Virginia Children's Book Festival

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Beyond the books

At the VCBF, children work directly with authors and illustrators to explore the craft of writing and illustrating. The last thing we do at the VCBF is have authors give readings. We work hard to make sure all our sessions are as interactive and engaging as possible. Working with robots, getting haircuts, performing original hip hop pieces, children who attend the VCBF get an EXPERIENCE, not just a reading.


How To Get Ready for the VCBF

Only groups of ten or more need to register for the VCBF. Registration opens on September 1, 2019 and space fills quickly! Please sign up for our mailing list to keep updated. 

01. Sign up for our mailing list

You’ll receive important information about scheduling, locations, and more. 

02. Start reading!

Check out books by VCBF authors and illustrators at your local library.

03. Plan your field trip

Check with your school system to arrange a field trip to the VCBF. While the VCBF is free, we know buses still cost money. Your local service organizations may be able to help defray those costs. Be sure to check with your local Rotary, Lions, or Jaycees to see if they can help. 



Help your kids prepare

Kids get more out of the VCBF if they have read books by the authors attending the festival. Let’s get them ready to meet their favorites!


Teacher Guides

Not every VCBF author has teacher guides, but if they do, we’ve got them for you! Check below to find common core information, printouts, discussion guides, and more. 

Victoria Kann
Todd Parr
Jay Cooper
Corinna Luyken
Raul the Third
Tui Sutherland
John Bemelmans Marciano

Fun activities

Help your kids get excited about the VCBF! Click below to get fun activities!

VCBF in the Community

Join the VCBF in the community as we prepare for October! If dates are not listed, please check back.

Pinkalicious Tea Party

The VCBF partners with Farmville’s We Understand Youth Outreach to present a special Pinkalicious tea party. We Understand Youth Outreach is an organization dedicated to bringing free programs and events to the at-risk communities in Central Virginia. However, they are not only for those at risk, they are dedicated to helping anyone find their passion. Their mission is to remind teens and children that they are loved and worth where they stand.  

A Night of Hip Hop

Join the VCBF at North Street Press Club for a night of hip hop celebrating Tiffany D. Jackson’s “Let Me Hear Rhyme.” With Fresh Boyz Club, and Habitat for Humanity, and the Moton Museum.

VCBF at Summer Garden Opera

The VCBF teams with Farmville’s Summer Garden Opera to bring this art form to children. The VCBF will be giving away four “Opera for Children” prize packs at the free Summer Garden Opera preview at noon on Wednesday, June 12th on Farmville’s Downtown Plaza.

2018 VCBF Mural Installation and Dedication

Join VCBF muralist Monty Montgomery as he installs the 2018 VCBF mural at the Farmville Town Office. The mural was designed by Monty and famed illustration LeUyen Pham, and painted by children who attended the VCBF.

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Get In Touch

Location: 1166 Morton Road, Keysville, VA 23947

Telephone: (434) 390-1962


Hours: M-F: 8am – 2pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

VCBF is dedicated to working towards a harassment-free convention experience for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, origin, religion, or class. We do not tolerate harassment of VCBF members in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the VCBF organizers.


VCBF’s definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. Harassment includes: Verbal comments or displayed images that harmfully reinforce structures of oppression (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, geographic origin, or class); deliberate intimidation; stalking; body policing (including gender policing in all bathrooms); unwelcome photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Exhibitors in the Writer’s Row, volunteers, and VCBF members are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

Harassment does not include: respectful disagreement or critique in good faith. VCBF continues to welcome and appreciate the reading or performance of risky, transgressive material and the discussion of controversial ideas.