Launched in November 2018 with a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF), the Texas BookShare Project aims to provide children and families in underserved areas with the knowledge needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. A collaboration between Bell County Medical Society Alliance, nonprofit organization The Leaders Readers Network, and Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center, the project tasked physicians to "prescribe" books to their young patients during their annual visits. The books are offered in both English and Spanish and in a variety of age groups. Topics are focused on building healthy habits, such as the importance of physical activity, growing fruits and vegetables, and maintaining a healthy diet. To date, Texas BookShare has provided 800 health-related books to children in Central Texas.
The success of the Texas BookShare project lies in the power of collaboration. Alliance chapters come together with county medical societies, local clinics, and community organizations to market and launch the event, add personalized messages inside each book, and distribute the books to children during and after the launch event.
For 2021, thanks to a generous grant from TMAF, TMAA has funds to help start 5 new BookShare programs or match funds for existing programs. If you are interested in founding a program, use the button below to fill out the form and TMAA staff will get back to you soon.