The 2018 ABC Children’s Institute, which will take place June 19–21 in New Orleans, Louisiana, will kick off the evening of Tuesday, June 19, with the first-ever Welcome Mardi Gras & Backlist Favorite Kids’ Book Character Costume Party.
Attendees should get their creative wheels turning now and start planning their costumes. Big prizes will be awarded for costumes across a range of categories, including:
- Best ensemble costume
- Best solo costume
- Best fierce female
- Best villain
- Best award-winning backlist
- Plus categories created on the spot
Costumes will be judged by a surprise panel of industry friends.
In addition to refreshments and a fun atmosphere, the opening reception will feature a round of costume character bingo, and attendees are asked to bring a copy of the backlist book featuring their character for a game of backlist character tag.
The Welcome Mardi Gras & Backlist Favorite Kids’ Book Character Costume Party will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Lagniappe & Rhythms Foyer at the Sheraton New Orleans.
Booksellers who would like to attend the sixth ABC Children’s Institute should register now. The conference fee is $119 per bookseller, with a maximum of five registrants per ABA member business. Questions about the institute should be directed to ABC Group Manager Gen de Botton.
The Ci6 hotel room block at the Sheraton New Orleans is filled; registrants in need of a hotel room should complete the waitlist form. Those on the waitlist will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if rooms become available. Hotel questions can be directed to ABA’s Jill Perlstein.
Booksellers may cancel their Children’s Institute registration at any time by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received prior to April 30 are eligible for a full refund of registration fees; cancellations received on or after April 30 are not eligible for refund.