North Texas Teen Book Festival Recaps
The free one-day festival promotes reading and celebrates both middle grade and young adult literature. It is hosted by the Irving Public Library and its partners, Barnes & Nobel, Friends of the Irving Public Library, local school districts, museums, other local libraries, and the DFW chapter of the Forever YA Book Club.
2017 saw our biggest turnout yet! We had over 10,000 attend the Festival and over 500 attend Educator Day. Our Educator Day grew to a full day of sessions for attendees and featured over 30 authors presenting on a variety of timely topics. The author line-up increased to over 80 and featured Maggie Stiefvater, Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, Veronica Roth, R. L. Stine, and Nicola Yoon.
In response to feedback from our local educators and librarians, NTTBF16 continued to grow and evolve in 2016. Expanding to the entire Irving Convention Center, we also added in a half day Educator Day proceeding the Festival. 75 authors presented at panels, answered audience questions and signed books. Authors included James Dashner, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Gayle Foreman, and many many more. Again the attendance exceeded our expectations as it grew to 8,000 this year.
Our inaugural festival took place in Marcy 2015 featuring more than 50 well-known, best-selling, and emerging teen authors like Jenny Han, David Levithan, Gordon Korman, and Stephanie Perkins. The response from the North Texas community was beyond our wildest dreams. We had over 3000 attend and over 20 school districts and public libraries partnering with us.