When you own the book, you own success.

Literacy research reports that having 20 or more books at home is a significant indicator of three more years of education for a child. Yet, a quarter of Central Texas families with children under 12 report having fewer than 20 books at home according to BookSpring’s recent benchmark study. 

BookSpring, a homegrown nonprofit focused on building literacy in Central Texas families and children, envisions that every child will have at least 20 books at home by 2010.

You can be part of our “20 books by 2020” vision—in fact, we are depending on you and your family, coworkers, friends and peers to reach this lofty goal!

There are three ways you can help spread the word about “20 books by 2020” and the importance of book ownership and reading aloud as a family.


1. Invite your family, book club, company or employees to collect and share books! Bring them to BookSpring and we’ll deliver them to the kids who need them most.



Gather 20 new or gently used books to help a Central Texas child build their personal library. Then deliver your books to BookSpring (M-F between 9-5). We're at 2006 Greenbrook Pkwy, Austin, TX 78723. Thanks a bunch!



Tell your friends how easy it is to collect 20 books. Help BookSpring make "twenty books by 2020" a reality, together. Be sure to use our hashtags: #20booksby2020 #ownthebook



2.   Share your story.  What was childhood book inspired you? Tell everyone about your favorite childhood book with a video, photo or memory. Learn more. Share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to use our hashtags #20booksby2020 and #ownthebook. Have fun!

Check back soon to get inspired by our favorite Austinites sharing their favorite childhood book!

Watch all of BookSpring's #ownthebook video stories. Learn about children's books you may not have experienced and re-visit your favorites.








When you participate, BookSpring will:

  • Recognize you on this website to say thanks a bunch!
  • Share messages tagged with #20booksby2020 and #ownthebook in our social and print media.
  • Provide comprehensive annual tracking of the State of Reading in Central Texas, with a shared goal of 95% of all families having 20 books at home by the year 2020.

Share these fun reminders that "when you own the book, you own the world." Just right-click to download the image. Then share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to use our hashtags #20booksby2020 and #ownthebook. Thanks!