Children’s Bookselling

02 Jan
Children's Book Week 2019 logo

Sign Up to Host a Children’s Book Week Event

The Children’s Book Council is calling on booksellers, librarians, and teachers to sign up to be an official event host during the 100th anniversary celebration, which will take place from April 29 to May 5.

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18 Dec

Brigid Kemmerer on Winter Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “A Curse So Dark and Lonely”

“This book is nonstop action from the opening sentence to the last paragraph,” says Carrie Deming of The Dog Eared Book. “I fell in love with all of the characters and the world they inhabit.”

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10 Dec
Hooray for Books bookstore interior

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Strategies for Children’s Bookstores

Guest booksellers talked about developing non-author events, working with youth advisory councils, connecting with customers online, hosting book fairs, and building relationships with area teachers.

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28 Nov
19 Nov

Apply for a Scholarship to Children’s Institute by December 4

Stores that did not have a Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply; scholarships cover the conference fee, airfare or ground transportation up to $400, and three hotel nights.

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19 Nov
2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog cover

For More Page Views, Add the Best Books for Young Readers Catalog to Your Website

The 2018 ABC Best Books digital catalog is mobile-friendly and easily integrated by IndieCommerce staff with no work necessary for bookstores.

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19 Nov

Children’s Book Council Prepares for 100th Anniversary Celebration of Children’s Book Week

The 2019 celebration will feature a new logo and theme, works by 20 featured illustrators, activities in 15 languages, and more.

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14 Nov
Children's Institute 7 logo

Children’s Institute Scholarships Up for Grabs: Act Now

Booksellers who are interested in attending the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have until December 4 to submit their names for the opportunity to win a scholarship.

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01 Nov

The Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here’s a preview of the 52 titles on the Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ White Box.

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29 Oct
2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog cover

Add the 2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog to Your Website

The full-color, 20-page consumer circular features more than 200 frontlist and backlist titles for children and teens, all suggested by ABA member booksellers; it also carries no fourth-quarter/holiday branding so booksellers can use it throughout the year.

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17 Oct

2019 ABC Children’s Institute Scholarship Application Process Continues

ABA is committed to awarding a number of 2019 Children’s Institute scholarships to booksellers from diverse backgrounds. All applications to next year’s event in Pittsburgh are due December 4, 2018.

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17 Oct
The space for Wishing Tree Books in Spokane, Washington

Wishing Tree Books to Bring Inclusive Space to Spokane, Washington

Longtime bookseller Janelle Smith is opening her own store in April. Wishing Tree’s goal, she said, “is to connect through stories and to create compassion and understanding.”

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16 Oct
2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog cover

The 2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Arrives in Stores

Booksellers have the opportunity to supplement their catalog supplies with extra stock and to add a digital version of the catalog to their websites.

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11 Sep
The Light Between Worlds

Laura E. Weymouth on Fall Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “The Light Between Worlds”

“Laura Weymouth’s debut is a captivating tale of two sisters struggling to find home and to find themselves,” said Hannah Wilson of Out West Books.

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04 Sep

Ci6 Education: Planning and Executing Successful Large-Scale Events

Four booksellers discussed how they organize large-scale author events both in their stores and off-site, from selecting a venue to ticketing to communicating with staff, publicists, and attendees.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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