59 Booksellers Win Scholarships to Children’s Institute

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The American Booksellers Association has named 59 winners of scholarships to the 2020 Children’s Institute (Ci8) in Tucson, Arizona.

The awards cover the conference fee, a four-night stay at the host hotel, and up to $400 in travel expenses to the June 22–24 event at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

The recipients of scholarships to the eighth Children’s Institute are:

  • Hannah Amrollahi, The Bookworm (Omaha, NE)
  • Kelsy April, Savoy Bookshop & Café (Westerly, RI)
  • Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books (Spring Green, WI)
  • Liela Browne, BookPeople of Moscow (Moscow, ID)
  • Patrick Burkholder, epilogue books (Rockford, MI)
  • Vina Castillo, Kew & Willow Books (Queens, NY)
  • Sandie Chen, Loyalty Bookstores (Washington, DC)
  • Emily Crowe, An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA)
  • Karyn Cumming, Fountain Bookstore, Inc. (Richmond, VA)
  • Anne DeVault, Over the Moon Bookstore (Crozet, VA)
  • Joseline Diaz, Kepler’s (Menlo Park, CA)
  • Anne Driscoll, Branches Books & Gifts (Oakhurst, CA)
  • Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo, WA)
  • Jessica Dushame, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)
  • Rachael Elliott, Reading Leaves (Winston, MT)
  • Sarah Fischer, Downbound Books (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Kara Forde, Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers (Minneapolis, MN)
  • April Gorski, Book Vault (Oskaloosa, IA)
  • Nathaniel Hattrick, Ballast Book Co. (Bremerton, WA)
  • Heather Jeziorowski, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)
  • Bradley Jones, BookSmart (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • Stefani Kelley, The Book Nook (Brenham, TX)
  • Dawn Kitchell, Neighborhood Reads (Washington, MO)
  • Kappy Kling, HearthFire Books and Treats (Evergreen, CO)
  • Jennifer Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Susan Kusel, [words] (Maplewood, NJ)
  • Warren Lee, 44th and 3rd Bookseller (Peachtree Corners, GA)
  • LuAnn Locke, Afterwords Books (Edwardsville, IL)
  • Tamzin Malone, Main Street Books (Lafayette, IN)
  • Alicia Michielli, Talking Leaves Books (Buffalo, NY)
  • Danielle Mullen, Semicolon Bookstore (Chicago IL)
  • Rayna Nielsen, Garden District Book Shop (New Orleans, LA)
  • Mikaley Osley, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, CO)
  • Pam Page, Pages: A Bookstore (Manhattan Beach, CA)
  • Jenny Pederson, Darvill’s Bookstore (Eastsound, WA)
  • Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)
  • Jill Burket Ragase, Blue Manatee Literacy Project (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Erin Rivera, The Frugal Frigate (Redlands, CA)
  • Shoshonna Roberts, Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop (Gresham, OR)
  • Cristina Rodriguez, Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)
  • Heidi Rojek, Capital Books (Sacramento, CA)
  • Zandria Senft, Bethany Beach Books (Bethany Beach, DE)
  • Julie Shimada, Maria’s Bookshop (Durango, CO)
  • Nikki Silvestrini, Zenith Bookstore (Duluth, MN)
  • Cheri Sinopoli, Righton Books (St. Simons Island, GA)
  • Christine Stamper, this is a bookstore / Bookbug (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Sami Thomason, Square Books, Jr. (Oxford, MS)
  • Christian Vega, The Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY)
  • Brionny Voorhees, Page 158 Books (Wake Forest, NC)
  • Meg Wasmer, Copper Dog Books (Beverly, MA)
  • Heather Whittemore, On the Side Books (Bradford, PA)
  • Jill Yeomans, White Whale Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Elizabeth M. Young, Commonplace Reader (Yardley, PA)
  • Noelle Zenovic, DIESEL, A Bookstore - Del Mar (San Diego, CA)
  • Monika Zerzan, Northtown Books (Arcata, CA)

Sponsored by Publishers Weekly:

  • Sarah Brown, Eyeseeme (St. Louis, MO)

Sponsored by the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation:

  • Rio Cortez, The Schomburg Shop (Harlem, NY)
  • Nichole Cousins, Still North Books and Bar (Hanover, NH)
  • Sandra Cararo, The Book Dragon Shop (Staunton, VA)

Individual Ci8 scholarship recipients are not matched with individual sponsors; instead, a portion of total fees raised by Ci8 sponsorships are dedicated to funding as many bookseller scholarships for as many new and different stores as possible.

Registration for Ci8 is underway. Questions about Ci8 should be sent to [email protected].