Authors in Schools
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 April 2022: For its Authors in Schools program, SABF has partnered with San Antonio and Edgewood Independent School Districts. Lowell Middle School, Lanier High School, Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary, and Loma Park Elementary are the lucky recipients of  SABF’s Authors in Schools program for 2022.

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


  • School must be located in SABF’s partner school districts, SAISD and Edgewood ISD.
  • School must be designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 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.
  • School must be willing and able to implement school-wide initiatives to incorporate the book into curriculum, welcome the author, or promote the author visit.

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