Reading Rock Stars!

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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 – 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.

Watch our Reading Rock Stars video to learn more!


Since the inception of the program, the Texas Book Festival has donated more than 85,000 books to students in Title I schools and provided 370 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, and Houston. Title I eligibility means that at least 50% of children in the school’s population qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Rio Grande Valley: Applications for Rio Grande Valley 2018 now open, and due October 4, 2017. Download an application here.

Houston: Applications for Houston are now closed.

Austin: Applications for Austin are now closed until Spring 2018. Check out some pictures from the 2017 Reading Rock Stars in Austin!


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 Lea Bogner at