Texas Book Festival

Amplify Day Goal: $15,000.00

Organizational Overview

Texas Book Festival
610 Brazos St
Austin, Texas 78701

Mission Statement

The Texas Book Festival (TBF) celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination. The TBF promotes the joys of reading and writing through the annual free Texas Book Festival weekend, our Reading Rock Stars school literacy program, grants to Texas libraries, an annual youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming.

Your financial support helps the Texas Book Festival provide meaningful literary and literacy programming throughout the year. The TBF is committed to providing the annual Texas Book Festival weekend free to the public, making grants to Texas public libraries, and inspiring disadvantaged children to read through our Reading Rock Stars literacy program. In 2016, the TBF is focusing special efforts on young readers with goals to maintain the success of Reading Rock Stars. This year, we are growing the program and adding a sixth school to the Reading Rock Stars program in the Rio Grande Valley. Help the TBF help more children to fall in love with reading!

Impact Statement

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.

Needs Statement

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

--"Reading Rock Stars is one of the best programs I have ever seen. And I've seen a lot. Rock Stars connects kids with books in an exciting, meaningful, and practical way. Every state should have this program. And every author, illustrator, and publisher should be honored to support it." - Jon Scieszka, author and former National Ambassador for Children's Literature

--"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
Amount: $15,000
Sponsored By:

For every dollar given, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation will match up to $15,000.