Don’t Miss Out on These Children’s Bookselling Events at BookExpo

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BookExpo attendees are encouraged to hurry up and get their tickets for two children’s bookselling events from The ABC Children’s Group at ABA: the 2019 Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea.

BookExpo logoBookExpo takes place May 29–31 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Tickets are currently available for the Children’s Book Art Silent Auction, on Wednesday, May 29, where authors, artists, publishers, and booksellers will bid on original works of art from published or forthcoming books by a variety of children’s book illustrators to raise money for the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), part of the American Booksellers Association’s Advocacy division, and Every Child a Reader, the literacy charity division of the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

The 2019 auction, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week,will also pay tribute to the late children’s book publisher Ursula Nordstrom. The auction will take place on Wednesday, May 29, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the South Concourse of the Javits Center. ABC Children’s Group members will have free access to the event with a special promotional code. Other attendees can purchase their tickets for the auction on, but volunteers will also take payment on-site. ABC Group members can e-mail Gen de Botton for the promotional access code to attend the event for free.

Besides the auction, booksellers have until Wednesday, May 22, to register and purchase tickets for the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea, taking place on Friday, May 31, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Room 1E07/08/09 at the Javits Center. At the event, ABC Group members and friends of the CBC will enjoy a lively tea with more than a dozen children’s book authors as they pitch their new projects. Booksellers can register and buy their ticket for the Tea here.

As a reminder, booksellers at ABA member stores can receive a free badge to BookExpo by providing their ABA member number during the BookExpo registration process; booksellers can e-mail for their member number. Learn more about ABA programming at BookExpo here.