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Featured Talk with Jonathan Hamilt: Fighting for Queer Stories and Seeds of Change

Featured Talk with Jonathan Hamilt: Fighting for Queer Stories and Seeds of Change (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk with Jonathan Hamilt: Fighting for Queer Stories and Seeds of Change, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
In a world struggling with issues of acceptance and tolerance, Jonathan Hamilt, Executive Director of Drag Story Hour, shares the necessity of LGBTQAI+ family programming. He explores how the powerful art-form of drag teaches young humans about inclusivity, celebrating diversity, the vital freedom of self-expression, and the role bookstores play in building compassionate communities where there is room for everybody’s story on the shelf.
 
Speaker:
Jonathan Hamilt, Drag Story Hour - New York, NY
 

Best Practices for Pre-Order Campaigns

Best Practices for Pre-Order Campaigns (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Best Practices for Pre-Order Campaigns, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
Pre-order campaigns get readers excited for the books YOU'RE excited about and if you’re just starting out, this session is for you. Booksellers will learn about the nuts and bolts of pre-order campaigns including best practices for marketing to customers, what a successful campaign can look like for your business, how pre-order sales can uplift underrepresented voices and genres, and also the importance of reporting pre-order sales.
 
Speakers:
Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstores - Silver Spring, MD
Jessica Palacios, Once Upon A Time Bookstore - Glendale, CA
Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore - Houston, TX
Jess Stauffer, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
 

Averting the Adult Gaze in YA Literature

Averting the Adult Gaze in YA Literature (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Averting the Adult Gaze in YA Literature, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
These days, adults are devouring young adult literature, and more and more YA stories feature teens but in more adult situations. In this panel, booksellers come together to discuss the shift in YA, which genres and tropes actually interest young people, how to make connections with young people in the community in order to better curate your selection, and more strategies for de-centering the adult in "young adult." 
 
Speakers:
Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books - Rhinebeck, NY
Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop - Houston, TX
Stephanie Appell, Freelance Book Reviewer - Grosse Pointe, MI
Eric Smith, PS Literary - Philadelphia, PA
 

Keynote with Nikki Grimes & Brian Pinkney: Tough Topics for Tender Readers

Keynote with Nikki Grimes & Brian Pinkney: Tough Topics for Tender Readers (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Keynote with Nikki Grimes & Brian Pinkney: Tough Topics for Tender Readers, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney know that not every child can take a walk in the woods to soothe the soul after experiencing a devastating loss, but all children can pick up a book that speaks directly to such hurt, or read a story that reminds them they are not alone—provided someone has crafted such a story especially for them. These award-winning creators share how they tackle tough topics for the youngest readers, and why it's so important to do so.
 
Speakers:
Nikki Grimes, Holiday House - New York, NY
Brian Pinkney, Holiday House - New York, NY
Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books - South Bend, IN
 

Featured Talk with Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Gray Areas

Featured Talk with Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Gray Areas (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk with Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Gray Areas, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers
Many industries now stress the importance of racial diversity, but the numbers do not show much progress. In the book industry specifically, Black workers are underrepresented as store owners, may be assigned to positions in the back rather than front of the store, and may observe that titles by Black authors receive less recognition, promotion, and visibility from booksellers. In this session, Adia Wingfield presents data from her forthcoming book Gray Areas to explain how and why these processes persist. Blending interview, survey, and statistical data, Wingfield shows how the everyday, taken-for-granted aspects of work can preclude booksellers from increasing racial diversity, and delivers evidence-based suggestions for how to change this outcome.
 
Speaker:
Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
 
Featured Talk with Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Gray Areas (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk with Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: Gray Areas, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers
Many industries now stress the importance of racial diversity, but the numbers do not show much progress. In the book industry specifically, Black workers are underrepresented as store owners, may be assigned to positions in the back rather than front of the store, and may observe that titles by Black authors receive less recognition, promotion, and visibility from booksellers. In this session, Adia Wingfield presents data from her forthcoming book Gray Areas to explain how and why these processes persist. Blending interview, survey, and statistical data, Wingfield shows how the everyday, taken-for-granted aspects of work can preclude booksellers from increasing racial diversity, and delivers evidence-based suggestions for how to change this outcome.
 
Speaker:
Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
 

Small but Mighty: Creating a Financially Sustainable Business at Any Size

Small but Mighty: Creating a Financially Sustainable Business at Any Size (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Small but Mighty: Creating a Financially Sustainable Business at Any Size, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers
Small bookstores (less than 1000 square feet of selling space) have a lot to share with larger bookstores about financial sustainability. This bookseller-led panel will present innovative ideas for how to manage budgeting, buying, displaying, selling, and returns to keep your store financially stable, no matter the size.
 
Speakers:
Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books - South Bend, IN
Heather Hebert, Children's Book World - Haverford, PA
PK Sindwani, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
 
Small but Mighty: Creating a Financially Sustainable Business at Any Size (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Small but Mighty: Creating a Financially Sustainable Business at Any Size, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers
Small bookstores (less than 1000 square feet of selling space) have a lot to share with larger bookstores about financial sustainability. This bookseller-led panel will present innovative ideas for how to manage budgeting, buying, displaying, selling, and returns to keep your store financially stable, no matter the size.
 
Speakers:
Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books - South Bend, IN
Heather Hebert, Children's Book World - Haverford, PA
PK Sindwani, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
 

Understanding Children’s Social-Emotional Development

Understanding Children’s Social-Emotional Development (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Understanding Children’s Social-Emotional Development, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
Social-emotional development refers to a series of critical developmental processes encompassing a child’s ability to express and manage their emotions and form meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Children need support from the adults in their lives in order to facilitate healthy social-emotional development. With an understanding of social-emotional development, booksellers can better understand young customers and create a supportive and inclusive environment. In this session, Dr. Marietta Collins, a child psychologist and children’s author, will explain the stages of a child’s social and emotional development, how traumas and other adverse experiences can disrupt development, and how adults who work with children can help facilitate their growth even through brief supportive interactions.
 
Speaker:
Dr. Marietta Collins, American Psychological Association - Washington, DC
 
Understanding Children’s Social-Emotional Development (June 6, 2023)
Content related to the education session Understanding Children’s Social-Emotional Development, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
Social-emotional development refers to a series of critical developmental processes encompassing a child’s ability to express and manage their emotions and form meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Children need support from the adults in their lives in order to facilitate healthy social-emotional development. With an understanding of social-emotional development, booksellers can better understand young customers and create a supportive and inclusive environment. In this session, Dr. Marietta Collins, a child psychologist and children’s author, will explain the stages of a child’s social and emotional development, how traumas and other adverse experiences can disrupt development, and how adults who work with children can help facilitate their growth even through brief supportive interactions.
 
Speaker:
Dr. Marietta Collins, American Psychological Association - Washington, DC
 

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