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 elementary 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.

The program currently serves schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth, with strategic plan to grow the number of schools served in each geographic area.


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 have closed for 2022.

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