Open to participating students and their family and friends, this event features readings of original works by area middle and high school students who participated in the 2016 Poetry & Prose Contests hosted by the Virginia Festival of the Book.More »
Tuesday: Mar 15
Wednesday: Mar 16
A celebration to launch the 22nd Virginia Festival of the Book and its focus on reading, literature, and literacy. The Virginia Center of the Book recognizes Virginia students who received top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature contest. Virginia Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, is the featured speaker.More »
Frances E. Jensen, MD (The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults) and Dr. Granville Sawyer, Jr. (College in Four Years: Making Every Semester Count) will participate in this discussion about education and life planning for teens, parents, and educators.More »
Thursday: Mar 17
Authors Sara Farizan (Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel), Lamar Giles (Endangered), Meg Medina (Burn Baby Burn), and Wendy Shang (The Way Home Looks Now) share stories featuring American immigrant lives and cultural identities. Moderated by Bert Ashe (Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles).
NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.More »
Friday: Mar 18
Alexandria Searls (Underwater: Exploring Rivers and Streams) will discuss her own work as well as Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center library programs while leading this workshop on skills of exploration and nature observation for students, teachers, parents, and nature guides.More »
Saturday: Mar 19
This program will provide writing and publishing insight for teen writers from young adult fiction authors Robert Beatty (Serafina and the Black Cloak), Jen Swann Downey (The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand), and V.E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows).More »
Sue Fliess (Calling All Cars), Timothy Young (Do Not Open the Box), and Steven Weinberg (You Must Be This Tall) will discuss best practices and behind-the-scenes tips for making “dummy books” as part of the process of developing an illustrated children’s book.More »
Emily Gary and Tom Proutt (Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons) present an interactive musical program for children with selections from both books in their Goodnight Songs Series. The series pairs musical compositions with previously unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown.More »
Tags: StoryFest / Youth
When he’s not writing the next book in the Frank Einstein series, author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales) spends his time supporting Guys Read, his web-based literacy program for boys. Hear how Scieszka promotes reading with the same energy given to his writing, actively seeking to bring boys back to books and make reading fun again.More »
Joan Carris (Bed and Biscuit series), Lisa Martin (Anton and Cecil series), and Kevin Sherry (The Yeti Files series) will discuss their middle grades books about animals—from yetis to kittens—who have something to say.More »
Sunday: Mar 20
Emily Gary and Tom Proutt (A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs) will sign books and perform selections from their Goodnight Songs Series. The series pairs musical compositions with previously unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown. Books will be available for purchase.
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Tags: StoryFest / Youth