In 2016, the Texas Book Festival's Reading Rock Stars program:
-- Visited 15 Title I elementary schools in Austin, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley!
-- Provided 45 author visits!
-- Gave a book to 8,716 students!
In addition to Reading Rock Stars, we:
-- Granted over $100k to 44 Texas public libraries through our Library Grants program.
-- Connected 50,000 readers with more than 390 authors at the annual Texas Book Festival, free and open to the public!
-- Featured young adult literature at the annual Texas Teen Book Festival, welcoming more than 5,000 readers and aspiring writers.
-- Celebrated talented teen authors through our annual Youth Fiction Writing Contest.
All funds raised through Amplify Austin 2017 will be applied to the Texas Book Festival's Reading Rock Stars literacy program, which brings beloved children's authors to low-income schools and gives a signed copy of the author's book to every child in the school. For many children, it is the first time they have met a real-life author and the first book they have ever owned.
-- $50 provides an author visit and books for 2-3 children
-- $100 provides an author visit and books to five children
-- $500 provides an author visit and books for one entire classroom
-- $1200 - $2000 provides an author visit and books to an entire grade level
-- $5000 - $7000 provides author visits and books for a whole elementary school
--"Students are clamoring to read the authors' other works! That's the response I see - MORE ENGAGED READERS!" Connie Pena-Froehlich, Pickle Elementary Third-grade Bilingual Teacher
--"I am very impressed with the vision of the Reading Rock Stars program; it is already beginning to make an impact on student learning and literacy awareness. This program ensures students will be more attentive to the writing process, literary genre, author studies, and illustrative art." -Theresa Melomo, Joslin Elementary Librarian
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Support Texas Students!by Claire Burrows
According to the Texas Tribune, in 2015, 60.2 percent of the students in Texas public schools were classified as economically disadvantaged. This means that those children may not own books, and it is a fact that books in the home has a significant influence on children's educational success and overall quality of life. As an organization that believes in the power of literature, we work incredibly hard to get books into the hands of children. Even with the generosity of authors, and hard work of librarians and volunteers, books cost money. Each child that is a Reading Rock Star gets to take a signed book home, personally handed to them by the author. Once they own the book, they can remove the dust jacket, write their name in the front, and share it with their siblings. The impact of Reading Rock Stars continues far beyond one day.