Born to Read - Raising a Generation of Readers

by San Antonio Public Library Foundation
Jul 9, 2012

BIG News!!

Greetings and Salutations, Born to Read supporters! Thank you for your help in our effort to equip Bexar County families to successfully promote reading in the home beginning at birth. I am so excited to be the bearer of EXCITING news!! But first, let me take the time to thank both our new and long-time donors for their support of the Born to Read program.  We want you to know that we appreciate every single donation we receive! There are many projects worthy of funding and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation staff and volunteers are grateful for your investment and strive to make your money work as hard as they can toward eliminating illiteracy. Maya Angelou best expressed why the Born to Read program is so important to us when she said:

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou 

I want to share with you something that we at The Library Foundation are extremely proud of! Our book, 1, 2, 3, Si! won second place in the International Latino Book Awards for 2012 for Best Educational Children’s Book, English Division!! 

Also, 2012 promises to continue to bring BIG things for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation!  The Library Foundation organized a partnership with the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and Trinity University Press to publish a bilingual board book series dubbed Arte Kids.  The Library Foundation continuously looks for ways to keep the program fresh and interesting for all who participate.  

Approximately every two years the Library Foundation changes the book titles in the Born to Read bags to ensure that families with more than one child receive a variety of books through the program.  While looking for a new title the committee came across the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board book My First ABC and fell in love with it.  Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a segment or detail of a painting. Each page is a colorful artistic treasure with wonderful images printed on sturdy boards for small hands to explore repeatedly.  The group soon learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had expanded the concept and had created additional books for teaching babies shapes and numbers. 

In a discussion with SAMA, a committee member suggested the idea of creating our community’s own numbers, colors, animals and shapes board book series using art pieces from SAMA as the images for the book.  The partners jumped at this idea, as it made perfect sense to introduce Bexar County newborns to basic concepts featuring works of art in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection.  Not only would the books strive to instill a love of reading in our community’s children, but these books would foster a love of art by providing images of masterpieces that families can see in their hometown.  

This new board book series ties nicely into the Library Foundation’s Born to Read program, and with the publishing of the first book – 1, 2, 3, Si – San Antonio newborns will have this representing the bilingual book in their Born to Read literacy bag which is distributed annually through the hospital systems in Bexar County.
The next two books - Colores Everywhere and Hello Circulos – are slated to be published by October 2012.  The fourth book relating to animals will publish and release in January 2013.  There are discussions between the SAPLF, SAMA and Trinity Press to expand beyond the four slated for this first series to include outdoors, body, transportation, black and white, and ABC.  Details and funding are still being finalized.  

So again, thank you so much for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at

Read on my friends!



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San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Location: San Antonio, TX - USA
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San Antonio Public Library Foundation
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TaMara Simon
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