The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin to help fund our full array of literary programs. We strive every day to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, from the YA fans at the Texas Teen Book Festival, to Title I public elementary schools students, to readers at rural libraries, to the 50,000 attendees at the annual Festival. Schedule your donation to the Texas Book Festival through Amplify Austin!
What is the Texas Book Festival doing around Austin and Texas?
Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 85,000 books in Title I public elementary schools through more than 370 author visits. The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. More than a one day author visit, we work with schools ahead of time with curriculum guides, follow-up to determine impact, and commit to each school for three year. For many children, this is the first book they will own, which can make all the difference.
Texas Teen Book Festival
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Texas Teen Book Festival! Held at St. Edward’s University, this unique Festival features critically acclaimed Y.A. authors such as Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and many more! The free, one-day Festival welcomes more than 5,000 enthusiastic readers to a welcoming and safe space to meet their favorite authors, discover new books, and feel at home with fellow young readers. Many come in literary costumes, and spend the entire day with their friends at panels programmed specifically for this audience. Encouraging the joy of reading at this age is so important!
Texas Public Library Grants
The Texas Book Festival was founded in part to support Texas libraries as invaluable community resources. In 2017, we awarded $100,000 in collection enhancement grants to 44 libraries across Texas. With these crucial funds, libraries purchase the books needed by their unique community, whether large-print books, bilingual board books, or just new fiction. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,121 grants totaling nearly $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state. Applications for 2018 library grants will be accepted until February 2, 2018.
The Fresh Ink Fiction Contest encourages creative writing in Texas schools. Middle and high school Texas students are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Each year the Festival provides a unique theme. In 2017 the theme was “Funny Running Into You Here.” Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12 and are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.
Last but certainly not least, the annual Festival Weekend! In 2018 the Festival will be on October 27 & 28, in and around the Texas State Capitol. This free literary event features more than 250 authors and welcomes more than 50,000 attendees to attend panel discussions, meet authors, and enjoy downtown Austin with other readers. Kids on Congress, a YA HQ, and Next Chapter middle grade tent make this a perfect weekend destination for families. The C-Span Tent, Texas Tent, Ahora Si Tent, and many more venues provide a range of programming for everyone.
Schedule your donation at https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!