Building early literacy in children and families by 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 

We envision a day when we can fully saturate all the need with at least 3 books a year to the 80,000 children living in poverty in our region.

Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, BookSpring aims to achieve the following milestones:

Goal: 193,518 books distributed
Achieve 193,518 books distributed, including both new, like new, and gently used conditions. 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.

Goal: 140,518 child attendance
Engage 140,518 children in attendance at BookSpring supported events with a focus on partner sites operating in zipcodes with the highest numbers of children living in poverty according to the U.S. Census.

Goal: 2,000 volunteer placements

Achieve 2,000 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.

updated as of 11/6/2019

Your Part

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.