Lit Blog: Reading Rock Stars

Reading Rock Stars Houston Authors

We are excited to announce our new schools for Reading Rockstars Houston! The 2017 schools are Blackshear, Cunningham, Kashmere Garden, and Port Houston. Every school is a Title I public elementary school, and the program has been made possible with the incredible work from the classroom teachers and school librarian. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading […]

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Reading Rock Stars Austin 2017

It’s time for another round of Reading Rock Stars in Austin! The Texas Book Festival brings books to life through Reading Rock Stars, a program that brings author and illustrators from across the country into Title I schools to present their picture books and novels. After each presentation, every single student receives a copy of the presenting […]

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Shop for a Cause – June 21 & 22

 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 […]

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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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Reading Rock Stars Expanding to Houston

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 […]

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Meet Our March Reading Rock Stars Authors

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, […]

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Pura Belpré Awards

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 […]

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All Aboard the Award Train!

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 […]

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Help us Expand Reading Rock Stars!

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 […]

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Reading Rock Stars Recap

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 […]

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