Authors in Schools


Juana Martinez-Neal (“Alma and How She Got Her Name”) distributes copies of her book to students at Loma Park Elementary.

At the San Antonio Book Festival, we believe that the best way to expand a child’s world is to instill a love of books. The Festival’s Authors in Schools program helps encourage a passion for reading among children and teens. We pair award-winning authors with underserved, low-income schools throughout Bexar County to deliver presentations to hundreds of students, tell funny stories, share personal journeys, and describe the process of writing their books. All students in attendance receive a free, signed copy of the author’s book to take home. Making a personal connection with an author can be the motivation kids need to jump start their imagination with books.

UPDATE OCTOBER 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authors in Schools visits for spring 2020 had to be canceled. We will fulfill our commitment to those schools with virtual author visits in the coming months. Consequently, we will not be accepting new applications this fall. We hope to resume applications in the fall of 2021 for visits in 2022. 

Newbery Medal winning author Meg Medina (“Merci Suarez Changes Gears”) with students at Ed White Middle School


  • School must be located in Bexar County.
  • School must be willing and able to make accommodations for the author visit to take place on either the Friday before the festival or the Monday after the festival.
  • Only one application per school is permitted.
  • Check back for application deadlines.


Applications will be evaluated on their overall professionalism and creativity. SABF’s selection committee will select a maximum of six schools, representing different parts of Bexar County, for an author visit. Preference will be given to schools that implement school-wide initiatives to incorporate the book into curriculum, welcome the author, or promote the author visit.

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