The Texas Book Festival Benefiting Libraries and Literacy
The Texas Book Festival (TBF) is a non-profit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses, the annual Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. In addition to the Festival weekend, the Texas Book Festival supports literary and literacy programs year-round and across Texas.
The Texas Book Festival has given more than $2.8 million in library grants, providing much-needed collections funding to libraries in every corner of the state.
This inspiring literacy outreach program has brought tens of thousands of books to life for children in Title I elementary schools. The TBF brings award-winning and bilingual children’s authors into schools for presentations and donates a new, autographed copy of the author’s book to each child as well as a complete set of all participating authors’ books to the school’s library.
The Annual Youth Fiction Writing Contest for middle and high school students encourages youths to keep reading and writing during these important developmental years. The contest includes cash prizes and the opportunity to participate on an official panel at the Texas Book Festival.
The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The TTBF started as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009 with a gathering at Westlake High School that hosted 16 authors and 500 attendees. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival and is currently a collaboration of the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, and a dedicated group of librarian volunteers. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward’s University.