Blue and white Texas Center for the Book logoEstablished in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries, while celebrating the written word and literary heritage of Texas. Our commitment is to see every Texan develop an appreciation for books and the bridges they create. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State.

One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas. View the Austin premier event

Many of the projects administered by the Texas Center for the Book are supported in part by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. To learn more about the organization, go to

2022 Texas Great Read Indelible Ann by Meghan P. Browne and illustrated by Carlynn Whitt

2022 Texas Great Read: Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards by Meghan P. Browne and illustrated by Carlynn Whitt.

TX Book Chat - Informal "coffee chats" offering a quick look into aspects of the state's literary world

#TXBookChat - Join us for informal 30 minute Zoom chats about all things literary and view videos of previous chats.


Literacy Award

Literacy award for a qualified 501(c)(3) organization that has made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas.

Lone Star Día - Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day

Read with Your children and Discover Bookjoy every day with Lone Star Dia!

Literary Landmark Roundup - Working to increase the number of Texas Literary Landmarks

Texas Literary Landmarks are special places that attract tourists, book lovers, and history buffs.


Letters About Literature Texas. Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.

Letters About Literature - a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders. In 2023, winners and their libraries will receive cash prizes. They are honored at the Texas Library Association Conference.

Recovery - Read Across Texas - 2023 Statewide Community Read

Read Across Texas - using books to open dialogue and explore what “empathy” could mean within your communities.

Little Free Library Texas Tour - Apply for Your Own Little Free Library!

Visit the Little Free Library website Graphic indicating that this website is outside of the current website and will open in a new tab to steward your own little free library.

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TCFB Sponsors:

  • Special exhibits
  • Literary programs
  • Creative writing contests
  • Lectures and symposia
  • Publications

TCFB Promotes:

  • The educational and cultural role of the book
  • The history of books and printing
  • Authorship and writing
  • Libraries
  • Publishing and preservation of books
  • Reading and literacy


The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to join in its mission of working with organizations and individuals across the state to develop and increase public appreciation of, and support for books, reading and libraries.

  • Telephone: (512) 936-2505
  • Email: [Texas Center for the Book]
  • Address: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

The nomination period for the annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award is June 1 - September 1. This award is made possible by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc. and was inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.


Page last modified: December 14, 2022