963 results. Results may be paginated. Select one or more topics and filter by tag, format, or conference to focus results. Some resources are visible only to logged-in, ABA bookseller members.

Lightning Talk: The Right to Read Handbook with Philomena Polefrone (ABA)

Lightning Talk: The Right to Read Handbook with Philomena Polefrone (ABA) (July 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Lightning Talk: The Right to Read Handbook with Philomena Polefrone (ABA), Lightning Talks.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Advocacy & Civic Engagement
Tags:
  • ABFE
ABA's Lightning Talk series features booksellers presenting 5-10 minute talks on tech tools, organizational strategies, communication methods, or innovations they’ve made in their stores. On July 11, 2024, ABA's Advocacy Associate Manager, Philomena Polefrone, discussed the forthcoming Right to Read Handbook
 

Lightning Talk - Supporting Indie Authors with Aysia Brown (Protagonist Black)

Lightning Talk - Supporting Indie Authors with Aysia Brown (Protagonist Black) (July 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Lightning Talk - Supporting Indie Authors with Aysia Brown (Protagonist Black), Lightning Talks.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Buying & Inventory Management
Tags:  None

ABA's Lightning Talk series features booksellers presenting 5-10 minute talks on tech tools, organizational strategies, communication methods, or innovations they’ve made in their stores. On June 11, 2024, Aysia Brown of Protagonist Black. (Pomona CA) discussed Supporting Indie Authors

 

Files & Links

Slide Deck

 

Lightning Talk: Community Outreach with Morgan Haywood-Joy (Greenlight Bookstore)

Lightning Talk: Community Outreach with Morgan Haywood-Joy (Greenlight Bookstore) (July 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Lightning Talk: Community Outreach with Morgan Haywood-Joy (Greenlight Bookstore), Lightning Talks.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Partnerships & Community Relationships
Tags:  None

 

ABA's Lightning Talk series features booksellers presenting 5-10 minute talks on tech tools, organizational strategies, communication methods, or innovations they’ve made in their stores. On July 11, 2024, Morgan Haywood-Joy of Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY) discussed Community Outreach.

Files & Links
Slide Deck

 

Closing Keynote with Rex Ogle and Mark Oshiro: Queer Stories For Community

Closing Keynote with Rex Ogle and Mark Oshiro: Queer Stories For Community (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Closing Keynote with Rex Ogle and Mark Oshiro: Queer Stories For Community, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, which won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; Abuela, Don’t Forget Me, a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; and Punching Bag, a NYPL Best Book of the Year.

Mark Oshiro is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning Latinx queer author of Anger Is a GiftEach of Us a Desert, and Into the Light, as well as several middle-grade books and co-author (with Rick Riordan) of The Sun and the Star.

Kai Burner (he/they) has been a proud member of the book industry since 2016. He is currently the Assistant Manager and Children’s/Gift Buyer at the Bookworm of Edwards, serves on ABA’s Bookseller Advisory Council and Children’s Council, and is a board member of their local pride organization, Mountain Pride.

Files & Links
Speakers
Mark Oshiro, Jasmine Is Haunted (Macmillan Children's Publishing)

Rex Ogle, Road Home (Norton Young Readers)

Kai Burner, Bookworm of Edwards - Edwards, CO

Planning Your Calendar to Navigate the Unexpected

Planning Your Calendar to Navigate the Unexpected (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Planning Your Calendar to Navigate the Unexpected, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Operations & Personnel Management
Tags:  None
How you plan your calendar impacts the flow of business. Knowing what’s coming down the pike can better help you navigate surprises. This session asks you to review what you can anticipate during any calendar year and plot the constants (holidays, frontlist ordering windows, weekly bestseller reporting, ABACUS, national and regional events) so that when variables (staff vacations, events & book fairs, emergencies) arise, you already have one foot out of triage and can better handle whatever comes at you.
Files & Links
Speakers
Courtney Wallace, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY

Jennifer Sauter-Price, Read Early And Daily R.E.A.D. - Arlington, VA

Rene Holderman, Third Place Books - Lake Forest Park, WA

Melissa Taylor, E. Shaver, Bookseller - Savannah, GA

Publisher Presentations & Lunch

Publisher Presentations & Lunch (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Publisher Presentations & Lunch, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
Hear about great upcoming titles from more of Children’s Institute’s publisher sponsors. 
Files & Links

 

Social Emotional Learning With Romance

Social Emotional Learning With Romance (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Social Emotional Learning With Romance, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
With young adult and middle-grade readers enjoying romance, it’s no secret that romance is good for business and good for young people who are exploring their identities and feelings. Whether it’s their first crush or a big love song-worthy experience, this discussion-based session will examine how reading about romantic relationships can be a young person’s first experience with different expressions of identities in relationships, creating boundaries, and giving/receiving consent — all while growing your business.
Files & Links
Speakers
Danielle Pernell, King's Books - Tacoma, WA

Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books - Rhinebeck, NY

Haley Calvin, The Novel Neighbor - Webster Groves, MO

Sydney Wilson, Little Shop of Stories - Decatur, GA

Social Responsibility and Children’s Bookselling

Social Responsibility and Children’s Bookselling (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Social Responsibility and Children’s Bookselling, Children's Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
 
This idea exchange acknowledges that books are a luxury and children who don’t have access to books won’t have access unless a concerted effort is made by a bookstore. We will assess the role of a community bookstore, critique school events, and connect ways in which bookstores can integrate financially accessible or no-cost ways to deliver books to children — strengthening community bonds and infusing all young people with a lifelong love of reading while remaining fiscally conscious of the business.
 
Files & Links
Speakers
  • Tanvi Rastogi, Dog-Eared Books - Ames, IA
  • Pranoo Kumar, Rohi's Readery - West Palm Beach, FL
  • sweet pea Flaherty, King's Books - Tacoma, WA
  • Latanya Devaughn, Bronx Bound Books - Bronx, NY

Utilizing Category Turns To Leverage Profits

Utilizing Category Turns To Leverage Profits (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Utilizing Category Turns To Leverage Profits, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Buying & Inventory Management
Tags:  None
Measuring turns is a good indicator of the vitality of your children’s department or bookstore. The session will explain turns in terms of your business’ health, compare children’s bookstore and children’s categories’ turns to general bookstores and non-children’s categories, teach booksellers how to measure turns, and the importance of watching them. With a foundational understanding, attendees will be allotted time during the session to brainstorm goal-setting and plans for growth for underperforming categories.
Files & Links
Speakers
Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books & Toys - Zionsville, IN

Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing

Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing (June 12, 2024)
Content related to the education session Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Cheryl Willis Hudson is an author, editor, publisher, and respected member of the children’s book community. She is co-founder of Just Us Books, publisher and packager of books that celebrate African American children, as well as co-author of Bright Eyes, Brown SkinWhen I See Spirituals is Cheryl's first book for Holiday House.

Kwame Mbalia is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Tristan Strong series and the publisher of Freedom Fire, an imprint of Disney Hyperion devoted to stories about the Black diaspora by Black creators.

Bria Ragin is an Editor at Delacorte Press, where she works on middle grade and young adult fiction, and edits for Joy Revolution, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books co-founded by authors Nicola and David Yoon, focusing on commercial teen romances written by and about people of color.

Britt J. Camacho (she/her) is ABA’s DEIA & Communications Senior Copy Editor, where she reviews content and language standards across the organization for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. She believes that language is a means of freedom, and that stories help us build the future.

Files & Links
Speakers
Cheryl Willis Hudson, When I Hear Spirituals (Holiday House)

Danielle DiMartino, Disney Publishing - New York, NY

Britt Camacho, American Booksellers Association - Harrison, NY

Bria Ragin, Penguin Random House

Budgeting For Bookstores

Budgeting For Bookstores (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Budgeting For Bookstores, Children's Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Financial Management
Tags:
  • 101
 
In this session, attendees will learn essential budgeting principles, including maintaining various budgeting reports and monitoring sales, payroll, inventory, and other key financial metrics. We’ll explore practical strategies for managing expenses, maximizing revenue, and maintaining financial health, as well as review ways to share this critical data with staff. Whether you’re a new bookstore owner or a seasoned veteran, this session will provide valuable insights to help you navigate the financial landscape with confidence.
 
Files & Links
Speakers
  • Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, Greenlight Bookstore - Brooklyn, NY
  • Gabriel Moushabeck, Booklink Booksellers Inc. - Northampton, MA
  • Sarah Hutton, Village Books - Bellingham, WA
  • Tina Ferguson, Face in a Book - El Dorado Hills, CA
 

Book Bans’ Impact on Marginalized Communities

Book Bans’ Impact on Marginalized Communities (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Book Bans’ Impact on Marginalized Communities, Children's Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Advocacy & Civic Engagement
Tags:
  • ABFE
 
Book bans and challenges have disproportionately harmed the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, with 30% of challenges targeting books including BIPOC characters or anti-racist themes and another 30% targeting books with LGBTQ+ characters and themes. Panelists will discuss the targeted impact of book bans on these and other marginalized communities, how they use bookselling to fight back in their own communities, and how other booksellers can do the same.
 
Files & Links
 
Speakers
  • Jihye Shin, The Nonbinarian Book Bike - Brooklyn, NY
  • Erin Decker, White Rose Books & More - Kissimmee, FL
  • Annastasia Williams, The Bottom - Knoxville, TN
  • Leah Johnson, Loudmouth Books - Indianapolis, IN

Creating Training Plans that Work

Creating Training Plans that Work (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Creating Training Plans that Work, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Operations & Personnel Management
Tags:  None
We don’t believe in training just for training’s sake, or just because it's the right thing to do. We firmly believe that the best and most successful training positively changes behavior and, therefore, positively affects our business’ bottom lines. We’ll share key elements of how we design and deliver our staff training as well as other tips we’ve learned over the years. (Presented by ZingTrain.)
Files & Links
Speakers
Elnian Gilbert, ZingTrain - Ann Arbor, MI

Featured Talk: Children’s Book Market Overview

Featured Talk: Children’s Book Market Overview (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk: Children’s Book Market Overview, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
Brenna Connor, Books Insights Manager of Circana (formerly NPD), will explain and identify the US children’s book market key trends to watch, highest growth areas, and performance by genre, format, and age range. This can’t-miss session is based on the latest Circana BookScan data and Brenna’s industry expertise. (With a follow-up idea exchange)
Files & Links
Speakers
Brenna Connor, Circana - New York, NY

Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events

Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Events & Marketing
Tags:  None
Developed for author guests in the early stages of their writing careers, this panel features booksellers who have formulated successful practices for creating events that benefit both stores and authors. This session will cover a number of issues, from author publicity to dealing with pre-event nerves.
Files & Links
Speakers
Maggie Robe, Flyleaf Books - Chapel Hill, NC

Harriet Moss, Books Inc. - Campbell, CA

James Ponti, The Sherlock Society (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company - Seattle, WA

Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstores - Washington, DC

Indies Introduce Lunch and Author Signing

Indies Introduce Lunch and Author Signing (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Indies Introduce Lunch and Author Signing, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:  None

The Indies Introduce program is about what independent booksellers do best: discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. Enjoy lunch while learning about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the Summer/Fall 2024 Indies Introduce Kids’ list. Many of the Summer/Fall 2024 Indies Introduce Kids’ debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the bookseller panelists. Authors will be available to sign copies of their debut books following the presentation.
Files & Links

Featured Authors

Summer/Fall 2024 Kids' Bookseller Panelists

 

  • Holly Weinkauf - Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN
  • Sally Sue Lavigne - The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton, SC
  • Donna Liu - Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA
  • Lily Taliaferro - Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Emmy Widener - Changing Hands, Phoenix, AZ
  • Kromeklia Bryant - Solid State Books, Washington, DC
  • Katie Pionk - McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

Redefining Success

Redefining Success (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Redefining Success, Children's Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Bookstores have obvious indicators of success. The business is in the black, new customers walk through the doors, regular customers return, and events are well attended. In this session, booksellers examine what other measurements of success exist outside systemic measurements. What are benchmarks of success that are not part of a traditional capitalist understanding of measuring success?
 
Files & Links
Speakers
  • Erica Tso Haidas, Belonging Books - Brewster, MA
  • Rebekah Shoaf, Boogie Down Books - Bronx, NY
  • Bunnie Hilliard, Brave + Kind Bookshop - Decatur, GA
  • Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstores - Washington, DC

Understanding Cost of Goods For the Mathematically Anxious

Understanding Cost of Goods For the Mathematically Anxious (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Understanding Cost of Goods For the Mathematically Anxious, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Financial Management
Tags:  None
This session will teach booksellers how to calculate the cost of goods sold (COGS) and maximize gross profit/margin. Panelists will lay the foundation for an understanding of COGS so that booksellers can confidently compare their information to ABACUS data. During this session, booksellers will be given time to examine what they’ve learned and identify areas in their own business for better COGS management so that they can begin applying these concepts when they return to their stores.
Files & Links
Speakers
Josh Christie, Print: A Bookstore - Portland, ME

Rebekah Rine, Watermark Books & Cafe - Wichita, KS

Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company - Seattle, WA

PK Sindwani, American Booksellers Association - Harrison, NY

Breakfast Keynote with Renée Watson: Shades of Blue: On Writing About Grief and Joy For Young Readers

Breakfast Keynote with Renée Watson: Shades of Blue: On Writing About Grief and Joy For Young Readers (June 11, 2024)
Content related to the education session Breakfast Keynote with Renée Watson: Shades of Blue: On Writing About Grief and Joy For Young Readers, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Culture of Bookselling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

 

 

Renée Watson is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author. Her books include Piecing Me Together, which received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award, the Ryan Hart series, and acclaimed picture books like Maya’s Song and The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, written with Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Files & Links
Speakers
Renée Watson, All the Blues in the Sky (Bloomsbury) - New York, NY

Seminar: Leader's Guide to Performance Management

Seminar: Leader's Guide to Performance Management (June 10, 2024)
Content related to the education session Seminar: Leader's Guide to Performance Management, Children's Institute 2024.
Watch video from this event...
Topic:
  • Operations & Personnel Management
Tags:  None
Helping staff succeed is the primary role of a leader, though many leaders struggle with exactly how to do that. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll share practical, tactical tools for leaders to use to tackle performance problems, give future-focused feedback, and manage their teams more effectively. Presented by ZingTrain.
Files & Links
Speakers
Elnian Gilbert, ZingTrain - Ann Arbor, MI

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

PRESS INQUIRIES: [email protected]

INDIECOMMERCE: [email protected]

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES: [email protected]

 

 

Copyright 2024 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement