2014 - Archived Kidquake and Teenquake

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

As of September 12, 2014, Kidquake registration is closed—all assemblies are full. Sorry!

Reading is central not only to the development of an inquisitive mind but also to the advancement of overall learning outcomes. And what better way to get excited about reading than to meet an author in person and receive an autographed copy of
his or her book!

Studies show that access to printed materials improves children’s reading performance, causes children to read more and for longer periods of time, and produces improved attitudes toward reading and learning in general. And meeting an author in-person gives students a special type of encouragement. As a teacher at San Francisco’s Sunset Elementary School said in a Kidquake evaluation form, “Meeting authors sends an important message: We all can be
authors & illustrators.”



As part of the festival each October, Litquake produces Kidquake, a number of kid-focused events at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. 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 1,000 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! If you’re a teacher or school librarian and are interested in signing up for either Kidquake or Kidquake in the Schools, contact us at kidquake@litquake.org.


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!