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Become a BookSpring Book Reviewer!

Become a BookSpring Book Reviewer!

Share your love of reading through Book Reviews Do you love to share stories about the good books you've read lately?  If so, BookSpring invites you to become a volunteer book reviewer!  You can do this on video, or through a written blog post.  Both ways help share excitement and ...
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Books to Read This Summer

Books to Read This Summer

Lorena Koppel recommends you spend your summer relaxing and enjoying a great book! If you loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and are looking for similar reads to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 of the best middle-grade fantasy essentials for your next reading ...
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Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Book Review of Lift As You Climb

Lift as You Climb The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell Review by Frannie Rooney, Literacy First Volunteer  I came across “Lift as You Climb” while browsing the Austin Public Library’s Kids section. It was the first book I saw under “New”. Considering the current progress of the ...
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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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Chapter Book List

Chapter Book List

We are teaming up with Generation Serve to promote literacy this summer and beyond! Kids and teens are sharing with us some of the books they are reading over the summer. Here are some recommendations.  Recommended for kids age 9 – 12  Aru Shah and the End of Time by ...
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Summer Chapter Book List

Sammer from Generation Serve is back with some summer book recommendations for you. These fantasy adventures are sure to help teens and adults travel to many destinations from their living rooms. Books are a great tool for satisfying your wanderlust!  The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Bilbo Baggins is a self-respecting ...
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YA Book List

YA Book List

Shruti is a BookSpring volunteer who enjoys Young Adult fiction thrillers. If you need an escape from reality, be sure to check out these book reviews and add to your summer reading list.  Skyward by Brandon Sanderson  Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is a thrilling novel about a girl named Spensa ...
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Trials of Apollo

National Volunteer Week: Cassandra’s Reviews

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19th – April 25th), BookSpring is highlighting contributions from volunteers, who are critical to making our operations possible throughout the region of Central Texas. BookSpring’s temporary transition to working remotely has provided us with the occasion to spotlight volunteers who have made a ...
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National Volunteer Week: Sameer’s Reviews

National Volunteer Week: Sameer’s Reviews

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19th – April 25th), BookSpring is highlighting contributions from volunteers, who are critical to making our operations possible throughout the region of Central Texas. BookSpring’s temporary transition to working remotely has provided us with the occasion to spotlight volunteers who have made a ...
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Must Read Series: Young Adult Books

Must Read Series: Young Adult Books

Destinee has a passion for books and reading! Here are her Young Adult book recommendations for you. These books are available on Amazon. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish By Pablo Carta At six feet tall and 180 pounds, eighth-grader Marcus Vega is usually seen as a threat by pretty much ...
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Must Read Series: Harry the Dirty Dog

Must Read Series: Harry the Dirty Dog

BookSpring recommends these online learning resources. Select Storyonline to view Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog  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 ...
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Must Read Series : Ramona

Must Read Series : Ramona

April 12th is Beverly Cleary's birthday! Beverly is a children's book author with many prestigious awards, including a Living Legend award by the Library of Congress Students from Gorzycki Middle School are helping BookSpring remind kids reading can help them learn and grow. They are reminding all Central Texas families ...
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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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Green Eggs and Ham

Must Read Series: Green Eggs and Ham

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. These middle schoolers launched the Must Read Series for kids. These are book recommendations by kids for kids and ...
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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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Escape into a World of Fantasy

Escape into a World of Fantasy

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer If you're looking for a quick escape from the real world, we've got you covered. Here's a batch of some of some of the best fantasy books, selected by the wisest mages in the lands, for your enjoyment! Aru Shah and the End of Time By Roshani ...
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A full set of Harry Potter Books

How Long Will I Love Harry Potter? Always.

By Ashley Haustein Like many 30-year-olds, I grew up loving Harry Potter. The magical Hogwarts castle, professors who could turn into cats, and flying broomsticks captured me in a way no other story did. Last summer, my book club decided to put a “pause” on reading books written for adults ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

Erica Huff, owner of Wick Habit wants to make the world a better place or at least make it smell nicer. With a history of donating portions of her proceeds to local causes, Erica was inspired to create the“Rachel’s Poetry Corner” candle in honor of Rachel McElroy of the local podcast ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

Rachel McElroy and her husband Griffin host a weekly podcast called Wonderful. Listeners are encouraged to write in with items of enthusiasm such as movies, television, sports, books, and more for topics of discussion. With a background in poetry, Rachel began an informal segment called "Rachel's Poetry Corner" to expose more ...
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A Lesson Learned from Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

A Lesson Learned from Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

By Natalie Kelly Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story is the recently published follow up to 2014’s Grandfather Gandhi. Local author, Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s grandson, wrote both books. Bethany Hegedus will be speaking and signing copies of her book this weekend at BookPeople. It ...
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My Favorite Childhood Reading Story: Ramona and Her Father

My Favorite Childhood Reading Story: Ramona and Her Father

Submitted by: Vickie L. When I was a little girl, it was my dad who read to me every night before bed. We sat in his little den, which consisted of floor to ceiling bookshelves, every square inch of which was lined with books. The furniture in the room was ...
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