gold! Gold Medal Readers is the theme of 2018 Read-A-Thon kicking off January 22nd through February 4th. Impacting the community The Read-A-Thon continues to encourage the community to indulge in books for a worthy cause for two weeks. Students and book lovers will read and ...
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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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Submit Your Artwork Today!

Submit Your Artwork Today!

Share your artistic skills with us! BookSpring is in search of the logo for the 2018 Gold Medal Readers Read-A-Thon! The winning submission must capture the spirit of being a Gold Medal Reader. Every year we hold a community-wide art contest for children in elementary or middle school. All submissions ...
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Champion

Birthday Bash for Books!

Mariela Rodriguez, BookSpringGo Director Earlier this month, BookSpring Champion Dan Rourke celebrated his 60th Birthday with a mission. This was no ordinary celebration. He requested no presents in lieu of putting the spotlight on his 6 favorite charities, including BookSpring! He encouraged his friends, family, and other attendees to donate ...
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My Journey With BookSpring

My Journey With BookSpring

By: Luke Arney, BookSpringGo volunteer My journey with BookSpring started over a year ago while I was in my freshman year at Lake Travis High School. During my freshman year in AP Human Geography my teacher, Mrs. Browning, set forth a project that would follow one of the seventeen UN ...
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Birds Barbershop

Birds for Bookworms Book Drive

Birds Barbershop held a book drive in August, during the back to school rush, at each of their 8 Austin and 1 Houston locations. The Birds for Bookworms book drive benefited the ReBook program with hundreds of books. Birds Barbershop is a philanthropic leader in the Austin community. They are always ...
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Vroom

Vroom

Mariela Rodriguez, BookSpringGo Director Parenthood is full of little moments with big implications. It’s full of surprises and truly heartwarmingly irreplaceable moments. Your child’s first step, their first day of school, or listening to them read their first book. Moments of wonder, exploration, and inquiries. Parenthood can have its challenges ...
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Books on the Go!

Books on the Go!

BookSpring’s van has been hitting the streets throughout Central Texas to get resources needed to children and families through partners already serving them. Tools that will ensure they read and succeed together. With thousands of books constantly flowing in and out of our office, we are keeping home libraries growing ...
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