VMFA On the Road

YES! The VMFA’s new Artmobile is coming to the VCBF! Don’t miss this brand new Artmobile for the 21st century as it makes its first appearance in Farmville!


Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Don’t miss our Hip Hop Night at North Street Press Club, celebrating the music of “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” by author Tiffany Jackson.

Pinkalicious: The Exhibition

Join Victoria Kann at the LCVA for a reception and celebration of her exhibition, currently on display, “Pinkalicious: The Exhibition — The Colorlicious World of Victoria Kann”.

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.

A Word

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/

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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!

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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. 

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VCBF Registration opens

More information to follow

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25th& 28th


VCBF Volunteer Training

More information to follow. 

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VCBF Begins!


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Check our 2019 VCBF page for details.

Our Host


Longwood University


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
The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is the only museum of its kind, scope, and size in the area surrounding our home base, Prince Edward County. Our commitment to improving the quality of life in the region by providing full access to the visual arts is the heart of our mission. At the LCVA, we believe there should be no barriers to exploration of the visual arts. Admission to the LCVA and its programs is – and always has been – free for everyone.
LCVA is the art museum of Longwood University. Located in downtown Farmville, LCVA serves as a physical, intellectual, and cultural bridge between the university and our community at large. Longwood University’s mission, “to transform capable men and women into citizen leaders, fully engaged in the world around them,” forms the foundation of our mission and values.
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.

Greenwood Library

To quote Dean Brent Roberts, “Simply amazing.”

Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services
The mission of Longwood’s Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services (SHLS) is to be a caring community resource for children and families in southcentral Virginia. The SHLS is distinguished by its commitment to provide the highest level of professional services in speech-language pathology, audiology, education, and early intervention; and to fully prepare citizen leaders for their future careers in speech-language pathology and education.