New Videos From ABC Children’s Institute Now Online

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Videos from three ABC Children’s Institute education sessions are now available to all ABA member booksellers with a BookWeb username and password. The videos, made possible by a grant from author James Patterson, are the second in a series from last month’s Children’s Institute in San Antonio. Last week, the American Booksellers Association announced the availability of videos from the institute’s plenary sessions with authors Brad Meltzer and Tim Federle and a four-minute highlights reel featuring booksellers and authors.

The videos released this week cover the following April 7 education sessions:

  • Graduate Level Education on Child Development and Literacy: Dr. Susan Keehn, a graduate professor in early literacy at the University of Texas in San Antonio and an International Reading Association Outstanding Teacher Educator, talks with Tess Riesmeyer, early literacy expert at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, about the latest research in reading comprehension and the challenges and obstacles presented by digital reading versus physical books.
    Watch the Child Development video now.
  • Selling Picture Books in the Wake of Age Compression: The marketing of titles for older children to younger children is having an effect on the sales and popularity of picture books among elementary school children, but the benefits of reading picture books to older children are many.  How can you educate customers about the importance of picture books for children ages five and up? Learn from a panel moderated by Valerie Koehler of Houston’s Blue Willow Bookshop and featuring Elizabeth Bluemle of The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont; Maureen Palacios of Once Upon a Time in Montrose, California; Ann Seaton of Hicklebee’s in San Jose, California; and Dr. Marianne Follis, senior librarian at Valley Ranch Library in Irving, Texas.
    Watch the Picture Books video now.
  • Managing Successful Book Fairs In-Store and Off-Site: Book fairs can be a great source of revenue if you can keep them from being a drain on your resources. This panel discussion, moderated by Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas, and featuring Sarah Holt of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri; Heidi Powell of Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.; Claudia Maceo of The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio; and librarian Mary Milligan of St. Luke’s Episcopal School in San Antonio, provides answers to questions ranging from how to determine inventory levels, title selection, and staffing needs to how to handle arrangements with sponsoring organizations and what makes a good book fair partner.
    Watch the Book Fair video now.

The three videos are also available on the ABA Education Curriculum on along with other videos from the Children’s Institute and the 2014 Winter Institute and session handouts from these and past education events. Watch for more videos from the ABC Children’s Institute to be released over the coming weeks.

The ABC Children’s Institute was made possible by the support of lead sponsor Baker & Taylor with additional support from publishers large and small.