35 Booksellers Win Scholarships to Children’s Institute 2023

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The American Booksellers Association is eager to announce the 35 winners of scholarships to Children's Institute 2023 (Ci2023) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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The awards cover the conference fee, hotel stay, and up to $500 in travel expenses to the June 5–7 event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Behalf of ABA from the scholarship application process

  • Andrew Firment, Jackson Hole Book Trader (Jackson, WY)
  • Athena Potkovic, Old Town Books (Alexandria, VA)
  • Beth Shapiro, Skylark Bookshop (Columbia, MO)
  • Calvin Crosby, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Christy Peterson, Vintage Books (Vancouver, WA)
  • Debra Rivera, Little Bee Bookshop (Ayer, MA)
  • Fawn Fernandes, Curious Capybara Bookshop (Hendersonville, TN)
  • Jon Hayes, Canvasback Books (Klamath Falls, OR)
  • Julie Shimada, Maria's Bookshop (Durango, CO)
  • Kate Snyder, Plaid Elephant Books (Danville, KY)
  • Kenya Kirkman (Provisional Member), (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Rayna Nielsen, Blue Cypress Books (New Orleans, LA)
  • Avery Shelburne, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe (Waco, TX)
  • Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstore (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Danielle Pernell, King's Books (Tacoma, WA)
  • Jennifer Engkraf, Vault Books and Brew (Castle Rock, WA)
  • Lisa McLaughlin, Bookshelf Irvington (Irvington, VA)
  • Maria Green, Green Avenue Books (Meridian, ID)
  • Maryan Liban, Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers (Columbus, OH)
  • Oriana Peñaranda, Xolo Books, LLC (Arlington, VA)
  • Samantha Wood, The Bee's Knees Toys and Books (Central, SC)
  • Sara Putman, Bookish: An Indie Shop for Folks Who Read (Fort Smith, AR)
  • Jaya Anderson, Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)

On Behalf of ABA from the Fall show regional raffles

  • Claire Bone, Wild Sisters Book Company (Sacramento, CA)
  • Katie Pionk, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)
  • Bethany Fast, Reading in Public (West Des Moines, IA)
  • Cortney Yee, Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ)
  • Emanuel Figueroa, Snug Books (Baltimore, MD)
  • Meghan Bousquet, Titcomb's Bookshop (East Sandwich, MA)
  • Charles Hannah, Third Eye Books, Accessories & Gifts (Portland, OR)
  • Amy Rishel, Pass Christian Books (Pass Christian, MS)

On Behalf of ABA from the Ci2022 Costume Contest

  • Elisa McIntosh, The Bookstore Plus Music & Art (Lake Placid, NY)

On Behalf of BINC

  • Elycia Rivera, Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)
  • Karen Barros, Enchanted Children's Bookstore LLC (Collinsville, OK)
  • Melody Wukitch, Severna Park Books & LitCoLab (Severna Park, MD)