Our Mission

Connecting children with their incarcerated moms through the joy of literature.

Turning Pages…Turning Lives

Women’s Storybook Project (WSP) of Texas is a special program that helps incarcerated mothers do what moms have always done to comfort and nurture their children—read them bedtime stories, using their own voices to love, reassure, and encourage them from miles away.

WSP volunteers visit women’s prisons in Central and East Texas once a month to record mothers reading books aloud to their children. We then mail the books and CD recordings to the children, who live all over the United States.

These children are among the most at-risk populations in the United States: a child whose parent is incarcerated is six to nine times more likely to wind up in prison than a child whose parent is not incarcerated. WSP strives to change this statistic by strengthening the mother-child connection.

WSP launched in 2003 with five volunteers visiting a single correctional facility, mailing 25 packages per month. Currently, we have over 200 volunteers working in nine Texas women’s prisons, mailing 350 packages per month. Our goal is to partner with all facilities so more children, their mothers, and our communities can benefit from this simple idea with a big impact. Through turning pages, we are turning lives.

Watch the “The STORY of Storybook” video to learn how Women’s Storybook Project volunteers are transforming the lives of incarcerated women, their children and caregivers.

ICYMI: Here’s a video of the WFAA News 8 Dallas segment that aired Monday, May 7, 2018!

 

Our Impact

(2017 Stats)
  • 1,278

    Mothers who recorded stories
  • 2,530

    Children who received books
  • 2,301

    Books donated to children
  • 7,923

    Volunteer hours
  • 8

    Units

Give Now

Donating Your Dollars:

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  • $15 covers the cost of our signature book, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • $25 will cover the costs of new books, CDs, mailing envelopes, and postage for packages for two children
  • $50 will pay for gas for one month for volunteers to travel to prison facilities
  • $100 will purchase eight digital devices used to record mothers reading books
  • $400 will buy one laptop computer equipped to create CD copies of the recordings
  • No amount is too small to have a big impact!

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NEWS

  • WSP Teams Leads – Lunch and Learn Event 06/03/2018
    WSP Teams Leads – Lunch and Learn Event 06/03/2018

    Thanks to all of the WSP team leads and chairs who attended the lunch and learn event today. Our program could not be a success without the help and hard work of our volunteer...

  • Judith’s lunch at Google
    Judith’s lunch at Google

    Judith joined Katy Mitchell, WSP volunteer, and her team for lunch at Google’s new offices in downtown Austin.  Thank you, Google Team, for designing an app for Women’s Storyb...

  • Give Different on Mother’s Day!
    Give Different on Mother’s Day!

    If you would like to give to Women’s Storybook Project in honor of your own mom this Mother’s Day, you may do so here: A $25 donation will cover the cost of...

 

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