An event that includes a free book festival geared to young children across Texas took place in Portland Saturday morning.

Now in its fourth year, Book-a-Palooza's goal is to spark a lifelong passion for reading in young children.

The fair took place at T.M. Clark Elementary School, and was followed by an awards presentation for children who have successfully completed the ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ Program.

Books are given to older siblings of students as well.

Each year the event keeps growing, this year's turnout was double than it was in the past.

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