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!

Watch Maria Hinojosa!

UPDATE: This session is now streaming. Watch the full panel here.

In her new memoir, Once I Was You, award-winning journalist and executive producer of Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa shares her experience growing up on the South Side of Chigaco as a Mexican American girl. She has spent nearly thirty years giving voice to the communities overlooked by the media. Join her as she shares her own experiences and offers a personal look at immigration. 

Sunday, October 31 at the Austin Central Library at 12PM CT.

Available both in-person and live streamed!