TBF Throwback: A Summer Reading List

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This summer, we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing authors we’ve been lucky to host at the Texas Book Festival by recommending their books as summer reading. Join us as we pair these books with great local places to visit as you read!

Check back here weekly as we add more titles, recommended by the TBF team, our dedicated volunteers, and friends of the Festival.


First up, two stellar Young Adult & Children’s authors: local literary star Varian Johnson and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson. Their books Saving Maddie and Miracle’s Boys are pictured here in front of the gorgeous Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library (where we checked them out). These heartbreaking, true-to-life stories will keep you reading as you root for the genuine, complex characters living in their pages.