Building early literacy in children and families reading together

Vision & Mission


A world of families reading and succeeding together.


BookSpring builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community.


Learn more about how BookSpring is closing the 30 million word gap in children’s inequity.

SMART Goals the Current Year

This year, our focus is getting more of the right books to the right children. Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, BookSpring aims to achieve the following milestones:

Goal: 225,000 books distributed
Achieve 225,000 books distributed, including both new and gently used. Books will be curated for overall quality, including literary value, topical relevance, reading level, target language in the home, and likelihood to engage and inspire and motivate young readers.
Last year we saw 180,851 books distributed, 12% over our goal!

Goal: 128,000 child engagements
Complete 128,000 child engagements with a focus on partner sites operating in zipcodes with the highest numbers of children living in poverty according to the U.S. Census.
Last year we had 149,666 child engagements, 30% over our goal!

Goal: 1,500 volunteer placements
Achieve 1,500 volunteer placements, both groups and individuals. Volunteer roles include sorting books, supporting motivational reading activities including reading aloud to groups of children, delivery driving, and organizational support.
Last year we made 2,816 volunteer placements, 14% over our goal!

updated as of 10/08/2018
Thanks to all of you who are a part of this work with your generous contributions of money, time, and/or books. You are making a positive difference for our collective future.


Founded as a grassroots organization in 1974, BookSpring has been providing a critical role in closing the early literacy gap ever since. Grown out of merger of the local affiliates of two nationally acclaimed literacy organizations, Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental, BookSpring became a distinctly unique non-profit in 2008. It has continued to combine the best practices of these two research-based approaches adapted to suit the specific character and needs of the people of Central Texas, and beyond. Through healthcare providers, schools, and community partners, we support over one hundred thousand child engagements with books for ownership annually. We provide tens of thousands of hours of motivational activities to children through our program partners and volunteers, increasing the parent’s awareness of the importance of reading aloud, and child’s intrinsic motivation and reading skills, and the number of books in the home. Through access to books, promotional events, and information on how to engage families in the world through written and spoken language, we aim to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Our Shared Values

As a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, inclusive organization, we value:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Education

Financials and Annual Reports

Follow this link to download our 990s, Audited Financial Statements, and our Annual Reports.