What we do and who we are

Virginia Children's Book Festival

The VCBF is so much more than our annual festival. For more information on any of our initiatives, please contact us.


About Us

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival team is a group of dedicated volunteers that works tirelessly to bring opportunity to every child, regardless of circumstance. Founded by Juanita Giles and Katie Snyder in 2011, the VCBF has grown into the largest children’s book festival on the East Coast. In addition to providing our centerpiece festival free of charge, the VCBF donates thousands of books each year, established libraries at juvenile detention centers, operates a mobile READcart, provides programming for children with special needs, produces an annual mural project, and more.

The VCBF is part of Eleven Pictures, LTD, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We acknowledge no goods or services were provided to you in return for your contribution.


What We Do

Book Distribution

Book Distribution

Our main book distributions occur during the holidays, but we spend the entire year donating books to organizations, social services agencies, and more.
Special Needs Programs

Special Needs Programs

In partnership with Longwood University’s Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services, the VCBF produces programs tailored to children with sensory sensitivity and other special needs.


Our mobile READcart is available for events in and around Farmville and brings reading to children and families wherever they are.
Hip Hop in Children’s Literature

Hip Hop in Children’s Literature

The VCBF is dedicated to innovative and exciting programming, and our Hip Hop in Children’s Literature brings it all by combining reading, music, and video to create a singular experience for teens.
Technology and Reading Initiative

Technology and Reading Initiative

By combining reading with robots, Minecraft, Google Expedition, and more, the VCBF is dedicated to creating a dynamic programming that will inspire children to dream bigger.
Civil Rights in Children’s Literature

Civil Rights in Children’s Literature

In partnership with the Robert Russa Moton Museum, the VCBF is proud to present annual Civil Rights in Children’s Literature programming in honor of Barbara Rose Johns, and her dedication to education for all.

Who We Are

Our Team 

- Juanita Giles, Executive Director

- Kalimah Carter and Shannon Nusbaum, School Outreach

- Nikki Kain and Virginia Watson, Volunteers and Community Engagement

- Nash Osborn and Matthew McWilliams, Special Programs

- Libby Blanton, Development

- Ashley Crute, Junior Council

- Charlotte Farley, Grant Writer

Please contact us to volunteer, sponsor, or talk about our programming

Let's Work Together!