Children’s Bookselling

09 May

Obituary: Maurice Sendak

Renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died on Tuesday, May 8, in Danbury, Connecticut, from complications of a stroke. He was 83.

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03 May

Bank Street’s Beth Puffer Retires

After more than 25 years at New York’s Bank Street Bookstore, Beth Puffer retired as the store’s director at the end of April. 

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03 May

Rare Items on the Block at Children’s Art Auction at BEA

The June 6 Children’s Art Auction at BEA will provide added excitement this year when live bidding opens on several rare items.  An online preview of more than 70 mostly silent auction items is now live.

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02 May

New Design Fires Up Imaginations

A fun, new design for a bookmark and poster has just been added to ABA’s Bookseller DIY.  “Fire Up Your Imagination,” featuring a colorful, friendly dragon, comes to the U.S. courtesy of the Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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01 May

Children’s Institute Registration Extended

ABA has extended registration for the Children’s Institute at BookExpo America until May 11. An additional but limited number of spaces at the June 6 day-long event are now open exclusively to booksellers at ABA member stores; they are expected to sell out quickly.

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26 Apr

Kids’ Institute Preview: Meeting Literacy Needs

Meeting community literacy needs will be the subject of an ABC Children’s Institute panel discussion at BookExpo America.

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19 Apr

2012 Spring New Voices Titles Announced

After months spent reading more than 80 titles by debut authors, booksellers on the New Voices Committee have selected their top  spring picks for children ages 8 - 12 and for teens, from titles published between January 1 and June 30, 2012.

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18 Apr

Tickets on Sale for Children’s Art Auction at BEA

Tickets are on sale now for one of the marquee events at BookExpo America — the Children’s Art Auction and Reception, sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

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12 Apr

Kids’ Institute Preview: Reaching the Middle Grade Reader

The challenges of reaching middle grade readers will be explored by a panel of book industry professionals at ABA’s ABC Children’s Institute on Wednesday, June 6, at BEA.

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04 Apr

2012 New Voices Program Expands

The 2012 New Voices program has grown to include a new spring marketing package to be released in time for summer reading. Featured middle grade and young adult titles were chosen by a committee of 12 ABC Group at ABA member booksellers.

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29 Mar

Children’s Institute Filling Up

Registration for the ABC Children’s Institute is open exclusively to ABA member booksellers and limited to 150 people. Registration will close once the limit is reached or by May 1, whichever comes first.

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22 Mar

Authors Abound at ABC Children’s Institute

Among the highlights of ABA’ s June 6 ABC Children’s Institute are two events offering booksellers the opportunity to meet and discuss new projects with established and upcoming authors.

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21 Mar

Walter Dean Myers to Chair Children’s Art Auction at BEA

Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, who has confronted numerous challenges to his books for young people, will help raise funds to support the free speech rights of kids by serving as the honorary chair of the Annual Children’s Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America.

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14 Mar

Toolkit Promotes Children’s Choice Book Award Voting

The Children’s Book Council’s Digital Toolkit offers resources to encourage voting among children and teens for this year’s Children’s Choice Book Awards.

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