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Thank you for joining us at the American Booksellers Association’s 2021 Children’s Institute

Held virtually from Monday, August 30, through Wednesday, September 1


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Ci9 Opening Keynotes


Nicola & David Yoon

Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything, and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner.


David Yoon

David Yoon is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frankly in Love, a William C. Morris Award finalist and Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Honor book, as well as the YA novel Super Fake Love Song and the adult thriller Version Zero.



Ci9 Closing Keynotes


Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic whose poetry has been published in PEN American, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals. He is the host of the new SONOS podcast Object of Sound.



Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author as well as a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award winner. In addition to over a decade in TV/film, her books include Grown and Blackout.



Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include All American Boys, the Track series, Long Way Down, For Everyone, and Stamped.



Tami Charles

Tami Charles

Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of young people’s literature, and in her teens and early 20s was a member of an all-girl R&B trio. Her many books include the YA novel Muted and the picture book All Because You Matter.




As we come together for Children’s Institute, ABA acknowledges that those of us here in the United States reside on traditional lands of indigenous people past and present. In gratitude, ahead of each event, ABA makes a donation to the American Indian College Fund to honor the indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial and to express our appreciation.
All Children’s Institute attendees are expected to adhere to ABA’s Code of Conduct.
ABA is committed to the education of all bookstore members. To make long-distance learning accessible, ABA records programming and disseminates the content on BookWeb whenever possible. Attendees participating on video and/or text chat as panelists and in the audience will be recorded for these purposes.
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