Nominations Needed for New Spring Kids' List

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This Friday, January 12, is the deadline for the Spring Book Sense Children's Picks, the debut of the fourth kids' list. Nominations of children's and young adult titles that independent booksellers will be enthusiastically handselling this spring may be sent to [email protected] or via a convenient web form on

The additional Children's Picks list is being produced in conjunction with the first quarterly Children's-specific White Box mailing, to be sent to stores in February. Subsequent Children's White Boxes will be sent to stores in May, August, and November.

The Children's White Boxes, which supplement the current monthly Red and White Box programs, were announced in October 2006, when Mark Nichols, director of Book Sense marketing, explained, "[Book Sense] has heard both from children's publishers and from booksellers specializing in children's books or with active children's sections in general bookstores who have asked that we offer services targeted more closely to their marketing and sales needs. We're very pleased and excited that Book Sense can now respond to those requests."

Booksellers are reminded that in order to receive the regular monthly mailings and the new quarterly Children's White Box, they must participate in the Book Sense marketing program in at least two of the following five ways:

  • Maintain a permanent Book Sense store display featuring the current Picks fliers and titles from other Picks lists that are appropriate to their market

  • Report store sales at least three weeks out of each month to the Book Sense Bestseller List (Questions about reporting options should be addressed to Associate Book Sense Marketing Director Meg Smith at [email protected].)

  • Nominate at least one book each quarter to the Book Sense Picks lists. (Nominations may be sent to the attention of Book Sense Picks Editor-in-Chief Dan Cullen via e-mail to [email protected] or via an easy-to-use nomination form.)

  • Participate in the Book Sense Gift Card Program.

  • Participate in