VCBF Mission & Vision
At the Virginia Children’s Book Festival, we believe nothing can change a child’s life more than reading. That’s why we are on a mission to create a culture of readership for every child, regardless of circumstance, and that’s why we keep the VCBF free to everyone. We need your help to make this happen.
From Our Director
” For many kids, books are the first place they meet someone other than themselves, and often the first place they see someone LIKE themselves. It’s one of the first places they are taught empathy and where their minds are opened to a worldview. The VCBF is here to reach every child, to expand their worlds, and create a love of reading that will last a lifetime. “
– Juanita Giles
Our Upcoming Events & Activities
LCVA Summer Art Studio
Be sure to catch our READcart at the LCVA! The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) invites you to join us this summer to explore and create beautiful works of art inspired by some of your favorite children’s literature, both old and new! Open weekdays from June 3 through August 2 (closed July 4), the Summer Art Studio program is bringing popular children’s books to life through art.http://www.longwood.edu/
Children’s Opera Giveaway
To celebrate Farmville’s incredible Summer Garden Opera, the VCBF is giving away four prize packages to introduce children to opera. Join us on Farmville’s Downtown Plaza on Wednesday, June 12th at noon to have your chance to win. And please don’t miss this year’s performance of La Traviata!
Pinkalicious: The Art of Victoria Kann
Don’t miss the annual VCBF illustrator exhibition, opening at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and running through November 3rd.
VCBF Registration opens
More information to follow
VCBF Volunteer Training
More information to follow.
Check our 2019 VCBF page for details.
Longwood University has the been the home of the Virginia Children’s Book Festival since the VCBF’s founding. The Longwood community has been incredibly supportive, and we are thrilled to offer the university experience to all children that attend the VCBF.
About Longwood University
Longwood University is the third-oldest public college or university in Virginia, and one of the 100-oldest colleges in the United States. Founded in 1839, its roots are in teacher preparation but has grown into a full-scale, highly residential liberal arts university dedicated to the mission of preparing citizen leaders. In 2016, Longwood hosted the national Vice Presidential Debate between Sen. Tim Kaine and then-Gov. Mike Pence, garnering more than $82 million in media coverage. Longwood sits in the heart of downtown Farmville, a consequential place in U.S. history, where the student-led Civil Rights Movement took shape with the historic 1951 walkout at Moton High School, and where the Civil War drew to a close as Ulysses Grant first proposed surrender terms from a home in town as he pursued Confederate forces westward.
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
Robert Russa Moton Museum
Farmville, Virginia’s former Moton High School, now a National Historic Landmark and museum, is a civil rights training ground, rooted in Prince Edward County’s 1951-1964 fight for student freedom.
To quote Dean Brent Roberts, “Simply amazing.”