Building Early Literacy in the Community | BookSpring

Building Early Literacy in the Community

A recent poll shows that in Central Texas, 52% of low-income families have less than 20 books in the home. Research has also shown that as few as 20 books in the home is a predictor of 3 more years of education over a child’s lifetime. Our goal is to make sure families in Central Texas have at least 20 quality children’s books at home to read aloud together.

By working with community partners, we reach under served populations to achieve this critical mass of books, as well as provide fun, motivational activities that help model positive family literacy practices with their children. Our programs are made possible by volunteer support on an ongoing basis, which community members and companies can apply for year-round. If you are intersted in volunteering for the BookSpringGo program, visit our volunteer page.

For more information, contact BookSpringGo Director Mariela Rodriguez at mariela.rodriguez @ or (512) 472-1791 x 102.

Go Framework

  • Who do we reach? All families/people in our communities within a 100 mile radius of Austin
  • What do we do? Provide motivational reading experiences and improve, create, and/or expand reading spaces and access to books
  • Where does it happen? City-wide, in community centers, housing services, and partner nonprofits (mostly low-income serving)
  • When does it happen? In and out of school time (after-school, summer), one-time events with partners, and public events
  • Why does it work? Build awareness on the importance of reading and provide access to books, literacy materials, and positive adult interactions
  • How is it supported? Cooperative agreements, grants, donations (books and money), and volunteer time

Go Programs

Austin Reads Aloud

BookSpring encourages all adults to read aloud with children and engage them in meaningful discussion and activities which support their understanding of the world around them. Community service organizations and volunteers play a huge role in this activity, and everyone can participate.


The ReBook program both collects and places donated gently used children’s books into the hands of children in our community. Book drives may be held by anyone. Donated books received by BookSpring are carefully sorted and distributed to children in qualifying low income medical clinics, community outreach events, children’s shelters, faith based organizations, and libraries in economically disadvantaged areas. Often with the distribution of books, we offer a supportive motivational activity and read aloud to engage young readers.


The BookSpring Read-A-Thon encourages community service and sharing the joy of book ownership with children in our community. During the two week event, children and book lovers read and collect donations based on the amount of pages read. Proceeds support BookSpring’s early literacy programs in the Greater Austin area.