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Day of Sales at BookPeople

    Hello again, book lovers! We have great news about an upcoming event that will help you fill up some of the empty space on your bookshelf (or nightstand, if your shelf is full like ours), and will also support the Texas Teen Book Festival. Here’s what’s happening: On Tuesday, August 16, BookPeople will […]

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10 Independent Bookstores to Check Out While on Vacation

Are you interested in doing more than the average sightseer on your next vacation? Are you like the rest of us at Texas Book Festival and want to test just how many new books you can fit in your luggage? Then check out some of the best independent bookstores in popular vacation spots for your next […]

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Your Guide to Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties Around Texas

As all Harry Potter fanatics know, the long awaited script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being released July 31 (Harry’s birthday!). As all Harry Potter fanatics also know, there’s no better way to celebrate a new HP book than a midnight release party at your local bookstore. Luckily for us, bookstores around the country are all […]

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2016 Author Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce sixteen of the authors who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 5 and 6 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2016 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the heart of Texas as we […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Announces 2016 Keynotes!

    Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2016 keynote speakers! Get excited for bestselling authors Laini Taylor (Strange in the Dreamer) and Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)! Check out the full announcement over on the TTBF blog. Stay tuned for plenty more news to come about this year’s Texas Teen Book Festival! Join the […]

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Día: An Interview with Pat Mora

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 […]

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Rolling Out the Big Red Carpet for Authors

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 […]

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TBF’s Favorite Books of 2015 (and Gift Guide!)

We asked our staff, board members, and friends to weigh in on the favorite books they read in 2015, and to share which books they’ll be giving as gifts this holiday season. Many of us struggled to narrow it down, but at long last, we settled on our one favorite read (or two, or three, or […]

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The Fantastic Kent Cummins

“The Fantastic Kent Cummins” and “The Amazing Adele” will bring the Austin Public Library Celebrity READ poster to life in this action-packed magic show that celebrates reading. They call their program, “The Magic of Books.” Souvenirs will be available to buy after the show. Check out Kent Cummins at the Children’s Entertainment Tent at 10 […]

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Music at the Festival

A Festival in Austin needs music, and this year we have an excellent lineup of live music and books about music. Local musicians, authors, and rock legends will be at the Festival on stage and in sessions. Welcome to Austin, Live Music Capital of the World!   Music Connections From Katheryn Russell Brown’s children’s book Little […]

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El día de los niños, el día de los libros

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 […]

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Happy Holidays, Happy Reading

With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that the holidays are here. Looking to for some literary entertainment for the little ones? Austin: Check out BookPeople’s storytime Christmas Classics on December 23, featuring a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah Storytime on December 14, […]

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Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

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 […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Sixteen poised, enthusiastic readers from Forest North Elementary School took to the stage at the 2014 Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 to announce the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Congratulations to all of the nominees! The announcement of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards, which is a master list of 20 excellent books for readers in grades 3-6, […]

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Music highlights at the Fest

Music highlights at the Texas Book Festival: live performances, authors, sessions, and more It’s no secret that music and writing go hand-in-hand. A great song is remembered not only because of the music, but because it tells a great story. Music is mankind’s universal language, after all. For this reason—and of course the fact that the […]

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Family Fun at the Book Fest

For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more […]

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Are you a Texas Book Festival expert?

Test your knowledge of the Texas Book Festival with this fun trivia challenge. It’s harder than you think, so don’t feel bad if you only know a handful of the answers—you may learn something new! Who were the founders of the Texas Book Festival? Can you name three headliners from the 2013 Festival? What is […]

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The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, May 9 at 6:30 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center. May 9 was Willie Velasquez Day! In honor of this civil rights hero, the Texas Book Festival was proud to co-sponsor a free presentation of Barbara Renaud Gonzalez’s interactive children’s book with […]

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Día de los niños

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 […]

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Recap: Reading Rock Stars Rio Grande Valley

Reading Rock Stars in the Rio Grande Valley was a huge success this year. In one school, children made puppets of rabbits and coyotes (Duncan Tonatiuh’s Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote). In another, halls were decorated with children’s art and writing projects tied to the authors’ books, brightly displaying everything from photos of 4th and 5th graders cracking […]

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Shopping for a Cause

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 […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award list announced

The 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award list was announced in hilarious fashion at the Texas Book Festival by 2013 Festival authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Congratulations to all of the nominees!   For those of you who missed the hysterical announcement at the Texas Book Festival, click here to watch the video.    The entire Texas Bluebonnet […]

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Family fun at the Festival!

There’s so much free fun for families at the Festival—stories read by the authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, sing-a-longs, and more. Children’s and YA book authors and programming highlights include R.L. Stine, author of the famed Goosebumps series, with his new scary YA book A Midsummer’s Night Scream, Lemony Snicket (All the […]

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What I’m Reading: Michael Fracasso, Festival Musician

I played a gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City recently where I had my first gig in 1979 and was part of the village folk scene that culminated in a recording, The Songwriters Exchange (1981 – Stash Records). After the show, the owner Robin Hirsch wanted to trade books: my cookbook […]

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Coming to the Fest: Entertainment for the All Ages

The Children’s Entertainment Tent (on west Capitol driveway near Colorado St.) features a grab bag of musicians and performers from Austin and beyond. Veteran magician Kent Cummins wows with a motivational show Saturday from 10 am-11 am. Directly following that the Biscuit Brothers, known for their Emmy-award winning Austin-based television show, come back to the […]

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Lit Crawl! R.L. Stine Spooks at the Texas State Cemetery

Bestselling Midsummer Night’s Scream author R.L. Stine joins up with Good Night Zombie (Scary Tales) author James Preller for a Lit Crawl event that will give you goosebumps. Creep over to the cemetery for Ghosts in the Graveyard, and bring a flashlight! Where: Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St.) When: Saturday, October 26 8:00 – […]

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Children’s Chapter Area Sponsored by HEB

Sponsored by HEB, the Children’s Chapter Area is the perfect place to introduce your kids to the magic of discovering books through story readings, storytime characters, and fun activities.

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