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Staff Spotlight: Ana Krueger, Administrative Assistant

Staff Spotlight: Ana Krueger, Administrative Assistant

What is your job title at BookSpring and what does it mean to you? My role as an Administrative Assistant is to act as support for the Development and Finance departments as well as our Board of Directors. The nature of my role is to be flexible with the growing ...
Reading Milestones: Honoring Achievements and Fostering a Love for Reading

Reading Milestones: Honoring Achievements and Fostering a Love for Reading

Why Celebrate Reading Milestones? Reading milestones are important moments to acknowledge and celebrate within a family. Recognizing and rewarding reading accomplishments not only provides a sense of achievement but also reinforces the joy and value of reading. In this article, we will explore the significance of celebrating reading milestones and ...
Staff Spotlight: Idali Reyes, Partner Manager

Staff Spotlight: Idali Reyes, Partner Manager

What is your job title at BookSpring and what does it mean to you? My role as a Partner Manager at BookSpring means a commitment to building and nurturing meaningful relationships with our partners, who include various organizations, schools, and agencies throughout Texas who share our vision of building early ...
Young Philanthropists Anushka and Caroline: Making a Big Impact

Young Philanthropists Anushka and Caroline: Making a Big Impact

Two young souls are making a big difference in the world of literacy. Anushka Godambe, a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, has spearheaded book drives for BookSpring, donating an incredible 25,000+ books over four years. Meanwhile, Caroline Masterson recently completed her own book drive for her Eaglescout ...
Books Beginning at Birth Program Celebrates Progress

Books Beginning at Birth Program Celebrates Progress

Aug 1, 2023 - In the past year, the Books Beginning at Birth program, offered in collaboration with BookSpring and the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC), has made significant strides in promoting literacy and early childhood development across various communities. Through its initiatives, the program has ...
BookSpring Recommends BookSmart by Worldreader App

BookSpring Recommends BookSmart by Worldreader App

BookSpring staff recommends BookSmart, as a groundbreaking solution to tackle the global learning crisis. With the alarming statistic that 64% of 10-year-olds worldwide struggle to read and comprehend a simple story, BookSmart aims to bridge this gap by providing children with the necessary tools to cultivate a lifelong reading habit ...
BookSpring Honored to be in the top Three Finalists for Ethics Award

BookSpring Honored to be in the top Three Finalists for Ethics Award

In the vibrant Central Texas business community, there exists a shared belief that doing good is not only virtuous but also essential for sustainable growth and prosperity. RecognizeGood's prestigious Ethics in Business Award program embodies this philosophy, aiming to illuminate and honor businesses, individuals, and nonprofits that prioritize ethical practices ...
St. Andrew's Book Drive Teaches Giving and Love of Reading

St. Andrew’s Book Drive Teaches Giving and Love of Reading

Book Drives Give Back At St. Andrew's Episcopal School, students recently learned about the importance of giving back through a BookSpring Book Drive. The drive was a huge success, with students donating over 2,000 books to the cause. But the drive was about more than just collecting books - it ...
Staff Spotlight:  Bianca Paz-Cisneros, Director of Development and Public Relations

Staff Spotlight: Bianca Paz-Cisneros, Director of Development and Public Relations

What is your job title at BookSpring and what does it mean to you? As the Director of Development and Public Relations, I feel like it’s my job to make sure that we have enough funding for all of the programs and books we need to fulfill our mission. It ...
Empowering Children to Learn about Other Races

Empowering Children to Learn about Other Races

The Power of Diverse Books In recent times, discussions about the importance of diverse books have gained significant attention. Amidst the controversies surrounding the teaching of critical race theory in schools, it is vital to understand the value that diverse books bring to children's education. While headlines may focus on ...
Print-to-Speech and Speech-to-Print: Mapping Early Literacy

Print-to-Speech and Speech-to-Print: Mapping Early Literacy

By: Jeannine Herron, et al. In this overview, learn how early literacy benefits from both print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction, creating connections in the brain that link new knowledge about the alphabet to what children already know and are continuously learning about words. Introduction Recently there have been many discussions among ...
Sarah Hill holding a book at BookSpring

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Hill, Accounting Manager

What is your job at BookSpring? I’m the Accounting Manager, so I handle the financial books and assist with fundraising and donor relations and data. What do you like about your job at BookSpring? When I first applied at BookSpring, I was fresh out of college and trying to figure ...
Father and baby reading

Reading to Children and Post-Reading Activities

By: María José Meneses, Originally published in Porch.com Parents and other family members can enhance the benefits kids can obtain by complementing reading with a few related activities. While you might think that school teachers have plenty of time for these types of activities, the truth is that there often isn’t ...
Staff Spotlight:  Jimmy Minter, Operations Manager

Staff Spotlight: Jimmy Minter, Operations Manager

What is your job at BookSpring? I’m BookSpring’s Operations Manager. That means I have a uniquely diversified role. I manage all of our operations from onboarding new staff, to coordinating our university work studies and AmeriCorps programs, to the maintenance and care of our brand-new facility! What do you like ...
Read Aloud Guide

Read Aloud Tips from Reading Is Fundamental

BookSpring is proud that our roots come from Reading Is Fundamental, the national program headquartered in Washington DC.  In addition to being a continuing funder to BookSpring through the Books for Ownership programs, they watch news and trends, such as The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which showed recently ...
Books Begining at Birth Partnerships with Early Educators

Books Beginning at Birth: A New Partnership for Birth to Age 4

Books Beginning at Birth Program for Texas Families Early childhood programs have long-lasting impacts on children, families, and broader communities. The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) and BookSpring launched the Books Beginning at Birth program to ensure more families are empowered and motivated to read together ...
Mother with a tablet

Tips for Reading Together with Your Young Child Using a Digital Device

Embracing the Digital Age In this rapidly evolving digital age, it is only natural that technology has become an integral part of our lives, including the way we engage with books and stories. As parents, it is important to strike a balance between traditional and digital forms of reading, ensuring ...
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Learn All About BookSpring’s New Home

It's official!  BookSpring has moved our headquarters to a new location in South Austin, 1807 W. Slaughter Lane, Building #1.  Come visit us M-F, between 10-4, or sign up to volunteer in our new space or at our warehouse on Rutland Drive. NOTE:  Our new mailing address is BookSpring, PO ...
Program Associate Jessy helps students choose books at Wooten Summer Success.

Summer Success 2022 Program Recap

Summer Success 2022 Program Recap This May, BookSpring visited six campuses in three Central Texas cities—Austin, Del Valle, and Pflugerville—and distributed over 4,500 books to 564 elementary students through our Summer Success Program. The program serves first and second graders enrolled in Title I schools and provides each child with ...
Dig Into Reading Event Celebrates BookSpring Friends & Funders

Dig Into Reading Event Celebrates BookSpring Friends & Funders

Despite an unexpected but welcome Spring rain storm, about 35 supporters and friends of BookSpring gathered to celebrate early literacy enrichment with the theme, "Dig into Reading." Held at the eclectic Sparky Pocket Park pavilion in Central Austin, there was just enough room inside and on the porch for everyone ...
Barbara Mott, Librarian at Rodriguez Elementary

Partner Spotlight: Barbara Mott, Rodriguez Elementary School

In April, the Rodriguez Elementary library magically morphed into a science lab equipped with safety goggles, experiment materials, and an in-house scientist. The librarian, Ms. Mott, was mysteriously absent, and her cousin, Dr. Stein, had taken over. Dr. Stein instructed them to place their hands on the scanner when students ...
Books for Me Partner- Perez Elementary Camp Reads A lot

Partner Spotlight: Perez Elementary School

Partner Spotlight is on Perez Elementary School. With BookSpring’s Books for Me program this month, Perez Elementary librarian Randi Sather transformed her library into a picturesque, serene campsite. I got the chance to visit Ms. Sather on two event days. On the first day, she took her first and second ...
Family reading under a blanket

Making Reading Interactive: Techniques to Enhance the Reading Experience for the Whole Family

Let's Read a Book Together! Reading is not just a solitary activity; it can be a wonderful opportunity for families to bond, learn, and grow together. By incorporating interactive reading techniques, families can make the reading experience more engaging and enjoyable. In this article, we will explore various methods such ...
Reflections on Seven Years as Executive Director

Reflections on Seven Years as Executive Director

February 25th marks my employment anniversary as Executive Director of BookSpring, which started in 2015. As my motto is “Follow compassion, lead with reflection, and serve with commitment,” I’d like to take this time to share some of the triumphs and learning moments observed during this relatively brief time of ...
Christmas & Hanukkah - A Time of Stories

Christmas & Hanukkah – A Time of Stories

Stories from Two World Traditions Two of America's biggest holidays happen this month: Hanukkah and Christmas. While I've been celebrating and watching people celebrate these holidays all my life, it came to my attention recently that I have no idea where these traditions came from. So I did a little ...
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Holiday Book Reviews

'Tis the season for reading! The holiday break is a great opportunity for kids to kick back and relax. What better way to relax than by curling up with a good book every night! Our volunteers shared some of their top children’s book recommendations for kids 3-8 years old. Olaf's ...
Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Porch.com recently reached out for advice from experts, like BookSpring, to provide book lovers with tips on various topics. This is an excerpt from the article written by Lorena Romo. Every book lover will agree that reading not only brings you lots of benefits, but it can take you to ...
mother and baby reading together

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 parent and caregiver-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term. Steps to create a reader-friendly environment that inspires ...
Booktoberfest Champions Event

Booktoberfest Champions Event

Booktoberfest Champions Event celebrated families, individuals, or organizations that have supported BookSpring with either a cumulative annual gift of over $1,000 or have given $5,000 over a lifetime. These dedicated individuals have made early childhood literacy a priority, and for that, we like to take time twice a year to ...
Fall Day of Caring Books

Fall Day of Caring supports the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

Fall Day of Caring Fall Day of Caring is a day that embraces and celebrates volunteerism through a day of service hosted by United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX). Corporate volunteer teams, individuals from the community, and organizations like BookSpring can participate. This year's Fall Day of Caring benefited members ...
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