The program grew from a collaboration between Bell County Medical Society Alliance, The Leaders Readers Network nonprofit, and Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center, tasking physicians to “prescribe” books on healthy living topics to their young patients during well-checks. Texas BookShare has grown to nine Texas counties, with more than 6,200 Texas children having received a book since 2021.
The success of Texas BookShare lies in the power of collaboration. Alliance chapters and county medical societies join with a local health clinic or physician to distribute books to patients in underserved areas. The host groups work together to market and launch the local project – and write personalized messages inside each book. Physician hosts who treat children can have their own book distribution or collaborate with one who does.
Start-up is FREE for TMA Alliance chapters, county medical societies, and TMA physician members. First-time hosts receive $2,000 worth of books for different age groups, available in English and Spanish. Topics focus on healthy habits, such as staying active, growing a garden, and eating healthy foods. Renewing participants receive $1,500 in books, $1,000 from TMA with a $500 contribution.
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“Children, their families, and caregivers received nearly 400 books through Cook Children’s neighborhood clinics and a nearby elementary school where since 2012, fewer than one in four students have been able to read at grade level in third grade. This is heartbreaking and indefensible. We have so much work to do.”
-Robert Rogers, MD, Fort Worth
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Texas BookShare is funded in 2023 by TMA Foundation with generous support from donors to the TMAA Holiday Sharing Card.
Got BookShare questions? Call or email the Knowledge Center.
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