AUSTIN, Texas - Austin-based children's book subscription service Literati and BookSpring, a nonprofit aimed at building literacy skills and motivating reading, have teamed up so that kids who need books will be able to have them throughout the summer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BookSpring has shifted its delivery models to create new ways in which kids in Central Texas can get books. One way is through the BookSpring Delivered program. The program ships books in a package with tips and online resources to increase reading at home. Parents and caregivers are invited to opt-in to periodic text messages with tips, suggested activities, and links to additional reading resources on the BookSpring website.
Literati has been able to donate 18,000 books directly to BookSpring this year thanks to donations collected from its customers and a warehouse surplus. Most of those books will be distributed through the BookSpring Delivered program.
“No matter where you live, every kid deserves a chance to cozy up in a nook with a good book. Literacy is a fundamental human right,” says Vanessa Castañeda, Partnerships Manager at Literati, in a news release. “Just one book can ignite the imagination and open the door to new adventures, new possibilities, new opportunities in life. We’re incredibly proud to partner with BookSpring to make sure that kids in Central Texas can have books of their own.”
BookSpring used Literati donations to supply the Junior League of Austin’s Food In Tummies program with books that were delivered via the Del Valle ISD meal distribution program and the YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Literati has donated more than 30,000 books to the Austin community.
“As a locally-based start-up company with a greater social mission, we are grateful for Literati’s support to help us get books to families,” said Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director of Bookspring. “It’s critical that all children and families have access to books and materials that are not only skill-building, but intended to bring joy, curiosity, and inspire meaningful interactions with one another.”
You can get more information about Literati on its website.