The past few weeks with Bookspring have been a blast! Bookspring is an organization that distributes books to children in Central Texas. Their current goal is to get 20 books into every household by 2020, and I encourage every one to pitch in to help them meet that goal. Research shows that having 20 books in the home is a big indicator of future academic success, which is why Bookspring’s mission is so important. Find more about Bookspring here: www.bookspring.org
I recently helped out with a Literacy Night event at Norman Simms Elementary, handing out books and organizing word activities alongside my mother, Nelissa, and fellow volunteer Toni O'Dowd. The kids were so fun, and I had a great time meeting them and learning about their interests. (Star Wars books were in high demand!)
I also organized a book drive at my school, and partnered with TexHomes Realty. In the end we collected about 300 books to donate to Bookspring! This is a great time to donate books, because towards the beginning of the school year there is a high demand, and Bookspring and similar organizations run low on books to give. (See picture below of empty shelves at Bookship HQ.)
If you’re interested in fantasy chapter books for middle or elementary grades, make sure to check out my latest article for Bookspring, Escape Into A World of Fantasy, highlighting a few of my favorites.
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.