Texas Book Festival

Amplify Day Goal: $10,000.00

Organizational Overview

Texas Book Festival
610 Brazos St
Austin, Texas 78701

Mission Statement

The Texas Book Festival (TBF) connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate 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.

Every dollar raised during Amplify Austin goes to our Reading Rock Stars program. Through Reading Rock Stars, we take nationally acclaimed authors like Carmen Tafolla and Jon Scieszka to Title I elementary schools where they personally share the joy of reading and writing with the children. Then each and every child receives a signed copy of the book, given to them by the author. Our goal is to reach as many Texas children as possible, so this year we are expanding the program to Dallas!

Impact Statement

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.

Needs Statement

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

--"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
Every year, hundreds of enthusiastic book lovers volunteered their time and talent to make the Texas Book Festival a huge success. We are very grateful to all of our volunteers for your continued support! We need volunteers in every tent, venue, and even at Lit Crawl! Sign up at: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/volunteer/.
Amount: $20,000
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.

Reading Rock Stars

by Lea Bogner

One of the major predictors of academic success is the amount of books in the home. In middle-income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child. In low-income neighborhoods there is one book for every 300 children. This is a statistic we can each do something about.

Reading Rock Stars brings nationally recognized authors into Title I Schools to present on their books and get kids excited about reading. The Texas Book Festival gives each child their very own book--signed by the author that they met-- to start building their own personal library. In many cases, this book is the child's first book and one of the only books in their home. Teachers and librarians who participate in the program have continuously reported their students are more interested in reading and writing after meeting the authors.

As the Outreach Coordinator, it is my job to make Reading Rock Stars happen! I need YOUR help to help pay for these books and get them into the hands of Austin kids.

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Goal: $500.00

Give a Book, Give a Lifetime of Curiosity

by Karen Brimble

Austin has amazing cultural opportunities for everyone, including children. Unfortunately, not every child has access to books of their own, and Reading Rock Stars brings books and incredible authors to Title I elementary schools. Keeping books in the home is proven to positively impact academic success and behavior. More importantly, books encourage the creativity and curiosity that makes Austin unique. Help us put more books in the hands of more Texas children!

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Goal: $500.00