Reading Rock Stars!

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

Meet Students and Authors!


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. Applications are now closed  for all locations.

-Applications for Austin will go up in Spring 2015.

-Applications for Rio Grande Valley will go up in Winter 2014.

-Applications for Houston are now closed. Schools will be contacted in late May/early June.

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


Support & Sponsors

Originally created to serve children in the Austin area, the Reading Rock Stars program has grown to serve 12 schools and over 7,000 students annually in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley, with support from HEB, The Wright Family Foundation, the Tapestry Foundation, the ECG Foundation, Target, and other generous individuals. Learn more about the impact of RRS in 2013 and plans to expand the program in Texas.



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