This FREE virtual event will blend together authors, educators, librarians, and book lovers in a fun and safe space where we can learn from one another and find new ways to inspire the 8-14 year old reader. The goal: create lifelong readers! This is a trying time for everyone and books are more important than ever. Let's give Middle Grade some love, with an emphasis on diversity! The festival will consist of panels featuring middle grade authors, as well as teachers and librarians. There will also be pre-taped mini-lessons that educators and librarians will be able to use once the school year begins.