ABC Presents: Crash Course in Kids' Bookselling

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 -
3:40pm to 4:40pm
23 Lower West ACC

Scenario: your store's children's bookseller is out sick and not one general bookseller has even an inkling about kids’ books. Never fear! Geared towards general booksellers with ZERO experience in the kid’s department, children’s frontlist booksellers on this panel will provide a crash course to prepare any bookseller to head into the children's department. In the session, general booksellers will learn:

  • Key phrases to use when selling a kids book
  • Important questions to ask a child and a parent when selecting a book
  • Signs to look for when selecting a book (shelf talkers, inferences from the cover)
  • Basic important information to always have in their back pocket
  • Where to look for recommendations
Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX); Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople (Autsin, TX); Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI); Christy McDanold, The Secret Garden (Seattle, WA)

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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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