- Kidquake and Teenquake

Giving students exciting real-life tools to develop a lifelong passion for reading


As part of the festival each October, Litquake produces Kidquake, a number of kid-focused events at the San Francisco Public Library. In true Litquake style, San Francisco students in grades K-5 get to sample from the work of four or five authors in an hour-long presentation and then participate in hands-on workshops with the writers they’ve just seen. Each student leaves with a new book and teachers receive a bag of books and other goodies. Sign-up forms are distributed early each fall to San Francisco schools. Kidquake reaches about 750 children each fall.

Participating authors have included Anthony Robles, Jon Agee, Lisa Brown, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Jennifer Holm, Leuyen Pham, Ina Cumpiano, and many more! 


Have you heard? Teens are some of the most enthusiastic and voracious readers on the planet. And here at Litquake we celebrate, encourage, and reward that obsessive behavior with Teenquake.

Over the years we’ve hosted events with partners as diverse as the San Francisco Public Library, Not Your Mother’s Book Club, WritersCorps, and figment.com. 2009 saw an after-hours teen takeover of the SF Main Library to inspire, rethink the library, and celebrate the word. In 2010, we staged a six-hour, three-phased progressive TeenCrawl with writing workshops, teens reading from their published work, and a multi-author signing.  In 2011, we packed the house at Word for Word’s staged reading of the YA novel The Sky is Everywhere. Later that night, we rolled out the red carpet for the best teen writers in the Bay Area at a ceremony to announce the winners of the Teenquake Writing Awards.

What’s next? Ultimately we’re about bringing together our super fantastic community of teen readers and writers and the adults who love them. Bring on the awesome!