Reading Rock Stars

About the Program

The 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 and send them home with the most empowering experience of all – owning their very own book. The Texas Book Festival funds and coordinates the author visits and donates the books to the children as well as a set of books to each school’s library.


Since the inception of the program, the Texas Book Festival has donated more than 100,000 books to students in Title I schools and provided 400+ author visits.

Want to bring Reading Rock Stars to your school?

The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Title I eligibility means that at least 50% of children in the school’s population qualify for free or reduced priced lunches.

Austin: Applications are closed.

Rio Grande Valley: Applications are now open and are due September 27. You can find the application here.

Houston: Applications are closed. 

Dallas: Applications are now open and are due September 27. You can find the application here.

Fort Worth: Applications are closed.

For information on applying to Reading Rock Stars or financially supporting the expansion of the program, contact the Texas Book Festival office at (512) 477-4055 or email