Texas Book Festival Adds 5 Campuses to Program This Year and Will Donate 5,500 Books to Austin Students with Reading Rock Stars Author Presentations
Texas Book Festival is proud to bring its successful school literacy program, Reading Rock Stars, to Austin on Friday, October 26, serving 10 Austin elementary schools and the Helping Hand Home. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars presentations bring books to life for children in low-income schools by inviting authors and illustrators into classrooms with entertaining presentations that inspire students to read, write, and create. Texas Book Festival is excited to expand their Reading Rock Stars presentations this year with 4 more campuses than last year, featuring 27 participating authors and illustrators who are all taking part in the 2018 Festival Weekend and over 5,500 books that will be donated to students.
Thanks to support from sponsors, including H-E-B Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation and the ECG Foundation, the Texas Book Festival provides each student with an autographed copy of their author’s book and provides the school library with a new set of books by the visiting Reading Rock Stars authors.
The authors will present to classes and then personally hand out signed copies of their books to students.
With this latest round of Reading Rock Stars, the Texas Book Festival will have coordinated 433 author visits and provided more than 93,000 books to students in Title I schools across Texas since its inception.
Media are invited to cover the Reading Rock Stars program at KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the school will host three authors who are part of the 2018 TBF Weekend Lineup – Arree Chung, who will present his new picture book MIXED: A Colorful Story; Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, who will present Hurricane Heroes in Texas, the latest installment in the award-winningand bestselling Magic Tree House series; and Ryan Calejo, author of the middle grade fantasy debut Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which is inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths. Texas Book Festival will donate a total of 800 books to KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School students.
For more information on the Texas Book Festival and Reading Rock Stars literacy program, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.
Arree Chung – MIXED: A Colorful Story
Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce – Hurricane Heroes
Ryan Calejo – Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows
Friday, October 26
8:15 a.m-8:45 a.m. – Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Arree Chung
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Grade 2 and 3 – Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Grade 4 and 5 – Ryan Calejo
KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School
8004 Cameron Rd
Austin, TX 78754
About Texas Book Festival
With a vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, the Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. The 2018 Texas Book Festival Weekend will take place October 27 – 28. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. Visit www.texasbookfestival.org for more information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #txbookfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @texasbookfest.