Phoenix, Arizona | June 20-22, 2022
Join us for the 10th Anniversary of Children’s Institute (Ci10)!
At the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
June 20, 2022–June 22, 2022
ABA is proud to present this 10th annual industry event filled with special programming for children’s focused and general bookstores, as well as keynotes, an author reception, and a special celebration for Juneteenth. Registration is now closed.


Missed registration? On July 13, ABA will host a Virtual Children’s Institute. A one-day digital experience following the in-person Children’s Institute in Phoenix.






Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the Unstoppable trilogy, Even Greater Mistakes: Stories, Never Say You Can’t Survive, The City in the Middle of the Night, and All the Birds in the Sky. She’s won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford, and Locus Awards. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, Tor.com, Tin House, and other places. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week, and she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.


Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is a lawyer, leadership coach, photographer, author, and activist. Her latest book, The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy, beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy. She is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and serves on the board of the Houston Coalition Against Hate. Karen has been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She curates the award-winning blog Chookooloonks, is the host of The Make Light Show, and is the author and photographer of The Beauty of Different. Karen and her family live in Houston, Texas.


Danielle Greendeer

Danielle Greendeer

Danielle Greendeer is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and works in the areas of tribal governance, cultural perpetuation, and food sovereignty. Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story is her debut book, co-written with Anthony Perry and Alexis Bunten. She lives in Mashpee.


Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the bestselling author of books for all ages, including the AIYLA winning Hearts Unbroken; she is also the anthologist of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids. Most recently, she was named the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate, and is the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She serves on the MFA faculty in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.


Traci Sorrell

Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for children featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies. Her books include We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga and We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, and she is a multiple-time AIYLA Honor and Sibert Honor winner. A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located.



Children's Institute is extra special this year. It is the 10th anniversary of Children’s Institute and the industry's first in-person event since January 2020. This three-day event will offer an exciting lineup of keynote presentations, authors, 20 education sessions, idea exchanges, IndieCommerce one-on-ones, affinity group meet-ups, networking events, receptions, and parties, including a special Junteenth celebration and the attendee favorite Children’s Book Character Costume Party.

After two years of meeting virtually, we are ecstatic for the chance to gather together, especially at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore. Make this an extended trip and take advantage of the amenities the Biltmore has to offer.

Watch Bookselling This Week (BTW) for details in the coming weeks.


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