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
Sponsored By: Herb Simon Family Foundation
The Herbert Simon Family Foundation is a private family operating foundation. Established in 1999, the Foundation has been providing support for organizations across the United States and around the world. They will match every dollar given to the Texas Book Festival during Amplify up to $20,000. Thanks to the generous support of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, your contribution will make twice the difference.
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An Incredible Program!by Heidi Marquez Smith
The Texas Book Festival is such an important organization for literacy in Texas, and Reading Rock Stars brings the joy for reading to the most valuable Texans...kids! Amazing authors show students how valued and special they are as they personally hand each and every student a book. The teachers and librarians at these low-income schools are working so hard, and Reading Rock Stars supports the investment they are making in these students.
The Value of a Bookby Sarah Queen
A child having books in the home is the greatest indicator of academic success, across the board. Reading Rock Stars seeks to accomplish the very simple goal of giving children their very own book, and does it enthusiastically and creatively alongside amazing children's authors. As each author hands the child what may be the first book they own, they are supporting the Texas Book Festival's vision of inspiring Texans of every age to love reading.