Published March 4, 2022

As part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book, we will offer FREE virtual visits for school groups across the state, featuring authors for preK through high school students. These virtual events will last between 30-45 minutes, be geared towards classroom use, and are available for any Virginia school groups that register in advance.


Tuesday, February 15, 5 PM ET on Zoom
Traci Chee is an award-winning author of books for young people, including Printz Honor Book, Walter Award Honoree, and National Book Award finalist We Are Not Free, which she will discuss in a virtual school presentation for middle and high school students.


Thursday, March 3, 10 AM ET
Cherie Fu, Little Messy Marcy Su
A pitch-perfect rhyming text about messiness that any child and parent can relate to—featuring a unique Chinese-American, intergenerational twist.

Friday, March 4, 10 AM ET
Shannon Hitchcock, She Sang for the Mountains: The Story of Jean Ritchie—Singer Songwriter, Activist
This lyrical picture book biography of songwriter and activist Jean Ritchie-Singer traces her life from the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky to New York City and beyond as her protest songs inspired a nation. 

Tuesday, March 8, 1 PM ET
Juana Medina, Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes
When she learns that Mami is expecting a baby, Juana finds a way to rise to the occasion (despite a few stumbles at skating camp!) in a third episode filled with humor and warmth.

RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, April 6, 11 AM ET
Ruth Behar, Tía Fortuna’s New Home 
A lyrical book about tradition, culture, and togetherness, Tía Fortuna’s New Home explores Tía and Estrella’s Sephardic Jewish and Cuban heritage.

Friday, March 11, 1 PM ET
Sana Rafi, Little Seeds of Promise
When Maya moves to a different country, she feels lonely and lost. Can she take the risk that the special seeds her grandmother gave her―and she―might grow and bloom in this new place?


Monday, March 7, 11 AM ET
Alda P. Dobbs, Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna
Through battlefields and deserts, hunger and fear, Petra will stop at nothing to keep her family safe and lead them to a better life across the U.S. border—a life where her barefoot dreams could finally become reality.


Wednesday, March 2, 1 PM ET
Laura Gao, Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese America
In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as the girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter… a tour de force of graphic storytelling.

Wednesday, March 9, 1 PM ET
M.K. England, The One True Me and You
A big-hearted, joyful romance and a love letter to all things geek, The One True Me and You is a ‘witness me’ celebration of standing up for, and being, yourself.

Educators should register for virtual events to share with students, and then submit students’ questions for any of the authors by emailing them to by March 1. Educators may also plan for students to take part in public Festival events (virtual and in-person), March 16-20, or share videos from those events.

Questions? Email Sarah Lawson at

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