Morning Glories: Storytime with Nicholas Solis

Join us on Tuesday, September 20, at 10:00 a.m. as the Texas Book Festival partners with Waterloo Greenway to kick off their fall Morning Glories series. Morning Glories is a free early childhood education series that provides hands-on activities and programs focusing on literacy, bilingual storytelling, music and dance workshops, cultural learnings, and nature play.

Don’t miss this outdoor storytime with Austin author Nicholas Solis and his presentation of his new book, My Town / Mi Pueblo. This event will take place on the Meredith Heritage Tree Deck at 1301 Trinity St. We hope to see you there!


Logo - Waterloo Greenway

2022 Texas Library Grant Recipients

Texas Book Festival is proud to support the work of libraries and librarians across the state to promote literacy and foster a love of reading in their communities. With funding focused on collection enhancement, libraries are able to add books and resources that meet the needs and interests of their patrons.

We are excited to announce this year’s recipients, which include 42 Texas libraries that were awarded a grand total of $101,000. Congratulations to all!

2022 Texas Library Grants recipients:

Atwell Public Library
Zula B. Wylie Public Library
Mammen Family Public Library
Bedford Public Library
Marfa Public Library
Tarkington Community Library
Cooke County Library
Nueces County Keach Family Library
Pflugerville Public Library
Howard County Library
Hampton Illinois Branch, Dallas Public Library
Henderson County Library
Marathon Public Library
Nesbitt Memorial Library
Plano Public Library
Cockrell Hill Library
W. Walworth Harrison Public Library
Hillsboro City Library
Cozby Library & Community Commons
Florence Public Library
Haltom City Public Library
Mineola Memorial Library
Reeves County Library
D. Brown Memorial Library
Brownwood Public Library
Wilson County Public Libraries
Amarillo Public Library
Mesquite Public Library
Arlington Public Library
Midland County Public Library
Larry J Ringer Library, Bryan + College Station Library System
Dublin Public Library
El Paso Public Library
Jarrell Community Library
Converse Public Library
Judy B. McDonald Public Library
Jackson County Memorial Library
Castroville Public Library
Whitehouse Community Library
Marlin Public Library
Longview Public Library
Daingerfield Public Library

2022 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest

Calling all young writers of Texas! It’s time to submit your stories! We are proud to announce that the submission window for our 2022 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest, supported by Random House Children’s Books, is now open. Create a fictional story based on the theme: What are you waiting for?

Eligibility Requirements
– Writer must live in Texas
– Writer must be enrolled in grades 6-12th
– Writer must submit an original work of fiction that includes no more than 2,000 words
– Submission must be written by a single author; no co-authors

Submission Requirements & Format
– Follow the theme provided; choose your own fiction genre 
– Use language that fits your audience
– Submit only one entry
– Include a title page with your name, email, and word count
– Format: Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt size font, 1-inch margins
– Number all pages and submit in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx
– Save your file using: TitleofStory_YourInitials [example: ThroneofGlass_SJM]
– Submit through Google form: Fresh Ink Fiction Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Entry must be the author’s original work and creation – no plagiarism or fan fiction.
Still have a question about the contest? Email Michelle: 

Austin Bat Cave will be hosting a virtual Q&A session and workshop for all writers who have submitted their stories to the Fresh Ink Contest. Join writers, editors, and publishing experts as we celebrate your work, talk about the writing life, and discuss next steps for sharing your work!

Entries will be judged by Texas Book Festival authors, educators, and leaders in the publishing industry. Judges will look for excellence in dialogue, imagery, character development, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Winners will be invited to participate in the Texas Book Festival on November 5-6, 2022 and be awarded a fun literary prize. Winners will be announced on October 12, 2022.

Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to picture books and novels, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Check us out at!

Applications for 2022 Texas Library Grants

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in the Texas Library Grant. The submission window is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact with any questions.


Libraries across Texas can now apply for a 2022 grant to help expand their library collections and share the diversity and breadth of literature with their communities.

These Texas Book Festival Collections Enhancement Grants are made possible by funds raised at the annual Festival and through TBF’s generous donors. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,169 grants totaling over $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state. Read more here to see which Texas libraries received grants in 2021.

The 2022 application is now closed. The application submission deadline was Tuesday, May 31.

Visit our library grants page for more information!

Reading Rock Stars Austin 2021

This fall, Texas Book Festival hosted visits from twenty-two exciting authors with nine Title I elementary schools in the Austin area as part of our Reading Rock Stars program. During these highly-anticipated visits, students had the opportunity to hear from authors about their writing journeys and craft, listen to stories, and ask questions.

Children holding the book "The Color Corrector"

Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program is a hands-on literacy initiative that sends nationally recognized authors into Title I schools in Texas to inspire young readers with dynamic presentations. With generous donations from our sponsors, Texas Book Festival funds and coordinates these author visits and provides copies of visiting authors’ books to children and to their school’s library. Since the program began, Texas Book Festival has provided more than 133,000 books to students and hosted 400+ author visits. Reading Rock Stars is currently partnered with schools in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Author, Gloria Amescua, greeting student

students seated in library

Thank you to our Reading Rock Stars sponsors who provide books and author visits to thousands of children in Title I elementary schools throughout Texas!