Registration for the American Booksellers Association’s 2014 Children’s Institute in San Antonio, Texas, is open, and booksellers are encouraged to sign up now to secure a spot at this all-day networking and educational event for children’s booksellers.
The institute will open on Sunday, April 6, with an evening plenary session featuring bestselling author Brad Meltzer and will be followed by a poolside reception, weather permitting.
A full day of programming will be held on Monday, April 7, beginning with a breakfast plenary and continuing throughout the day with educational workshops, author talks, a rep picks lunch, roundtable discussions, and a closing reception. Program topics include censorship in schools, diversity in children’s literature, child development and literacy, and more.
Registration for the Children’s Institute is open to booksellers at all ABA member stores, with a maximum of three registrants per member business. The conference fee is $79 per person and is nonrefundable. A number of publisher-sponsored scholarships to the Children’s Institute will be awarded.
The Texas Library Association will hold its annual conference in San Antonio on April 8 – 11, immediately following the Children’s Institute, and the ABC Children’s Group is currently exploring opportunities for collaboration. Stay tuned to BTW for more details.
The Children’s Institute will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Hotel, located at 502 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. in San Antonio. The ABA group rate, which is subject to availability, is $119 for singles and doubles from April 4 through April 11. Reservations must be made before March 7 and must be booked directly with the hotel. The DoubleTree by Hilton’s reservation number is (800) 560-7753, or rooms can be booked online through the hotel’s special CI reservation page. An ABA group code is required; see BookWeb’s Children’s Institute hotel information page for details.