On Friday, October 25, Newton Collins Elementary School welcomed Reading Rock Stars authors in connection with the Texas Book Festival. Authors Tania de Regil, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Andy Griffiths visited students at Newton Collins and presented free, autographed copies of the authors’ books.

Tania de Regil is an author and illustrator from Mexico City. Her work as a costume designer in film and television influences her storytelling through images. 

Duncan Tonatiuh is the author-illustrator of The Princess and the Warrior, Funny Bones, Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo. He is the illustrator of Esquivel! and Salsa.

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997. 

“We are truly thankful Newton Collins Elementary was chosen to be a part of the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program. As a librarian, this program is a dream come true for me,” said Newton Collins Librarian Amy Gonzalez, “To be able to introduce our students to three amazing authors and to be able to give each student a brand new, autographed book means the world to me. I know that this will be a magical day that will inspire our students to read, write, and create.”

The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program is a hands-on literacy initiative that sends nationally recognized authors into Title I schools in Texas to inspire young readers and sends the students home with a new book. The festival funds and coordinates school author visits and also donates books to the students and each school’s library.

Author sharing his book with students Collins Students with Author Author visiting with students