ABC Children’s Group

American Booksellers Association ABC Children's Group
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The ABC Children's Group is dedicated to the enrichment and expansion of children's departments and bookstores, and their readers.
Annual dues are $50.

Bookseller benefits include:

  • Free "Snack Nap Read" poster (upon joining)
  • A members-only Discord server
  • A monthly enewsletter, Flashlight, with special tips and offers
  • Quarterly Children's Box mailing
  • 250 free ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalogs

    Show More About the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

    The ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog, full-color and imprintable, contains recommendations from ABC Group children's booksellers nationwide. The catalog may be used to help build your children’s section, elevate holiday sales, educate staff, and as a foundation for local book fairs and teacher nights. The catalog is distributed in the fall of every year and contains primarily front list titles with descriptions and full bibliographic details.

    IndieCommerce members who wish to add the catalog to their sites may use the address:

    Members can contact ABC Group Manager Gen de Botton with any questions or to order copies.
    To view PDF files of recent catalogs, please click the links below. These files are large and may take a few minutes to load completely:
    2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog (full)
    2018 ABC Best Books for Younger Readers catalog (full)
    2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog (full)

  • Children's bookselling marketing designs and resources
  • Occassional exclusive offers relating to ABC Children’s Institute
  • Free admission to the Annual Children's Book Art Silent Auction to Benefit ABFE and Free Speech in Children's Books (currently on hiatus)
  • Indies Introduce debut authors marketing materials and special terms for middle-grade and YA debut titles


Authors, illustrators, publishers, and other supporters of children’s bookselling can request a mailing list of bookstore members. Publisher subscribers can submit titles for consideration to include in the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog, the summer reading program, and the Indies Introduce program.

The entire ABA community benefits from the work and mission of the ABC Group. Any ABA bookstore, regardless of ABC membership, may attend children's bookselling-focused education at ABA events and receive 20 free Best Books for Young Readers catalogs in the box mailing with the option to purchase additional quantities.

To Join

BookstoresJoin as an ABC Group Subscriber. You may also opt-in to the ABC Group with your renewal submission.
If you are not currently an ABA member, join ABA and select the opt-in to ABC Children's Group membership on your application.

Publishers*, Authors, Illustrators and Industry Friends: Join as an ABC Group Subscriber.

*Publishers must be ABA members to subscribe to the ABC Children's Group. Authors and illustrators do not need to be ABA members in order to subscribe to the ABC Children's Group.

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

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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