Three Caldecott-Winning Illustrators Join for Keynote Conversation at 2017 Virginia Children’s Book Festival

Three of the nation’s most sought-after illustrators—each of them recognized with a Caldecott Medal in the last three years—will appear together for the first time at the 2017 Virginia Children’s Book Festival. The trio, who will present the keynote conversation for this year’s festival, set for Oct. 19-21, are: Dan Santat, who was awarded the 2015 Caldecott Medal for his book The         Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Sophie Blackall, who delighted and inspired groups of children at the 2015 VCBF and was awarded the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in the book Finding Winnie. Javaka Steptoe, a New … Continue reading

Volunteer Orientations Set!

Are you volunteering at the 2017 VCBF? If so, we have two orientation sessions for your convenience. Orientation is mandatory, so please join us at one of the following: Saturday, October 7th, 9-10am in Blackwell Ballroom Wednesday, October 11th in Lankford Student Union   If you can’t attend either orientation session, please email our volunteer coordinator, Nikki Kain, at

Virginia Children’s Book Festival plans exciting, interactive programming with star-studded author lineup

Just three months away, the Virginia Children’s Book Festival again promises three days of dynamic and innovative programs designed to inspire children from across the commonwealth to read—or write and illustrate their own stories. As in years past, the VCBF is anchored by a star-studded lineup of some of the most acclaimed authors and illustrators in the country. The  2017 lineup features Newbery and Caldecott honorees—the most prestigious awards for children’s books—a National Book Award finalist and several New York Times best-selling authors, in addition to up-and-coming writers who are on the cusp of becoming household names. Students who attend the … Continue reading