53 Booksellers Named ABC Children’s Institute Scholarship Recipients

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Thanks to the generosity of lead sponsor Baker & Taylor, 38 publisher sponsors, and the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, 53 ABA member booksellers will be attending this June’s ABC Children’s Institute in Orlando, Florida, on scholarship. The awards cover the conference fee, a two-night stay at the host hotel, and up to $400 in travel expenses to the June 21–23 event at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International.

“We extend sincere thanks to all the sponsors of the fourth ABC Children’s Institute,” said Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, the American Booksellers Association’s senior program officer. “Because of their generosity and ongoing commitment to children’s bookselling, more than 50 ABA members will join with their bookselling colleagues from around the country at the outstanding educational program we have planned for this June.”

The recipients of scholarship to the fourth ABC Children’s Institute are:

  • Abrams: Randi O’Brien, HearthFire Books & Treats, Evergreen, CO
  • Albert Whitman & Company: Sean Moor, Gatsby Books, Long Beach, CA
  • Baker & Taylor: Derrick Brunner, The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Baker & Taylor: Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC
  • Baker & Taylor: Amy Daniken, Back of Beyond Books, Moab, UT
  • Baker & Taylor: Leslie Berkler, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
  • Baker & Taylor: Donna Mantei, Island Tales, Balboa Island, CA
  • Baker & Taylor: Holly Frakes, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker & Taylor: Vanessa Gronbach, Bank Street Book Nook, New Milford, CT
  • Baker & Taylor: Kat Imperial, Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ
  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation: Monika Zerzan, Northtown Books, Arcata, CA
  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation: Najma Rogers, The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY
  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation: Erica Merrell, Wild Iris Books, Gainesville, FL
  • Bloomsbury: Genevieve Fuller, Towne Center Books, Pleasanton, CA
  • Candlewick Press: Brandi Stewart, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
  • Capstone Young Readers: Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
  • Charlesbridge Publishing: Debbie Buck, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA
  • Chronicle Books: Stephanie Appell, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
  • Consortium: Sally Young, Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino, CA
  • Creston Books: Beth Stroh, Viewpoint Books, Columbus, IN
  • Disney Book Group: Janelle Smith, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA
  • Disney Book Group: Hannah Lee, Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • DK: Brenda Weaver, Hearthside Books & Toys, Juneau, AK
  • Eerdmans Books for Young Readers: Sally Morgan, The Curious Reader, Glen Rock, NJ
  • Enchanted Lion Books and TOON Books: Dea Lavoie, Second Star to the Right, Denver, CO
  • Flying Eye Books: Annie Turlington, Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, NC
  • Groundwood: Najiyah Maxfield, Daybreak Bookshop, Minneapolis, MN
  • Harlequin: Laurie Funderburk, Books on Broad, Camden, SC
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books: Heidi Tannenbaum, Stories, Brooklyn, NY
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books: Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books, Traverse City, MI
  • Ingram Publisher Services: DeAndra Beard, Beyond Barcodes Bookstore, Kokomo, IN
  • KO Kids Books: Kira Egan, Bank Street Bookstore, New York, NY
  • Lerner Books: Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL
  • Little Bee Books: Kim Krug, Monkey See, Monkey Do, Clarence, NY
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Abbey Paxton, BookBar, Denver, CO
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Katherine Fergason, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
  • Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: Kathleen Carey, The Little Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
  • Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: Hilary Lawlor, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Owlkids: Holly Alexander, Barbara’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL
  • Papercutz: Tamzin Malone, Main Street Books, Lafayette, IN
  • Penguin Young Readers Group: Amy Brabenec, Brookline Booksmith, Bookline, MA
  • Publishers Group West: Paul Boers, The Book Bin, Corvallis, OR
  • Quarto Publishing Group: Emelie Samuelson, The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
  • Random House Children’s Books: Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
  • Scholastic: Kate Brasch, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
  • Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing: Melissa Thorkilsen, Elm Street Books, New Canaan, CT
  • Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing: Dane Ferguson, Ferguson Books & More, Grand Forks, ND
  • Soho Press: Sylla McClellan, Third Street Books, McMinnville, OR
  • Sourcebooks: Tami Furlong, Fundamentals, Delaware, OH
  • Triangle Square/Seven Stories Press: Deserea Russell, Imaginations Bookstore, Columbia, MD
  • Weinstein Books: Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Workman/Algonquin Young Readers: Kate Noreen, MudPuddles Toys & Books, Sherwood, OR
  • Zest Books: Kari Kelly, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD

There is still time for booksellers who are interested in attending the Children’s Institute to register; however, space is limited. The nonrefundable Ci4 conference fee is $89 per bookseller.

Don’t miss out on the Children’s Institute’s six keynote and plenary talks, 10 brand-new education sessions, roundtable discussions, the always-popular Author Reception, Rep Picks Speed-Dating, a Backlist Book Swap Party, a Scholastic Meet & Treat Party, and more. Register now.