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 93,000 books to students in Title I schools and provided 385 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 for Austin are closed.
Rio Grande Valley: Applications for Rio Grande Valley are open and due October 12. Please email completed applications to Lea@texasbookfestival.org. You can find the application here.
Houston: Applications for Houston are closed.
Fort Worth: Applications for Fort Worth area schools are open and due October 12. Please email completed applications to Lea@texasbookfestival.org You can find the application here.
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 Lea@texasbookfestival.org.