ABC Children’s Institute

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02 Jul
Alyssa Milano and Kris Kleindienst in conversation at Children's Institute

Ci7 Keynote: Alyssa Milano on the Importance of Activism

Milano appeared in conversation with Kris Kleindienst to talk about the first book in her upcoming middle-grade series as well as her lifelong efforts as a social activist.

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02 Jul

Hitting the Road With Indie Booksellers: A Recap of the Full-Day Bookstore Tour at Ci7

Here from Tegan Tigani, ABA Board member and children’s book buyer at Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle, is a recap of the full-day bookstore tour held last week during the 2019 Children’s Institute.

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28 Jun

Booksellers at Ci7 Talk Event Strategies at Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Workshop

Booksellers gathered to share ideas and discuss the issue of diversity in booksellers’ stores and communities. 

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28 Jun
Annie Carl at Town Hall

First Children’s Institute Town Hall Tackles Industry Problems and Solutions

Topics discussed included more education targeted to different types of bookstores, bookseller sustainability, and how children’s books are publicly perceived.

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28 Jun

Indie Booksellers Bring Enthusiasm, Excitement to Seventh Annual Children’s Institute

The city of Pittsburgh welcomed 330 children’s booksellers from 230 indie bookstores, 70 authors, and numerous publishers and bookselling friends this week for the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute.

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27 Jun

Ci7 Keynote: Ann Patchett on How Owning a Bookstore Opens Doors

In addition to her keynote, Patchett attended Children’s Institute to promote her very first children’s book, Lambslide.

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27 Jun

James Patterson Honored at Children’s Institute

The author received a plaque in appreciation of his support of independent bookstores through his annual Holiday Bookstore Bonus program and other initiatives.

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19 Jun

72 Hours in Pittsburgh: A Suggested Itinerary for Ci7

In the dozens of conversations I’ve had with friends and family about where my work travels are taking me next, I’ve been hearing the same refrain: “Pittsburgh is awesome!” See you there in seven days!

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19 Jun

BTW to Arrive Next Friday From Children’s Institute

For its next issue, Bookselling This Week will be reporting from the seventh annual Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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19 Jun

Take a Sneak Peek at ABA’s Costumes for the Children’s Institute Costume Party!

ABA staff are putting the finishing touches on their costumes for the second Ci7 Welcome Reception and Costume Party, which all booksellers are encouraged to attend. 

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19 Jun

Ci7 Attendees: Remember to Pack Books to Donate to Pittsburgh’s OASIS Tutoring Program

OASIS helps high-need children in first through fourth grades learn to read at grade level with the help of volunteer adults over age 50.

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19 Jun

ABA to Hold First-Ever Children’s Institute Town Hall

The event will provide booksellers with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns and to share ideas with ABA Board members and staff in a less formal setting. 

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19 Jun

Registration Now Closed for Children’s Institute

Booksellers can reach out to ABA directly for last-minute entry into the ABC Children’s Institute and sign up on-site for the Events University, quidditch, and bookstore tours.

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19 Jun

Ci7 App: Use the Map

Children’s Institute attendees can check out maps of the host hotel and the city of Pittsburgh on the Ci7 app, among other helpful features.

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19 Jun

Booksellers to “Mix & Mingle” With Publisher Sponsors at Children’s Institute

Participating bookstores and publisher sponsors will meet for five minutes each, providing an opportunity to productively address issues of concern one-on-one.

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