Nominees for 2019 Pannell Awards Announced

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Twenty-eight general bookstores and 11 children’s specialty bookstores have been nominated for the Women’s National Book Association’s 2019 WNBA Pannell Awards, which honor bookstores that enhance their communities by using exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading among their young patrons.

WNBA logoEach year since 1983, the WNBA, which celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, has bestowed the award for children’s bookselling upon one general bookstore and one children’s specialty bookstore. Nominations are submitted by customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore. This year’s nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

General Bookstore

57th Street Books (Chicago, IL)
Appletree Books (Cleveland Heights, OH)
Big Blue Marble Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA)
Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
BookShop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Casa Camino Real Book Store (Las Cruces, NM)
East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
Gathering Volumes Bookstore (Perrysburg OH)
Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Cincinnati, OH)
Kepler’s Books (Menlo Park, CA)
Let’s Play Books (Emmaus, PA)
Main Street Books (Davidson, NC)
Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)
Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)
Peregrine Book Company (Prescott, AZ)
Rakestraw Books (Danville, CA)
Rediscovered Books (Boise, ID)
Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)
The Book Cellar (Lake Worth, FL)
The Book Tavern (Augusta, GA)
The Galaxy Bookshop (Hardwick, VT)
The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT)
Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)
Titcomb’s Bookshop (East Sandwich, MA)
Toadstool Bookshop (Milford, NH)
Towne Book Center (Collegeville, PA)
Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore (Middletown, CT)
Children’s Specialty Bookstore
Books of Wonder (New York, NY)
Charlie’s Corner (San Francisco, CA)
Hicklebee’s Book Store (San Jose, CA)
Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)
Linden Tree Books (Los Altos, CA)
Monkey See, Monkey Do…Children’s Bookstore (Clarence, NY)
Second Star to the Right Books (Denver, CO)
Square Books Jr. (Oxford, MS)
Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab (Brooklyn,  NY)
The Briar Patch (Bangor, ME)
The Reading Bug (San Carlos, CA)
By Tuesday, March 12, nominated stores must submit a description of their major achievements, programming, and contributions to the local community for consideration by the Pannell Awards jurors. Submissions can include photos, media coverage, letters from customers, and other materials and must be sent electronically as a single PDF or Word file to

The two winning stores to be selected by a panel of publishing professionals will each receive a $1,000 check and a framed, signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator. The awards will be presented on Friday, May 31, at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast at BookExpo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Pannell Award winners will also be honored during WNBA’s centennial festivities in October.

The WNBA Pannell Award is co-sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group.