In 2015, the Texas Book Festival:
--connected tens of thousands of readers of all ages to 306 authors through our annual Festival weekend, with over 223 panels, readings, and family activities, all free to the public.
-- provided author visits and books to 7,952 elementary school students in 14 Title I schools in Austin, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley through our Reading Rock Stars Literacy program. The TBF provides the authors, curriculum guides to prepare teachers, librarians, and students in advance of the visit, and gives a signed book to each student in the school.
--issued $75,565 in collections grants to 34 libraries
--engaged 268 passionate young writers, grades 7 - 12, who entered our annual fiction contest
Since its founding in 1995, the TBF has awarded more than $2.7 million in total grants to Texas public libraries, reached 60,217 children in low-income Texas schools through our Reading Rock Stars program, and engaged over 1,000 dedicated community volunteers.
All funds raised through Amplify Austin 2016 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