American Booksellers Association ABC Children's Group

    ABC Children’s Group

    The ABC Children’s Group is dedicated to growing and expanding the reach of children’s books. For booksellers, benefits include a members listserv; 250 free ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalogs; dedicated children’s bookselling education at the annual ABC Children’s Institute and other events; exclusive offers relating to ABC Children’s Institute; and member prices for the ABC Group’s annual BookExpo events. Authors, illustrators, publishers, and other supporters of children’s bookselling can subscribe to the ABC Group listserv and request a mailing list of bookstore members. (Benefits are detailed below.) Annual dues are $50.

    The entire ABA community benefits from the work and mission of the ABC Group at ABA. Any ABA bookstore, regardless of ABC membership, may attend children's bookselling-focused education at ABA events; promote the annual E.B. White Read Aloud Awards; and receive 20 free ABC Children's Best Books for Young Readers catalogs with the option to purchase additional quantities.

    To Join

    Bookstores: Contact Gen de Botton, ABC Group Manager, to join. 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.

    Bookstore Benefits

    • Free "Snack Nap Read" poster (upon joining)
    • A dedicated listserv
    • An e-newsletter with the latest updates on the ABC Group and in children's bookselling
    • Exclusive benefits realting to the ABC Children's Institute
    • Annual Summer Reading Program
    • Children's bookselling marketing designs and resources

      Give Me Summer! Give Me Books!, the national summer reading program for kids, open to all ABA member bookstores. The program’s goal is to build a strong community of readers by bringing independent bookstores, local schools, and libraries together to encourage kids to read.

      A committee of booksellers from across the country selected the 18 featured titles, which are tailored to children in three different age groups: Kindergarten–Grade 2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–8.

      Give Me Summer! Give Me Books! challenges young customers to read six books during the summer months. At least three of those six books should be on the list of suggested titles and purchased from a local independent bookstore. Participating stores are then asked to choose appropriate rewards or prizes for children who complete the program, as well as for the local school with the highest number of participating students.

      Logos, bookmarks, gift certificates, letter-size and high-resolution posters, a sortable list of titles with ISBNS, a letter-to-schools template, and an updated media kit are available now in BookWeb’s Designs and Downloads.

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    • 250 free copies of the annual ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog, a consumer circular featuring front and backlist titles, with the ability to order custom imprinted catalogs in larger quantities

      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.

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      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:
      2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog (full)
      2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog (full)
      2014 ABC Best Books for Children catalog (full)
      2013 ABC Best Books for Children catalog (full)
      2012 ABC Best Books for Children catalog (full)
      2011 ABC Best Books for Children catalog (full)
      2010 ABC Best Books for Children catalog (full)

    • Indies Introduce debut authors marketing materials and special terms for middle-grade and YA debut titles

      Show More About Indies Introduce

      Independent booksellers across the country twice yearly discover and champion twenty titles as the best new talent to share with customers. Indies Introduce highlights 10 children’s debut books selected by teams of booksellers, who seek out the best by first-time authors. Publishers provide varying incentives for titles chose to be in the Indies Introduce program. Each season, the titles, blurbs, and DIY materials are added to's Design and Downloads section. Indies Introduce also highlights 10 adult titles chosen by a separate panel of booksellers.

    • The exclusive right to purchase tickets to the ABC Group's annual BookExpo events, which focus on children’s authors and illustrators
    • Free admission to the Annual Children's Book Art Silent Auction to Benefit ABFE and Free Speech in Children's Books
    • Exclusive voting privileges for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

      Show More About the E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

      The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, established in 2004, honor books that reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White in his classic books for children: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. In the first two years of the award, a single book was selected. In 2006, in recognition of the fact that reading aloud is a pleasure at any age, the award was expanded into two categories: Picture Books, and Older Readers. The winners are announced during the Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch at BookExpo America, and the shortlist books that remain receive E. B. White Read Aloud Honors.

      Click here for E.B. White DIY sticker files.

      Criteria and Selection Process

      Each year in January, a committee of independent booksellers nominates a list of new books (published the previous year) that they believe most embody the ideal of a good “Read Aloud.” Stores are allowed to put in more than one nomination, and are encouraged to get their employees involved in the nomination process. This list is narrowed down by the committee over a series of conversations, until they arrive at a short list of favorites.

      The shortlist is announced annually in April, and then independent booksellers from across the nation vote online to pick a single winner for each category. The winners are announced at ABA’s ABC Children’s Institute, and the shortlist books that remain receive E.B. White Read Aloud Honors.

      For more detailed information and a FAQ about the E.B. White Awards click here.

    Subscriber Benefits

    • A dedicated listserv
    • Mailing list upon request

    Publishers can submit titles for consideration to include in:

    • The ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog
    • Summer Reading Program
    • Indies Introduce program

    *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.