ABC Group Presents: Campaigning for Diversity – Expanding Your Inventory and Customer Base

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Monday, February 9, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST

Independent booksellers across the country share a concern about the lack of diversity in children’s books, so what steps can be taken in the ongoing campaign to reach out to new readers and promote diverse titles to all audiences? Whether your store serves a multicultural or homogeneous population, the strength of an indie bookstore is its ability to curate and experiment with title selection. Learn what resources are available for identifying non-majority stories, how to foster conversations among staff and customers about the need for diverse books, and how to ensure your displays represent all cultures and make everyone feel welcome.

  • Elizabeth Bluemle, The Flying Pig Bookstore (Shelburne, VT)
  • Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN)
  • I.W. Gregorio, Author and Vice President of Development, We Need Diverse Books (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sara Hines, Eight Cousins (Falmouth, MA) (Moderator)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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