Children’s Bookselling

23 Jan

ALA Announces 2006 Newbery, Caldecott Winners

Here are the winners of the 2006 John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals, along with other award winners and honor books, announced on Monday, January 23, at the 2006 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio.

Newbery Medal (for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins)

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17 Nov

Announcing the Winter 2005/2006 Children's Book Sense Picks

The Winter 2005/2006 Children's Book Sense Picks can now be previewed on

Booksellers should be receiving the Children's Picks fliers at their stores soon.

The list is the result of enthusiastic nominations from independent booksellers nationwide, both children's specialty stores and general independents.

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18 Oct

Children's Book Week Helps Young People "Imagine"

The 86th annual Children's Book Week, sponsored by the Children's Book Council (CBC), will be celebrated this year from November 14 to November 20. CBC, the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of books and materials for children and young adults, holds the annual event to celebrate the written word and to introduce young people to new authors and ideas in schools, bookstores, libraries, and homes.

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07 Sep

BookExpo America Calls for 2006 Speaking Proposals

BookExpo America is inviting the book industry to submit proposals for BEA 2006 Special Events and Education Programs, which will be held from Thursday, May 18, through Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

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15 Jun

Children's Booksellers Find Much to Celebrate at BEA

The business of children's bookselling, award-winning authors and booksellers, and the best of publishers' children's lists were all part of Thursday's and Friday's program at this year's BookExpo America.

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24 May

Chris Crutcher on Writing for Teenagers, Intellectual Freedom, The Sledding Hill & More

Book-banning is familiar territory for Chris Crutcher: Each of his nine books has caught the attention of censors around the country. It is fitting, then, that his latest novel, The Sledding Hill (Greenwillow Books), a Summer 2005 Book Sense Children's Pick, explores friendship, grief, growing up -- and a censorship attempt at an Idaho high school.

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19 May

Newmarket Press and Book Sense Announce Plans for Book Sense Best Children's Books

Building on the success of Book Sense Best Books: 125 Favorite Books Recommended by Independent Booksellers, Newmarket Press and Book Sense are teaming up once again -- to publish Book Sense Best Children's Books: Favorites for All Ages Recommended by Independent Booksellers. The new title, to be published in September 2005, will feature more than 200 "favorite book" recommendations from independent booksellers with Book Sense.

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19 May

Book Sense Introduces Revamped Children's Bestsellers List

Looking to better represent the nature of children's bookselling and publishing, Book Sense has revamped its Children's Bestsellers List by breaking out bestsellers into three categories: "Children's Interest," "Illustrated," and "Series Fiction."

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28 Apr

BEA -- Five Weeks and Counting

This week, BTW shines a spotlight on Thursday, June 2, programming at this year's BookExpo America (BEA) for children's booksellers, for African-American booksellers, and for college stores. BEA will be held from June 2 - 5, at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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12 Apr

Putting Potter Plans on Paper

In the coming weeks and months, Bookselling This Week would like to shine the spotlight on booksellers who have developed special events to celebrate the Saturday, July 16, release of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Scholastic).

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10 Mar

Children's Booksellers to Celebrate Books, Authors, and Anniversaries at BEA

Strains of "At the Copa" may be heard as children's booksellers make their way to BookExpo America 2005 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the first week in June. Educational programming for children's booksellers is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, and the day concludes with a dinner and auction at Manhattan's legendary Copacabana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC).

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23 Sep

Looking at Life From Both Sides Now: Melissa Lion, Bookseller/Author

From her spot behind the counter at Diesel: A Bookstore, in Oakland, California, bookseller Melissa Lion recommends great reading from her current favorite genre, young adult fiction.

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21 Sep

Kids' Authors & Illustrators Sought for BEA Breakfast

The Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee, which is composed of representatives of ABA, the Association of Booksellers for Children, and the Children's Book Council, is inviting publishers exhibiting at BookExpo America 2005 in New York City to suggest children's book illustrators and authors for consideration as speakers at the Children's Book and Author Breakfast.

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08 Sep

Some Stories Are Meant to Be Heard: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Usually, when an author's book is nominated for an award it is cause for celebration, but for author and eighth-grade English teacher Jordan Sonnenblick -- whose book, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, was nominated in July 2004 for the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA, a divis

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02 Sep

Children's Book Council Publishes Online Election Bibliography

With the 2004 presidential election process in full swing, the Children's Book Council (CBC) has made available on its Web site,, an annotated bibliography of election-related titles for young people in grades K - 12.

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