Author Visits To Schools
The San Antonio Book Festival partners with select authors who make visits to area schools and teach lessons in the days leading up to the Festival. In 2016 John Parra (Marvelous Cornelius) and Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales: Alamo All-Stars) visited six schools, presenting to more than 2,000 students. In the past, Jack Gantos (The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza), spoke at an Education Service Center-Region 20 evening event for librarians and teachers and spent the day teaching writing classes to three different grades at KIPP’s Camino Academy and Un Mundo Dual Language Academy.
SABF is committed to expanding these author visits throughout the calendar year. If you are a teacher, librarian, or school administrator interested in booking one of these meaningful teaching sessions, please contact our Community Engagement Director, Shannon Stephens.
Students wishing to participate in the San Antonio Book Festival have several options. Every year we are looking to fill positions for student introducers and volunteers. We also offer an annual Fiction Contest for students in grades 7-12.
Each year we select student presenters from area schools to introduce authors at Festival sessions. Student introducers receive an advance copy of the author’s book to help with preparation; the student’s teacher can receive a copy as well. Although we are full for this year’s Book Festival, please keep us in mind for next year!
The youth fiction contest encourages students in grades 7-12 to showcase their writing skills and creativity. Winners from three categories (7th/8th, 9th/10th, 11th/12th) are awarded cash prizes for themselves and their schools at a special ceremony at the San Antonio Book Festival where their work will be exhibited and also published on the SABF website. Learn more about our annual Fiction Contest.
Group Visits to the Festival
Through partnerships with non-profit organizations such as SAReads, Girls, Inc., Boys and Girls Club, Divas, Inc., and others, over 400 kids from underserved areas participate in this special program of the Festival. The kids are transported to the Festival where they take part in the activities, hear author presentations, and receive a Festival author’s book and a Festival T-shirt.
If you are interested and plan to organize a group of students or kids to attend the Book Festival at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art on Saturday, April 8, please register your group. We recommend that students bring their own lunch. There will also be food trucks on site.
MyStory : Mentoring Younger Generations
For the 2015 Book Festival, students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy received training by MyStory professionals in how to conduct interviews. Then at the Book Festival, the young ladies had the opportunity to sit and interview selected Festival authors. This program encouraged active listening and participation as students interacted with authors, all of which was captured on video.
If you are an educator interested in assembling a MyStory experience at the Book Festival for your students, please contact Shannon Stephens, Community Engagement Director.