Reading Rock Stars!


About the Program

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 a set of books is also given to the school library.


Since the inception of the program, the Texas Book Festival has donated more than 72,000 books to students in Title I schools.

 Want to bring Reading Rock Stars to your school?

The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, and Houston. Title I eligibility means that at least 50% of children in the school’s population qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Rio Grande Valley: PDF Application | Word Doc Application

Applications for Rio Grande Valley now available through September 23, 2016. Download an application today. 

Houston: Applications for Houston are closed.

Austin: Applications for Austin are now closed until Spring 2018.


For information on applying to Reading Rock Stars or financially supporting the expansion of the program, contact the Texas Book Festival office at (512) 477-4055 or email Kendall Miller at