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 151,000 books to students in Title I schools and provided 675 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 area schools have closed for 2022.

Rio Grande Valley: Applications for Rio Grande Valley schools have closed for 2022.

Houston (Aldine ISD): Houston is not open to new applicants in 2022.

Dallas: Applications for Dallas schools have closed for 2022.

Fort Worth: Applications for Fort Worth schools are now open! Applications will be accepted no later than August 19, 2022.

Reading Rock Stars Application-Fort Worth 2022 (PDF)
Reading Rock Stars Application-Fort Worth 2022 (Word)

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