The Texas Book Festival is something we look forward to every fall! This event is always free and open to the public at the Texas State Capitol. Over 40,000 people are expected to attend on the weekend of October 25 and 26, 2014.

This year’s lineup is huge — with over 275 of authors and illustrators attending this event! Festival literary director, Steph Opitz notes, “This year is bigger than ever, with more authors, more titles, and more sessions. It wasn’t that we intentionally set out to make it bigger, it’s that there were so many fantastic submissions we fell in love with this year that we had to make more room.”


Because the lineup of authors is so massive, we wanted to take a moment to point out all of the scheduled children’s authors and illustrators so you can scan the list at-a-glance to see if your favorites are coming.

Children’s Authors and Illustrators:

  • Kathi Appelt, Mogie: The Heart of the House, Animals
  • Katherine Applegate Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
  • Mac Barnett, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Adventure
  • Chris Barton, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet
  • Andrea Beaty, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau
  • Teresa C. Brod, Lorisse’s Dog Training
  • Tad Carpenter (illustrator), I Say, You Say Colors! and Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!
  • Arree Chung, Ninja!
  • Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, Grandfather Gandhi
  • Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Cecilia and Miguel Are Best Friends
  • Monica Brown, Conoce a Pablo Picasso
  • Erzsi Deàk, Pumpkin Time!
  • Carolyn Dee Flores (illustrator) and René Saldaña, Jr. (author), Dale, dale, dale: Una fiesta de números
  • Keith Graves, The Monsterator
  • Melissa Guion, Baby Penguins Love their Mama!,
  • Dean and Shannon Hale, The Princess in Black
  • Molly Idle, Flora and the Penguin
  • London Ladd (illustrator), Under the Freedom Tree
  • Ziggy Marley, I Love You Too
  • Libby Martinez and Pat Mora, I Pledge Allegiance
  • Patrick McDonnell, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
  • John Rocco, Blizzard,
  • Marc Rosenthal (illustrator), Mogie: The Heart of the House
  • Bob Shea, Dinosaur vs. School
  • Lane Smith (illustrator), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Animals
  • Divya Srinivasan, Little Owl’s Day
  • Duncan Tonatiuh, Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation


Middle Grade Authors:
(books generally geared towards ages 8 and up)

  • Varsha Bajaj, Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood,
  • Annie Barrows, Magic in the Mix
  • Diane Gonzales Bertrand, There’s a Name for This Feeling
  • Edward Carey, Heap House: The Iremonger Trilogy
  • Tony DiTerlizzi, Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
  • Michael Fry, The Odd Squad, King Karl
  • Adam Gidwitz, The Grimm Conclusion
  • Deron R. Hicks, Tower of the Five Orders: The Shakespeare Mysteries
  • K.A. Holt, Rhyme Schemer
  • P.J. Hoover, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life
  • Varian Johnson, The Great Greene Heist
  • Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic
  • Nikki Loftin, Nightingale’s Nest
  • Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney, The Red Pencil
  • Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
  • Greg Leitich Smith, Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn
  • S.S. Taylor, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair
  • Deborah Wiles, Revolution
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Jennifer Ziegler, Revenge of the Flower Girls
  • Nathan Hale, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A
  • World War I Tale),
  • Susan Goldman Rubin, Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
  • Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: True Stories


Young Adult:

  • Steve Brezenoff, Guy in Real Life
  • Melissa de la Cruz, Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven
  • Lindsay Cummings, The Murder Complex
  • Adele Griffin, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
  • Claudia Gray, Steadfast: A Spellcaster Novel
  • P.T. Jones (Stephen Graham Jones), Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly
  • Michelle Knudsen, Evil Librarian
  • Lindsey Lane, Evidence of Things Not Seen
  • Dayna Lorentz, No Dawn Without Darkness
  • Lauren Miller, Free to Fall
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, The Turtle of Oman
  • Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • Isabel Quintero, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
  • Trent Reedy, If You’re Reading This
  • Rebecca Serle, Famous in Love
  • Antonio Sacre, My Name is Cool: 18 Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller
  • Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me
  • Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer
  • Meg Wolitzer, Belzhar
  • Erika T. Wurth, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend
  • Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea

For a full list of ALL the 275+ authors and illustrators who will be in attendance, please click here.

And be sure to check back next month, when we’ll give you a break down of all of the awesome activities you can expect at this year’s Festival!