National Book Festival
The National Book Festival is a must for book lovers. It used to be one day on a weekend in September but has now been expanded to two days. I have not missed one since its inception and I have loved every one of them. I always encourage my students from JMU to go and this year 8 of them did. They got to see Veronica Roth (the Divergent series), Andrea and Brian Pinkney (Hand in Hand, Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song), and Kevin Henkes (The Year of Billy Miller, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse) and many more children’s and teen authors.