Posts By: Kendall

Give A Book: Lit Community Picks for 2016

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You may or may not have noticed this, but the gift giving season is here. It’s the time of Secret Santa, White Elephant, and I’m-not-sure-if-our-relationship-warrants-a-gift-but-why-not shopping trips. If you’re ever in doubt of what to give someone, why not a book? It’s a foolproof gift for just about anyone but this guy:     We […]

Meet our 2016 Houston Reading Rock Stars Authors

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The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program is a hands-on literacy initiative that sends nationally recognized authors into Title I schools in Texas to inspire young readers with dynamic presentations and send them home with the most empowering experience of all – their very own book. The Texas Book Festival funds and coordinates the author visits […]

Session Feature: Inheritance

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  Inheritance. The concept of passing on something of yourself to a future generation. But what does it mean to the receivers, to the people that are stuck with whatever lot they are given? Mitchell Jackson (The Residue Years) and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) explore these complicated ideas in their own stories, examining privilege […]

Session Feature: Places of Pen and Ink

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  As many of us know, graphic novels are so much more than just drawings in a book. Graphic novels can take us all the way back to the western plains, or even to the bustling streets of New York City. That’s what Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and Greg Ruth (Indeh) have done in their own […]

Festival Passport and Family-Friendly Fun at the Fest!

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  Join us for a weekend full of family-friendly fun! **The Festival has something for everyone!**   Travel the Festival!   Calling all kids: This year travel the Festival with your very own Festival Passport.  Passports can be printed out before the Festival or pick up your passport at the Children’s Activity Tent at the […]

Don DeLillo at the Texas Book Festival

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  Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo at this year’s Festival on Saturday, November 5! As any lover of literature knows, Don DeLillo is not a newcomer to the game. The recipient of the National Book Award (White Noise), a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (Mao II and Underworld), […]

Library Love at the 2016 TBF

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We love our Texas libraries! As a non-profit organization founded by former librarian Laura Bush, one of the main goals of the Texas Book Festival is to strengthen and support libraries across the state. Each year, we donate tens of thousands of dollars ($100,000 in 2016!) to libraries in Texas to fund their collections. This year at […]

Author K.A. Holt Talks Fiction Writing Contest

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As the Youth Fiction Contest comes to a close, we asked author K.A. Holt to write about her experience with contests. Don’t wait and enter the Fiction Contest today. Submissions close July 1, 2016.   When I was in school, I always wanted to enter contests. Writing contests, art contests, speech contests, acting contests. I […]

2016 Texas Book Festival Poster Revealed

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“Why we was up so high you could see the whole World stretching out all around you…” – The Devil’s Backbone We’re thrilled to reveal the official 2016 Texas Book Festival poster. This year’s poster art was selected in honor of Jack Unruh, the legendary Texas artist and illustrator who passed away in May 2016. Unruh’s iconic […]

Summer Reading List: Children’s Lit

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Here are some of our summer reading picks for children’s literature. These picture books are sure to keep your little one entertained throughout the summer. Middle grade and YA summer reading picks are forthcoming, so stay tuned!   Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by […]

Texas Teen Book Festival 2016 Lineup

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The FULL Texas Teen Book Festival lineup is finally here! 30 amazing YA authors for a full day of fun! Check out the full lineup here and be sure to mark those calendars for October 1st, 2016. The Texas Teen Book Festival is held at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas! Be sure to join […]

2016 Library Grant Recipients Announced

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We announced the winners of our 2015-2016 Texas Public Library Collection Enhancement Grants at the Texas Library Association conference in Houston on Thursday, April 21. Forty-four Texas public libraries received grants totaling more than $100,000. The Texas Book Festival awards grants to public libraries annually to support collection enhancement. The Festival has donated more than $2.8 million to libraries across Texas since its […]

Día: An Interview with Pat Mora

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is an annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día takes place every year on April 30 in community centers, libraries, and schools.  Look up your local Día event here. This year marks the […]

2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest

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The results are in! Last week, many of you voted for the 2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest theme through our website and social media. We are excited to announce the 2016  Youth Fiction Writing Contest theme is Note to Self. So what are you waiting for? Enter today! Entries will be accepted until July 1, 2016. Hosted […]

Rolling Out the Big Red Carpet for Authors

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On March 3-4, 2016 nine incredible authors visited the Rio Grande Valley with the Texas Book Festival to take part in the Reading Rock Stars program. The Reading Rock Stars program brings authors and illustrators to Title I elementary schools. Following the author/illustrator presentation, each child receives an autographed copy of their book, purchased by the Texas […]

Enhance Your Library

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Last year 34 libraries received more than $75,000 in grant support from the Texas Book Festival. Here’s a little snippet on how those funds were used and how five libraries enhanced their collections. The 2015-2016 cycle is open and applications must be post-marked by February 5th, 2016. Apply now!   1. Hutchinson County Library purchased 184 children’s books for their […]

2015 Reading Rock Stars Austin Recap

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The stage is set. Musical notes hang from the ceiling. A backdrop of polka dots enhances the already colorful library. A table of brand-new, autographed books sit off to the left of the stage. PreK and kindergarten students wear polka dot stickers in anticipation for Eric Litwin’s presentation of The Nuts: Sing and Dance in […]

Thanks for Attending the 20th Annual Texas Book Festival!

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    Thanks to everyone who came out for the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival! We hope you enjoyed  all the sessions and activities.     We would love to have your feedback about your Festival experience this year! Take our Festival attendee survey.   Thank you and we will post our 2016 dates later […]

Download the 2015 Mobile App

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Want to stay connected? Be sure to download the Texas Book Festival’s mobile app. Use it as your on-hand guide to sessions, exhibitors, food vendors, maps, and more! You can also see what other people are raving about via social media at the Texas Book Fest by clicking the “social” button in the app. Some […]

2015 Reading Rock Star Authors Austin

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The Texas Book Festival brings books to life for young readers through Reading Rock Stars, a dynamic program in which selected authors from across the country are invited to present their works to students in economically disadvantaged public schools. At the end of the presentations, each child receives an autographed copy of the book, and […]

Full Author Lineup Coming Soon

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Stay tuned! Check our website Thursday, September 3rd after 8:00 p.m. for the full author list. Don’t forget to join the conversation by using our hashtag: #txbookfest.

Shop at BookPeople August 24th

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Let Your Inner Book Nerd Go Wild at BookPeople on Monday, August 24th On Monday, August 24th, BookPeople will donate a percentage of sales to the Texas Teen Book Festival to help keep the Festival free and open to the public! So head on over to BookPeople and buy those books on your Goodreads list; it’s […]

The 2015 Festival Poster

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Celebrating the Culture of Literacy, Ideas, and  Imagination On Thursday, July 16th, we unveiled the official 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival poster, which features the work of artist Fatima Ronquillo. Ronquillo is a self-taught painter whose classical imagery is inspired by literature, theatre, and opera, evoking a world of serenity and charm. Her intimate works […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. Out of gift ideas?  Don’t worry, we’ve put together your shopping guide!  These 2014 Texas Book Festival author titles are sure to satisfy the dads on your list.   For the dad who thinks his top-secret BBQ rub recipe is the best: He hasn’t tried Dean Fearing’s yet. Fearing is known as the “Father […]

El día de los niños, el día de los libros

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El día de los niños, El día de los libros or Children’s Day, Book Day (also known as Día) celebrates children, families, and reading. Día is celebrated April 30th nation-wide, reinforcing the importance of literacy for children of all cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Learn more about Día. How can you celebrate Día? The American Library Association has […]

Art and Evidence of the Civil Rights Movement

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Join the LBJ library, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Briscoe Center, and the Texas Book Festival for a conversation on the civil rights movement on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Library Director Mark Updegrove will be signing copies of his new book, Destiny of Democracy . The book signing […]

Texas Teen Book Festival Announcements!

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YA fans rejoice! The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) schedule is now available! Check out the schedule here. See you September 26th at St. Edward’s University! The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, a highly anticipated annual event in the young adult literature world, drawing some […]

Down in the Valley: Reading Rock Stars Recap

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First and second grade students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary stand in line thumbing through their brand new books.  Students were just handed their very own autographed copy of I Pledge Allegiance by the authors, Libby Martinez and Pat Mora.  The kids point at the illustrations and chat with their neighbors about the book. There is a sense […]

Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, nine authors from across the country will present their works in our first annual Reading Rock Stars – Houston program! Three elementary schools in Houston will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of the author’s book. The Houston […]

Meet this year’s Reading Rock Stars-Austin Authors!

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On Friday, October 24th, the day before the Texas Book Festival Weekend, authors from across the country will present their works in our six Reading Rock Stars elementary schools in Austin, thanks to generous support from H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation, and the ECG Foundation. Each child receives an autographed copy of […]

Festival Authors on Demand

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Want more Festival authors on demand? We’ve got you covered! Check out the videos below and get to know some of our featured authors before the Fest! Experience Shannon Galpin’s inspirational work in Afghanistan in this video. Galpin works to empower women through her non-profit organization, Mountain2Mountain. You go girl!   Watch Mira Jacobs, author […]

You’re booked September 23rd!

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Who: You, yeah, you! What: Percentage of all sales benefiting the Texas Teen Book Festival  Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703 When: All day, September 23, 2014   On September 23rd, BookPeople will be donating a portion of sales to the Texas Teen Book Festival to keep the festival free and open to […]

Texas Teen Book Festival Schedule Released

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Librarian and Texas Teen Book Festival founder Heather Schubert says, “This year’s festival is THE one to attend.” Looking at the full lineup of authors and the  newly released  schedule, we couldn’t agree more! Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner; and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium […]

Volunteer at the Texas Book Festival

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Want to experience the Festival in a new way? Sign up to be a volunteer! You can volunteer a little or a lot! Don’t take our word for it though; see what our volunteers are saying: There’s many reasons why I enjoy volunteering for TBF, but I think the biggest reason is to feel the […]

Shop for a Cause – June 21 & 22

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 Thanks for coming out and shopping for our cause! June 21st and 22nd Starling Eyewear donated 15% of all sales made at their pop-up trailer at The Domain Austin (near Sur La Table) to the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars  signature literacy program. Starling Eyewear, a stylish line of readers, sun readers and sunglasses founded by husband-and-wife duo […]

What Your Child Should Read this Week

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Celebrating its 95th year on May 12-18, Children’s Book Week is one of the longest-running literacy initiatives in the United States. Children’s Book Week is administered by the organization Every Child a Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Check out celebrations near you. Don’t have time to attend an event? No problem!  Engage […]

Día de los niños

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On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Texas Book Festival and KLRU celebrated El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) at the Thinkery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The day, also known as Día, is a nationally celebrated initiative that celebrates children’s literature and diversity in language and culture. The initiative was originally implemented in […]

Texas Book Festival Announces Library Grant Recipients

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  Executive Director Lois Kim announced the Texas Book Festival library grant recipients on April 11, 2014 at the TLA conference in San Antonio. This year the Texas Book Festival granted $60,225 to Texas public libraries, for a total of over $2.6 million given since the program’s inception. Grants are given in three categories: Collection […]

Reading Rock Stars Expanding to Houston

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The Texas Book Festival is happy to announce the expansion of our Reading Rock Stars literacy outreach program to Houston! The Texas Book Festival supplies author visits and brand-new books for students!  Title-I elementary schools are eligible to apply. For more information about the program visit our Reading Rock Stars page.   Applications are now […]

Meet Our March Reading Rock Stars Authors

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On March 20th and 21st authors from across the country will present their work to students in economically-disadvantaged schools in the Edinburg, McAllen, and Mission districts of the Rio Grande Valley, with generous support from major sponsor Target. At the end of the presentations, each child will receive an autographed copy of the author’s book, […]

Pura Belpré Awards

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The Association for Library Service to Children recently recognized several Texas Book Festival authors/illustrators with the 2014 Pura Belpré  awards and honors.   Author and illustrator Yuyi Morales received the 2014 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for her book Niño Wrestles the World, which was featured in 2013 at the Festival and in the Reading Rock Stars […]

All Aboard the Award Train!

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The Texas Book Festival Celebrates the well-deserved win of our featured Festival and Reading Rock Star author/illustrator Brian Floca. Festival fans showed up in masses for his events at the 2013 Festival and our Reading Rock Star kids enjoyed his visit to their school. The Association for Library Service to Children named Brian Floca recipient […]

Shopping for a Cause

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Starling Eyewear Sample Sale raises $900 for Reading Rock Stars! On Saturday January 18th and January 25th, Starling Eyewear hosted a sample sale at their pop-up trailer at The Domain Austin. Starling donated 15% of ALL sales to the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program, raising $900 for the TBF’s signature literacy program. We want to thank everyone who […]

Help us Expand Reading Rock Stars!

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DONATE! The Pre-K students stood on their toes to reach the window. They peered through the glass trying to catch a glimpse. “There he is!” a child spoke above the whispers and giggles, “There’s my friend, Mr. Bob Shea!” Sporting unicorn- and goat-horned hats made in preparation for Bob Shea and his book, Unicorn Thinks […]

Q: What’s black, white, and red all over?

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A: The Revised Texas Book Festival Library Grants Guidelines!   Since the Texas Book Festival’s (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of the TBF’s mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the […]

Reading Rock Stars Recap

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The Pre-K students stood on their toes to reach the window. They peered through the glass trying to catch a glimpse. “There he is!” a child spoke above the whispers and giggles, “There’s my friend, Mr. Bob Shea!” Sporting unicorn- and goat-horned hats they had made in preparation for for author Bob Shea and his […]

Reading Rock Stars News

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The authors for Reading Rock Stars 2013 have been announced!  13 authors from across the country will be presenting their work to students in economically-disadvantaged schools in the Austin area. At the end of the presentations, each child will receive an autographed copy of the author’s book, and a set of books will also be […]