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.
2016 National Book Award Winner Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California.
Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller.
Matt de la Peña is The New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels. His first book for younger readers, Last Stop on Market Street, was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015 and a Wall Street Journal’s Best Children’s Book of 2015. He won the 2016 Newbery for Last Stop on Market Street
John Rocco is an American illustrator and author of children’s books. He is best known for illustrating the covers of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. His book, Blackout, that he wrote and illustrated, was a runner-up for the American Library Association Caldecott Medal in 2012.
Jeffrey Brown is the author and illustrator of the incredibly popular Jedi Academy series. Brown has written and drawn seven books set in the Star Wars expanded universe. His new book series, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, will be published in 2016.
Author of the first 5 books (so far!) in this series about the Incorrigible children & their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits & the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.
Author of more than 70 books, Avi has won many awards, including the two Horn Book awards, and an O'Dell award, as well as many children's 2003 Newbery award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead, two Newbery Honors, choice awards, he frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers.
Novelist, poet, and writer of children's books, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, was named one of the "Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World" by Poets & Writers magazine. He is the author of numerous novels, books for children and young adults. His beloved young adult novel Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, a Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and winner of the Américas Award.
Although Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, he now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and German Shepherd. A Hollywood screenwriter by trade, The Day the Crayons Quit was his first book for children. His favorite crayon is Black.
G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble. His novels include Knockout Games, Surf Mules and the Horace Mann Upstander Award-winning, Ghetto Cowboy. His latest book is Tru and Nell.
A VCBF favorite, Marciano is 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 Harper Collins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel Overturned from Scholastic Press. Lamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife.
Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and illustrations that are thought provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Her debut graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, as well as being the only graphic novel nominated for YALSA's Top Ten Books for Teens in 2012.
Marc Brown is the author/illustrator behind the wildly successful Arthur series. The recipient of numerous awards, Brown continues to create fun and imaginative stories and art that young readers enjoy. He frequently discusses the importance of reading with children, as well as his road to becoming a bestselling author/illustrator.
Sharon Flake has been a force in writing for children and young adults since 1998, when her first novel, The Skin I’m In, was published by editor Andrea Davis Pinkney at Disney-Hyperion’s Jump at the Sun Imprint.
A VCBF author from its inception, Ering has illustrated numerous books for children of all ages. He is the illustrator, and also the author of the very popular picture books Necks Out for Adventure! and The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone. Another notable book that Timothy illustrated is the Newbery Award winning The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife and sons.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw, a storyteller, and the author of Crossing Bok Chitto and Walking the Choctaw Road. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. In 1993, Tingle retraced the trail to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. How I Became a Ghost was inspired by these memories. Tingle lives in Canyon Lake, Texas.
Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 35 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street.
Anson Montgomery, son of late Choose Your Own Adventure series founder R. A. Montgomery, has brought the series new life. One of the most popular series of the last several decades, Choose Your Own Adventure books have sold more than 250 million copies.
Allan Kronzek is an author, educator and magician. His programs The Art of Fooling, the Magician’s Art and Scientific Inquiry, and Exploring the Magical World of Harry Potter are regularly featured at colleges, libraries and schools throughout New York. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Sorcerer’s Companion-A Guide to the World of Harry Potter. His wife, Elizabeth, is his illustrator.
Lulu Delacre is the author/illustrator of many award winning children's books. Some of her most famous works include Arroz con leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, Vejigante Masquerader, and The Bossy Gallito.
Elly MacKay creates unique images through using layers of paper, light and photography. Elly attended the Nova Scotia College of Art for printmaking but also had an informal education in paper arts by visiting members of the Movable Book Society by train when she was a teen. She now creates picture books and illustrates covers for novels.
Christy Marx is an American screenwriter best known for her work on various TV series, including Jem (which she created), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Conan the Adventurer, G.I. Joe, Hypernauts, Captain Power and others. She is also known for her original comic book series Sisterhood of Steel as well as work on Conan, Red Sonja, and Elfquest.
Chris Irving is a writer, actor, and popular culture historian in Richmond, Virginia. His most recent book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (powerHouse books), with photographer Seth Kushner and designer Eric Skillman, chronicles the history of the American comic book through photos and interview-based essays on creators new and old.