Children's Institute 2020 Program

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020  

10:00 am to 10:50 am ET

Visit the Expo to learn more about ABA Business Partners:

  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • Booklog
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
  • We Need Diverse Books™

10:00 am to 7:00 pm ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited. Hours offered are on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16. Appointments are scheduled in the eastern time zone. Attendees may schedule their appointment by completing the form on www.Bookweb.org.

11:00 am to 11:55 am ET

Celebrate the representation of Black girls in middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy stories as well as the Black female authors who create these characters and works. Authors Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Dhonielle Clayton, and Tracy Deonn will be in conversation to discuss the fandom, world-building, stories, and characters that inspire and excite them as artists and readers.

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm ET

Indies Introduce is all about what independent booksellers do best: Discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. You will hear about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the list and many of the debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the panelists.

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET

Visit the Expo to learn more about ABA Business Partners:

  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • Booklog
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
  • We Need Diverse Books™

From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 to anti-Asian racism to the murder of Black people at the hands of police, over the past months we’ve once again seen the devastating impact of individual and systemic racism on the lives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in the United States. Many White people who want to be supportive are wondering how they can best show up. This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for White people to learn together. In this time, it is important we support and challenge one another, rather than burdening BIPOC with the expectation of educating us. Although this session will center on the role of White people in work for racial justice, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are welcome to attend and participate in the conversation.
Facilitator Ilsa Marie Govan has close to 20 years of experience leading White caucus spaces that are rooted in scholarship and accountable relationships with BIPOC. To find out more about this strategy, you can read her December 2019 article in Diversity Best Practices, “Five Ways an Anti-Racist White Caucus Supports Diversity and Inclusion.”

3:45 pm to 4:40 pm ET

A bookstore's unique voice is as important as the books it sells. During the current public health crisis, without customers browsing the stacks, stores have had to amplify their voices to break through the noise and harness the buying power of online shoppers. In this session, bookstore owners and social media managers will share how they developed their voices, got loud, and captured new customers and drove online sales. The panelists will also explore ideas on maximizing profitablility during this time of increased shipping all the while retaining their new customers.

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm ET

5:40 pm to 6:40 pm ET

We are so sad that we can't be together in person, but we are incredibly excited to see you! In this virtual hangout, booksellers are invited to conclude Children's Institute with a (socially distant) party. Rooms will be set up so booksellers can gather in smaller groups and catch up with each other and ABA staff.

Thursday, July 16, 2020  

9:00 am to 11:00 am ET

Visit the Expo to learn more about ABA Business Partners:

  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • Booklog
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
  • We Need Diverse Books™

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited. Hours offered are on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16. Appointments are scheduled in the eastern time zone. Attendees may schedule their appointment by completing the form on www.Bookweb.org.

10:00 am to 11:00 am ET

Join Newbery Award-winning authors Kwame Alexander and Jerry Craft in conversation as they discuss the roles booksellers played in their own success, how booksellers can encourage a love of reading, the importance of highlighting Black authors and illustrators, and to learn more about their upcoming projects.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET

Booksellers will have the opportunity to meet with publishing reps in a virtual space. Each breakout room will have up to six publishers sharing their top picks for the upcoming season. At the conclusion, all attendees will be directed to a virtual galley room page. Galleys will be organized by publisher and will feature up to five titles per publisher.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Abrams, Sourcebooks, Macmillan, Consortium. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Hachette, Andrews McMeel, Holiday House, Ingram IPS. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Harper Kids, Chronicle, Charlesbridge, Two Rivers. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Simon & Schuster, Groundwood, Phaidon, PGW. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Sleeping Bear, Candlewick, Diamond, Bloomsbury. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET

Visit the Expo to learn more about ABA Business Partners:

  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • Booklog
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
  • We Need Diverse Books™

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited. Hours offered are on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16. Appointments are scheduled in the eastern time zone. Attendees may schedule their appointment by completing the form on www.Bookweb.org.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: North South, Macmillan, Two Rivers. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Booksellers will have the opportunity to meet with publishing reps in a virtual space. Each breakout room will have up to six publishers sharing their top picks for the upcoming season. At the conclusion, all attendees will be directed to a virtual galley room page. Galleys will be organized by publisher and will feature up to 5 titles per publisher.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Blue Manatee, Andrews McMeel, Hachette, Triangle Square, PGW. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Groundwood, Simon & Schuster, Quirk, Ingram IPS. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Sourcebooks, Chronicle, Harper Kids, Consortium. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.

Publisher presentations of upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2020-20201 titles as presented at Virtual Children's Institute in combinations of 4-5 different publishers per session room. Publishers in this video: Workman, Disney, Inkyard, Sterling. Rep Picks packets of title information are available for download here:  https://www.bookweb.org/virtual-ci8-rep-picks-packets.
 

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Visit the Expo to learn more about ABA Business Partners:

  • Book Industry Charitable Foundation
  • Booklog
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
  • We Need Diverse Books™

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited. Hours offered are on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16. Appointments are scheduled in the eastern time zone. Attendees may schedule their appointment by completing the form on www.Bookweb.org.

Join Newbery Award-winning authors Kwame Alexander and Jerry Craft in conversation as they discuss the roles booksellers played in their own success, how booksellers can encourage a love of reading, the importance of highlighting Black authors and illustrators, and to learn more about their upcoming projects.

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