Attention Librarians and Teachers: Printable Writing Contest Flyers are now Available!

Now you can spread the word about the Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest with these downloadable flyers. The printable files are 8×10 pdfs, available in color and black and white, perfect for teachers and librarians who want to encourage their aspiring young authors to join this year’s writing contest. Simply click the link to download and print. TTBF Writing Contest Flyer…

TTBF Seeking Volunteer Coordinator

The Texas Teen Book Festival is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator. This volunteer position will enlist and direct volunteers to set up tables, booths, and tents for the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival on October 1. The Volunteer Coordinator also delegates volunteers to direct traffic outside panel discussion rooms and book signing lines. While this is an unpaid position, it looks…

Calling All Readers – Book Festival Love is in the Air

Book festivals are the very best for readers who love panel discussions, book sales, book signings, and the chance to chat face-to-face with authors the admire. Book festivals also provide young readers with the opportunity to connect with other readers while looking out for their next favorite book. Texas Teen Book Festival is set for October 1, 2016, but that’s…

YAK Fest 2016: Saturday, January 30 at Keller High School

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Make plans now to attend YAK Fest, the Fifth Annual Young Adult Book Festival at Keller High School.

Hear from 29 amazing YA authors such as Julie Murphy (keynote speaker), Michael Buckley, Jessica Brody, Lauren Oliver, Robison Wells, Kimberly Derting, Lindsay Cummings, Victoria Scott, Alex London, and many more! There will also be workshop rooms devoted to writing stories, writing poetry, storytelling, and anime illustration. Check out the YAK Fest website to see a list of all the authors and the schedule for the day.

YAK Fest is FREE and open to all middle and high school students and adults that love to read YA literature. Remember to bring money to purchase books, food, drinks, and t-shirts. Food trucks will be on site to sell BBQ, pizza, and sandwiches. More food and drinks will be available for purchase inside the school so plan to eat your morning snack, lunch, and dessert at YAK Fest.

Visit our website for more details about the event, including a complete list of authors, the schedule, and pictures from previous YAK Fests.

Check out our website and other YAK Fest social media sites.      #YAK16

If you would like an extra-credit assignment to share with teachers or students or a  YAK Fest 2016 poster to print at your school to help advertise YAK Fest, please e-mail Janet Adams.

Hope to see YOU at YAK Fest 2016

Out of Darkness Wins Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

Out of Darkness, written by Ashley Hope Pérez, received the 2016 Michael L. Printz Honor, which awards books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature. Using the facts of the New London, Texas, school explosion, as the backdrop for her novel, Pérez explores the topics of segregation, family, love, and the forces that destroy people’s lives. The New London school…

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A Chit-Chat With Author Rick Yancey!

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Drawing Between The Lines Panel

-This post comes from Parker of BookPeople’s Teen Press Corps.   Everyone had a great time at the Drawing Between the Lines panel, which included the authors Stephen Emond, Gareth Hinds, Andrew Smith, and Nicola and David Yoon. Here are some of the things they talked about.   Stephen Emond—Bright Lights, Dark Nights –At first he was thinking of doing…


Eden’s Interview with Stephanie Tromly

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Future Possible? Teen Press Corps Says YES!

Future Possible featured SciFi authors Pierce Brown, Claudia Grey, Sophie Jordan, Jenny Martin, and Rick Yancey. The first question asked was “Where do you ‘see’ yourself in your books and characters?” Pierce Brown said that it feels as if authors are schizophrenic, because they have so many voices and characters all running around inside their heads. Claudia Grey said that most…

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Chandler Baker Interview

  Teen Press Corps: How did you first get into writing? Chandler Baker: Reading. She wanted to stay connected with books and become more involved with them. Why did you study law? Many lawyers are actually big readers and she didn’t think writing would be a career for her. Is it difficult to write horror? Do you like horror? She’s…


A Conversation with Libba Bray

-This post comes from Emily of BookPeople’s Teen Press Corps Emily: How do you begin a book? Do you choose a scene, character, or a line of dialog to run with? Libba Bray: That’s a great question. I never have a starting point. I always say it’s like a river. It’s like the game Katamari. You’re a big ball of…


Andrienne Sits Down with Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano is someone who likes to solve problems. Working hard, putting effort into it, and getting a result is what she does. But the thing in which Sonia really prides herself is “connecting through people on Sesame Street,” where she can share her life with others. When Sesame Street was first getting started, Sonia went in for an audition.…