Whether you’re a classroom teacher, librarian, parent, or someone who wants to share a love of reading with the young people in your life, we invite you to check out these resources from the Virginia Center for the Book…
Discover Great Places Through Reading
Discover Great Places Through Reading is a list of books representing the literary heritage of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, updated annually as part of the National Book Festival. Almost all selections are for young readers. Virginia’s 2020 Great Reads selection was The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson.
Watch Kwame discuss his book with librarian Tasha Birckhead, followed by Tasha’s reading of the book on Shelf Life: Great Reads featuring The Undefeated
Route One Reads
Explore books recommended from each Center for the Book along Route One, from Maine to Florida. Annual lists, along selected genres, are shared on the Route One Reads website. Virginia’s 2020 Route One Reads selection was The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Voice-Overs broadsides, exploring words and poetry through art
Virginia Festival of the Book
Festival program topics that may be of interest:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Books for young readers
Please note: We’re Going to Be O.K. is available for free download here. We have print copies, in English or Spanish, available for classrooms upon request, as supplies last. Write firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Coming in June 2021: Mack’s Corner
Mack’s Corner, half-hour episodes hosted by Welford “Mack” McLellan, Jr., and made available weekly, each featuring a children’s book and including reading, brief discussion with the author, and more, built around the book’s content. Confirmed titles and authors:
The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff by Marc Boston
My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams by Amanda Lynch
Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria
Colors at First Sight by Vallean Jackson
Definitely Dominguita by Terry Catasús Jennings
Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (please note that Ms. Woodson will not be participating)
Plus many others! Stay tuned for more details.