The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin (March 1-2) 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. Your support makes it possible to not only bring 300+ authors to downtown Austin each fall but also to connect authors and readers with our School and Community programs.
We can’t wait to bring you another great Festival filled with authors, readers, and great conversations this fall.
Donate $100 or more during Amplify Austin to join TBF and receive a 2023 Festival Friends Pass!
Texas Book Festival School and Community Programs
Real Reads brings critically acclaimed and popular YA authors like Celia Perez, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Nic Stone to middle- and high-school 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 Festival Weekend, where they get a private session with the author to ask ALL their questions.
Reading Rock Stars
Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 151,000 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. TBF is thrilled to announce that we have two schools in El Paso for March 2023! 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 years.
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 1,305 grants totaling over $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state.
Schedule your donation at amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!