Children’s Bookselling

    Children's Book Council Publishes Online Election Bibliography

    With the 2004 presidential election process in full swing, the Children's Book Council (CBC) has made available on its Web site,, an annotated bibliography of election-related titles for young people in grades K - 12.

    Best Ideas in Children's Bookselling: As Easy as ABC

    The July issue of Building Blocks, the newsletter of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), presented a column entitled "Pannell Best Ideas in Children's Bookselling." The column featured tips for booksellers by the winners of, and nominees for, the 2004 Lucile Micheels Pannell Awards, which are presented annually by the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) to recognize one general bookstore and one children's specialty store that have excelled at creatively bringing books and children together and inspiring children's interest in books and read

    CBC Increases Offerings On the Web

    The Children's Book Council (CBC), an association of trade book publishers and producers of related literary materials for young people, has been steadily expanding its Web site with CBC Online at The site, which is an amalgam of components for an audience of librarians, educators, booksellers, writers, illustrators, parents, and member publishers, offers many resources for the public.

    Ipsos Finds Consumer Spending on Children's Books Increased in a Stagnant Market

    Consumers spent more on children's books in 2003 than for each of the previous seven years, according to Ipsos BookTrends(SM), which announced results of 2003's key findings about the children's book industry in June. The report, based on continuous reporting from a panel of 16,000 households, found that consumer spending on books purchased for children under 14 years old increased nearly 11 percent in 2003 over 2002.

    Independent Booksellers' Kids' Picks Featured on NPR

    On Wednesday, July 7, NPR's Michele Norris interviewed three independent booksellers on the All Things Considered segment "Summer Reading Picks for Kids: Booksellers Make Suggestions for Warm Weather Tales." Norris spoke with Sheilah Egan of A Likely Story Children's Bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia; Johann Hauser-Ulrich of Wild Rumpus Bookstore in Minneapolis; and Judy Burlow of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver.

    Summer 2004 Children's Book Sense Picks

    This week, Book Sense is announcing the Summer 2004 Children's Book Sense Picks, based on the nominations of independent booksellers nationwide. The mailing of printed fliers to stores began on Tuesday, May 25, and booksellers should be receiving them within seven working days.

    To review the Children's Book Sense Picks, click here.

    The 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

    On May 20, Horn Book, Inc. announced the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature. First presented in 1967, the awards are given in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book. This year's winners are:

    Fiction and Poetry: The Fire-Eaters by David Almond (Delacorte)

    Nonfiction: An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (Clarion)

    Programming for Children's Booksellers Abounds at BEA

    Featured speakers at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast will be authors Jamie Lee Curtis (right), Jack Gantos (below left) and Ursula K.

    WNBA Announces Children's Bookseller Award Winners

    The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) has announced the winners of the 2004 Lucile Micheels Pannell Awards.

    Announcing the Winter 2003/2004 Children's Book Sense 76

    The full Winter 2003/2004 Children's Book Sense 76, with bookseller quotes, is now online at Stores should begin receiving copies of the list during the last week of November.

    Children's Book Week: Reading Is a Right!

    National Children's Book Week, which will be held from November 17 - 23, turns a venerable 84-years-old this year. Since 1919, booksellers, educators, librarians, and families have celebrated National Children's Book Week during the week before Thanksgiving to help bring more children in contact with quality children's literature.

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    The Winter 2003/2004 Children's Book Sense 76 Top Ten

    This week, we are announcing the top ten picks for the Winter 2003/2004 Children's Book Sense 76, based on the nominations of independent booksellers nationwide. Book Sense 76 Editor-in-Chief Dan Cullen sends many, many thanks to all the booksellers who nominated titles. He notes, too, that all nominations are crucial. Many factors come into play in selecting the quote that is printed in the full 76, but those that are not published play a very important role in composing the entire list.

    Book Sense in The New Yorker on Sale Now

    The October 6 issue of The New Yorker -- on sale now -- features the latest Book Sense insert, "Just Kidding -- Great Books for Children and Young Adults." The five-page special feature presents the handselling favorites of 12 independent booksellers -- all titles drawn from the fall 2003 Children's Book Sense 76. (To view the full 76, click here.)

    Teen Book Market in Flux

    This is the third in a series of four articles looking at the results of the recently released 2002 Consumer Research Study on Book Purchasing, conducted by Ipsos BookTrends and published by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). This week's focus is the teen (14 to 17 years old) book market.


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