Published March 2, 2021

This year’s Festival line-up includes picture books for those just learning to read, middle-grade books for the elementary schoolers, and YA page-turners for the teens. Keep reading for some kid-friendly events appropriate for the whole family…

Before the Ever After with Jacqueline Woodson

March 16, 2 PM-2:30 PM: National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson discusses her new book for young readers, Before the Ever After, a stirring novel-in-verse exploring the cost of professional sports on Black bodies and the ways a family moves forward when their glory days have passed. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

Double Draw Dare with Tom Angleberger & Dub Leffler

March 18, 7 PM-7:45 PM: Children’s book author-illustrators Tom Angleberger (DJ Funkyfoot! Butler for Hire) and Dub Leffler (Once There Was a Boy) take part in this interactive event for ages five and up, discussing their award-winning books for young readers. Fun for all ages!

Coming of Age in YA Fiction

March 20, 12 PM-1 PM: Novelists Mahogany Browne (Chlorine Sky), Robin Farmer (Malcolm and Me), and Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College) discuss their coming-of-age YA novels that grapple with race, social justice, family, friendship, and romance.

Girls in the World: Middle Grade Fiction

March 21, 2 PM-3 PM: Middle-grade novelists Elizabeth Bunce (How to Get Away with Myrtle), Hena Khan (Amina’s Song), and Angie Smibert (The Truce) discuss their new stories of girls finding their voices and using their wits to solve mysteries, overcome challenges, and bring people together.

Little Dreamers with Vashti Harrison

March 23, 12 PM-12:30 PM: Vashti Harrison (Little Dreamers) reads from and discusses her work as well as how she became an author-illustrator. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, all of these events are FREE to attend and open to the public. Video recordings from most events will also be available to watch after events concludes, on, but please check individual event pages for more details about specific event accessibility.

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