Join the Texas Tamale Company for the

3rd Annual Literacy in the Bag Book Drive

Benefiting: Literacy in Houston

Supported by our literacy partners, this exciting event will continue to foster and promote literacy in Houston’s children and adults. On Saturday December 2nd, homes in the Heights and Spring Branch area will receive a book donation bag. Please drop your new or gently used books in the bag and place them on your porch the following weekend. Our team of volunteers will pick up books between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Heights and Spring Branch area on Saturday December 9th. Children’s books will be distributed to Title I elementary and middle schools. Adult books will be donated to The Friends of the Houston Public Library to give back to the community.

33% of the Houston Population is illiterate.


Since 2010 we’ve seen a 9% drop in reading for

pleasure in children.


National crime rates correlate with low

literacy skills.


85 percent of juveniles who interact with the

court system are functionally illiterate.


Children should be read to from birth.

1 in 5 Houston-area adults are functionally illiterate.



#1 Predictor in Frequent Readers: Finding Books they Love.



An important part of brain development occurs during the first 3 years of life, and reading enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills.



Reading aloud to child with restricted online time is connected to a child’s love for reading.

Statistics provided by Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Scholastic and American Academy of Pediatrics

Did you know?

By the time a child reaches the 4th grade, if they have not found a book they love, their chances of reading in the future drastically decrease.

  • See the Top 10 Picture Books

    1.       Where the Wild Things Are

    2.       The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    3.       The Giving Tree

    4.       Green Eggs and Ham

    5.       Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

    6.       If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    7.       The Day the Crayons Quit

    8.       The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

    9.       The Cat in the Hat

    10.     Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

  • See the Top 10 Chapter Books

    1.       Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    2.       Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    3.       The Lightning Thief

              (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    4.       The Hunger Games

    5.       Holes

    6.       Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    7.       The Adventures of Captain Underpants

    8.       Charlotte’s Web

    9.       The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    10.      A Wrinkle in Time

How Chase fell in love with reading.

When Chase was in 4th grade he participated in a book exchange and was given a copy of, The Lightning Thief, a popular book from the Percy Jackson Series. He attributes that book to his new found love for reading and later sparked his interest in writing and acting. Reading opened up the door to his imagination. Like Chase, most kids who become avid readers often give credit to one book that changed their mind about reading. Chase now thinks, "Reading is cool."

Listen to Chase tell it

"My grandfather was raised on a small farm in northern Canada, but used World War I as a means of joining the Royal Canadian Air Force and becoming a decorated war hero. He then became a teacher of aeronautics and was a huge supporter of reading and learning. He was my hero growing up. His three children became a notable physicist, a world renowned geologist, and my mother who gave up her career as a paleontologist to raise her kids.


My grandfather used to go to a local used bookstore in Santa Barbara, where he ran a small lemon and avocado grove, to buy paperback books by the yard so his grandchildren would read them while spending most summers at the farm. The system worked very well, because that crop of grandchildren grew up and produced six master’s degrees and three doctoral degrees. The one grandchild who did not get at least a master’s degree got his bachelor’s degree and became an air traffic controller."


-Read Boles, President of Texas Tamale Company

Help Support Texas Tamale Company’s Passion for Literacy

#1 The Heights


#2 Spring Branch




Neighborhood Library Book Collection Bins


9002 Kingspoint Dr, Houston, TX 77075


4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006


2510 Willowick Rd, Houston, TX 77027

Oak Forest

1349 W 43rd St, Houston, TX 77018

Missed the pickup? The following locations will have a collection bin to drop off your book donations. Check the library website for business hours.


1302 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008


2510 Willowick Rd, Houston, TX 77027

Spring Branch (Ring)

8835 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055







Contact Loralie Barber