Books Connect Texans
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 through Real Reads, Reading Rock Stars, and Texas Library Grants. Schedule your donation to the Texas Book Festival through Amplify Austin!
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.
Reading Rock Stars
Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 131,900 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, Houston, and Aldine. 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. Watch this Reading Rock Stars video to learn more about the program!
Texas Public Library Grants
The Texas Book Festival was founded in part to support Texas libraries as invaluable community resources. 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.
Schedule your donation at https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!