Children’s Bookselling

19 Nov

Top Indie Recommendations for Kids & Young Adults: Winter 2001 - 2009

The number-one indie title recommendations for kids for winter 2001 through 2009 are now featured in an attractive downloadable PDF flier.

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12 Nov

The Winter Children's Indie Next List Preview

The Winter 2009/2010 Kids' Indie Next List can now be seen in preview online. The four-page, full-color flier will be arriving at indie bookstores in the upcoming quarterly Children's White Box.

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10 Nov

The Winter '09/'10 Children's Indie Next List

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780385737944)
"James Dashner's The Maze Runner is a fast-paced, disorienting, and frighteningly adventurous story, one that any fan of The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies is sure to love." --Kyla Paterno, Garfield Book Company at PLU, Tacoma, WA

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04 Nov

ABC's 'Best Books for Children' to Arrive in Kids' White Box

In a strategic move that will increase its 2009 catalog circulation by 75 percent, the Association of Booksellers for Children is distributing a quantity of its 2009 Best Books for Children catalog to all of the ABA member stores receiving the Winter Children's White Box mailing this month. This is in addition to the 260 ABC members that already receive the catalog.

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04 Nov

Nominations Sought for 2010 Pannell Awards

The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Pannell Awards, honoring bookstores in the U.S. that excel at inspiring interest in reading and creatively bringing books and young people together.

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17 Jun

Kids' Booksellers Give It Away to Get It Back

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14 May

The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List Preview

A new season of insightful indie booksellers' recommendations for the next great reads in children's and young adult titles -- featured in a four-page list with a bold, bright, and fun design -- will be arriving soon in bookstores in the Summer 2009 Kids' Next List.

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11 May

The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List

1. Radiant Darkness: A Novel by Emily Whitman
(Greenwillow, $16.99, 9780061724497 / 0061724491)
"Emily Whitman has written an inventive retelling of the myth of Persephone's kidnapping by Hades and her stay in the Underworld. In this version, she is a willing participant in the seduction, but then has to establish herself as an equal in her relationship with Hades. Are there modern overtones? Yes, and they help make Radiant Darkness a very good story." --Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

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07 May

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.

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01 May

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.

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02 Apr

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

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12 Feb

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.

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26 Jan

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


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13 Nov

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.

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