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 119,000 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.

The deadline for all regions is September 25, 2020.

Austin: While seven schools are still current, this program is not open to new applications in 2020.

Rio Grande Valley: Download an application here and email the completed application to

Houston: Applications are closed. 

Dallas: Download an application here and email the completed application to

Fort Worth: Download an application here and email the completed application to

For information on applying to Reading Rock Stars or financially supporting the expansion of the program, email