The Virginia Children’s Book Festival is a three-day event in October that brings together authors and illustrators with exciting, dynamic programs to foster the enjoyment of reading among Virginia’s youth.
Peter Brown is an author and illustrator of children’s books. His titles include New York Times bestsellers like The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Peter’s illustrations for Creepy Carrots!, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned him a Caldecott Honor. Also wrote The Wild Robot.
Adam Gidwitz is the bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY, and THE GRIMM CONCLUSION, as well as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI?, and the newly released, THE INQUISITOR’S TALE, which won a 2016 Newbery Honor.
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.
Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. Her newest book, Burn Baby Burn, was long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award, and Yaqui Delgado has recently been optioned for a television series.
Sean Qualls is an award winning children’s book illustrator, artist and author. He has illustrated a number of celebrated books for children, including Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade and Before John Was a Jazz Giant, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor.
John Parra is an award winning illustrator, fine artist, designer, and educator, best known for his art illustrated, Latino themed, children’s books such as Waiting for the Biblioburro, Green is a Chile Pepper, and Gracias/Thanks.
Some of Alko's books include: I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother, Every-Day Dress-Up, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, and the acclaimed, B is for Brooklyn. Selina collaborates on the illustrations for picture books with her husband, award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls. Selina wrote The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, which was co-illustrated with Sean.
Sophie Blackall is the 2016 Caldecott-winning illustrator of Finding Winnie. She has illustrated over twenty books for children, including Ruby's Wish which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and Big Red Lollipop which was a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010, and the ongoing Ivy and Bean series, which has over a million copies in print.
The grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the children's book series Madeline, he has continued the series with three books written and illustrated in his grandfather's style: Madeline and the Cats of Rome, Madeline at the White House, and Madeline and the Old House in Paris.
Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee FAKE ID, a second YA thriller ENDANGERED, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel OVERTURNED from Scholastic Press. Lamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books.
Author and illustrator known for his children's book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for distinguished illustration. He is the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He is the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements.
Alexander London’s young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. He’s the author of The Wild Ones series, Dog Tags and Tides of War series, as well as the Accidental Adventures and two titles in The 39 Clues series for young readers.
Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo and FINN THROWS A FIT! by David Elliott. He is also the author-illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE and NECKS OUT FOR ADVENTURE! He lives in Massachusetts.
His debut work, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, a nomination for Outstanding Children's Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards, a finalist ranking for the Bluebonnet Award for Excellence in Children's Books, and countless other honors. His book, Radiant Child, won the 2017 Caldecott award.
Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. It took a few more years to get her first publishing contract though. Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians.
Angie Thomas' debut Young Adult novel, The Hate U Give, will be published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on February 28, 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.
Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others.
Aisha Saeed is an author, mama, lawyer, educator, and maker and drinker of chai as well as a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books™. She is also the author of Written in the Stars, which was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers, and was named one of the top ten books all Young Georgians Should Read 2016.
Charles Vess' award-winning work has graced covers and pages from numerous comic book publishers including The Books of Magic, Swamp Thing, The Sandman from DC Comics, and "Spider-Man" from Marvel Comics. Stardust, the graphic novel created by Neil Gaiman and Vess was released as a major motion picture adaptation in 2007.
Jason Reynolds is the author of When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys; As Brave As You, his middle grade debut, was a Time Book of the Year and winner of the Kirkus Award; and Ghost, a National Book Award finalist.
New York Times best-selling author of fifteen children's and young adult novels, including Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She also penned "Austenland," now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge, and Calamity Jack and illustrated chapter book The Princess in Black with husband Dean Hale.
LeUyen Pham is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly sixty children’s books. Her books include God’s Dream, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the New York Times Bestselling series Freckleface Strawberry, written by Julianne Moore, and Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio.
Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian writer and artist. She worked in the animation industry before writing and drawing comics full time. She has published a number of graphic novels, including The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp , Friends with Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the Bigfoot Boy series . She won an Eisner Award in 2014 for The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
A comic book artist since the age of 17, when he began an internship at DC Comics. Igle has worked on books ranging from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to the action miniseries Race Against Time, as well as titles such as Green Lantern, G.I. Joe,Wonder Woman, Superman, Wolverine, and Supergirl. Igle was honored with the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comic Art.
Christopher Irving is a Richmond-based comic book and popular culture historian. He received a BFA in Arts Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Literary Criticism from Brooklyn College. He currently serves as Consulting Editor of Comic Book Creator magazine.
Kid Pan Alley has inspired 35,000 children across the US to write and perform original songs, some featuring artists including Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, and Amy Grant, among others. The children's albums have won numerous awards including a WAMMIE, Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Honors, and NAPPA Gold Award, as well as a Grammy nomination.
The Poe Museum began over a century ago when Edgar Allan Poe collector and researcher James Howard Whitty and a group of literary enthusiasts met in Poe’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia to create the state’s first monument to a writer. The Museum has enjoyed a history as unique as the author it honors.