Help us inspire Texans of all ages to love reading!
The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin to help fund our year-round literary programs. We strive every day to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, from the YA fans at the Texas Teen Book Festival, to Title I public elementary schools students, to readers at rural libraries, to the 50,000 attendees at the annual Festival. Schedule your donation to the Texas Book Festival through Amplify Austin!
What is the Texas Book Festival doing in Austin and Texas?
The newest literacy program for the Texas Book Festival, Real Reads brings critically acclaimed and popular YA authors like Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Nic Stone to middle- and high-schools students. Not only do the students get their own new, hardcover copies of the books, but they get to meet the authors! These students participate in a book club curriculum leading up to the Texas Teen Book Festival or Festival Weekend, where they get a private session with the author to ask ALL their questions. Real Reads is in Austin and Dallas, for now!
Reading Rock Stars
Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 105,000 books in Title I public elementary schools. The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. More than a one-day author visit, we work with schools ahead of time with curriculum guides, follow-up to determine impact, and commit to each school for three year. For many children, this is the first book they will own, which can make all the difference. Reading Rock Stars video.
Texas Teen Book Festival
This year marks the eleventh year of the Texas Teen Book Festival! This unique Festival features critically acclaimed YA authors such as Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and many more! The free, one-day Festival welcomes more than 5,000 enthusiastic readers to a welcoming and safe space to meet their favorite authors, discover new books, and feel at home with fellow young readers. Many come in literary costumes, and spend the entire day with their friends at panels programmed specifically for this audience. Encouraging the joy of reading at this age is so important! Check out this cool TTBF video!
Texas Public Library Grants
The Texas Book Festival was founded in part to support Texas libraries as invaluable community resources. In 2018, we awarded $100,000 in collection enhancement grants to 48 libraries across Texas. With these crucial funds, libraries purchase the books needed by their unique community, whether large-print books, bilingual board books, or just new fiction. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,169 grants totaling over $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state.
Last but certainly not least, the annual Festival Weekend! In 2019 the Festival will be on October 26 & 27, in and around the Texas State Capitol. This free literary event features more than 275 authors and welcomes more than 50,000 attendees to attend panel discussions, meet authors, and enjoy downtown Austin with other readers. The Kids on Congress, YA HQ, and Next Chapter tents make this a perfect weekend destination for families. The C-Span Tent, Texas Tent, Latinx Lit Tent, and many more venues provide a range of programming for everyone. Check out some Festival highlights!
Schedule your donation at https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!