Spotlight on Children's Programming at BEA

    BTW asked ABC Executive Director Kristen McLean to share her thoughts on some of the highlights of programming for children's booksellers at BEA.

    By Kristen McLean, Executive Director, Association of Booksellers for Children

    I'm actually very excited about some of the changes and additions to our children's programming this year at BEA.

    WNBA Names 2009 Pannell Winners

    The Women's National Book Association has announced the winners of the 2009 WNBA Pannell Awards, given annually since 1983, to two bookstores that excel in contributing to their communities in ways that bring books and young people together.

    ABC Explores Merger With ABA

    The Association of Booksellers for Children is exploring a variety of options "to keep the organization viable." In a letter sent to ABC's bookseller members via e-mail on March 26, the ABC Board explained, "A possible option would include becoming a division of ABA, a department of ABA, or another configuration that we haven't d

    The Spring 2009 Children's Indie Next List Preview

    With a fun and vibrant design that reflects the energy, verve, and insight of its indie bookseller recommendations, the Spring 2009 Kids' Next List has arrived. The new list can be seen in preview and is now featured on in a clear, interactive format that lets consumers access all of the stellar picks and purchase titles from their favorite independent bookstores.

    2009 Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners Announced

    On Monday, January 26, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its Caldecott and Newbery medals and other awards for the best children's and young adult literature at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

    Among this year's winners were:

    JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins Children's Books


    The Winter '08/'09 Children's Indie Next List Preview

    Here's a preview of the Winter '08/'09 Kids' Indie Next List, which is now featured on in a user-friendly, interactive format that lets consumers peruse these insightful indie recommendations and purchase titles.

    The Winter '08 /'09 Children's Indie Next List

    1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    (Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023481 / 0439023483)

    Kids' Indie Next List Now Featured on

    The Fall '08 Kids' Next List is now featured on in a fun, interactive format that makes it easy for consumers to purchase these insightful indie recommendations.

    ABA Announces First Children's Indie Next List

    The first Children's Indie Next List is now available for preview. The new list showcases not only a wide range of exemplary titles for young readers, as chosen by indie booksellers, but also a new, redesigned format.

    Fall 2008 Children's Indie Next List

    1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (illus.)
    (HarperCollins, $17.99, 9780060530921 / 0060530928)

    Kids' Indie Next List to Debut This Fall: Nominations Needed Now

    This Friday, July 11, is the deadline for nominations for the Fall Children's Indie Next List, which will be the debut kids' Next List.

    The Summer 2008 Book Sense Children's Picks Preview

    The Summer 2008 Book Sense Children's Picks list is available now for preview. The list will be arriving at independent bookstores with Book Sense by the end of this month.

    Can You See What I See? ... in Your Store Window

    To celebrate the publication of On a Scary Scary Night (Cartwheel Books), the sixth book in Walter Wick's Can You See What I See? series, Scholastic Inc. and the American Booksellers Association are teaming up to sponsor the Can You See What I See? store window contest.

    The Summer 2008 Book Sense Children's Pick

    1. SAVVY, by Ingrid Law (Dial, $16.99, 9780803733060/ 0803733062) "Mississippi Beaumont (Mibs, for short) is about to turn 13, and in her unusual family that's when a 'savvy' arrives. One brother can produce electricity. Another causes hurricanes. The special talent that arrives, for her, however, is not at all what she expects. This rollicking novel is full of charm and energy." --Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA

    For Children's Booksellers: Day of Education Sessions, Author Events & More

    Children's booksellers can look forward to special programming every day from Wednesday afternoon, May 28, through Saturday, May 31, at BookExpo America 2008. Among the myriad events are an author's tea, a game show for lovers of books for teens and 'tweens, speed dating with children's authors, a traditional children's book and author breakfast, a mostly silent auction, and more.


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