Children’s Bookselling

14 Sep

Introducing ABC Children’s Group Manager Shannon O’Connor

This week, Shannon O’Connor, a former teacher and children’s book buyer at Doylestown Bookshop, joined the ABA staff in the newly created position of ABC Children’s Group Manager.

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31 Aug

Deadline Today for ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Orders

Midnight tonight, September 1, is the deadline for ABA member stores to place orders for this year’s ABC Best Books for Children Catalog. Orders of up to 5,000 copies can be placed via an online order form.

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24 Aug

A 2011 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Title List Preview

Presented here in order by publisher are the more than 200 titles  featured in this year’s ABC Best Books for Children Catalog, scheduled to ship to stores in early October. The deadline for orders is September 1.

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22 Aug

ABC New Voices Flier Promotes Outstanding Debut Works for Middle Grade and Teen Readers

A dedicated committee of 14 children’s booksellers has chosen 20 outstanding  titles — 10 each in the Middle Grade and Young Adult categories — for the 2011 New Voices List, unveiled this week by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

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03 Aug

BTW News Briefs

New Atlantic booksellers name sales rep of the year; Children’s books exempt from CPSIA testing requirements; Shelf Awareness widget promotes consumer publication and giveaway

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25 Jul

Orders for ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Now Being Accepted

ABA member stores can place their orders for this year’s ABC Best Books for Children Catalog from now until September 1 via an online order form on

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20 Jul
16 Jun

Call Out for Education Topics for Kids’ Booksellers

As ABA begins formulating its educational programming for the coming year, member input is sought on possible topics for children’s booksellers.

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15 Jun

Title Suggestions Sought for Fall Best Books for Children Catalog

The ABC Children’s Group at ABA is seeking indie booksellers’ title recommendations for the fall 2011 Best Books for Children Catalog, the premier consumer catalog for the children’s book industry, which will be available for distribution by all ABA member bookstores.

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08 Jun

Turning Mind Share Into Market Share in Children's Bookselling

In a Day of Education session entitled “Turning Mind Share Into Market Share in the Children's Market,” Kristen McLean, a consultant to the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, asked booksellers the important question: “What is your Why?”

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07 Jun

Extending the Sale: Non-book in the Children’s Department

At the session “Selling Non-book in the Children's Department," ABA President Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Illinois, moderated a panel discussion with Beth Puffer of Bank Street Bookstore in New York City and Andrea Vuleta of Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in La Verne, California, about their ordering tactics and top picks for toys and games.

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02 Jun

Measuring and Partnering Are Key to Event Success

Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books shared her secrets to creating events for children at ABA’s Day of Education, sponsored by the Ingram Content Group, at BEA.

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01 Jun

The Buzz on Kids’ Books

Editors shared their upcoming Young Adult and Middle-Grade title picks at BEA’s Editors Buzz Forums.

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25 May

Breakfast Speakers See Children’s Literature as “Gateway to Life”

On Tuesday, May 24, hundreds of booksellers, librarians, and publishers attended the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, an annual highlight of BEA. This year’s breakfast featured a range of bestselling authors who share a love for reading and writing, and above all, a belief in the power of a book in a child’s hands.

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17 May

Industry Veterans to Share Insights on Connecting With YA Readers

The Digital Market and the YA Audience, a Day of Education panel discussion moderated by Kristin McLean, consultant to the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, will feature David Levithan, executive editorial director for Scholastic; Jacob Lewis, CEO of Figment; and Meghan Dietsche Goel, children’s book buyer at BookPeople in Austin, Texas.

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