Finding Opportunity in New State Education Standards

As schools across the country adopt initiatives to better prepare children for the future, booksellers are facing new challenges as well as opportunities to work more closely with teachers and school librarians.

Community Event Has Long-Term Positive Effects

This past weekend, Staunton, Virginia, the home of Pufferbellies Toys and Books, held its third annual Kids’ Night Out. Sponsored by the local downtown development association, the event featured children’s activities in shops and on sidewalks community-wide.

Reaching Middle Grade Readers

How booksellers can meet the diverse needs of middle grade readers of a wide range of ages and abilities was the subject of a panel discussion at the first-ever Children’s Institute, presented by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, at BookExpo America.

Best Books for Children Catalog Nomination Deadline Monday

Monday, July 2, is last day for booksellers at ABA member stores to submit nominations for the fall 2012 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog.

Meeting the Literacy Needs of Children

A panel of booksellers and literacy group leaders at ABA’s Children’s Institute examined how booksellers can begin assessing the literacy needs of children in their communities, as well as efforts already underway to meet those needs, to arrive at a plan that helps ensure books and reading programs reach the children who need them most.

Communities Ready for “Find Waldo Local”

In July, people in cities and towns across the country will head out on scavenger hunts to find Waldo during a month-long series of events spearheaded by their local independent booksellers. The stores are all participants in “Find Waldo Local,” a campaign sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA that aims to spur local shopping while celebrating Waldo’s 25th anniversary.

New Candlewick Campaign Puts the Focus on Picture Books

Candlewick Press’ new campaign, “We Believe in Picture Books!,” offers booksellers generous CHIRP terms, tools to bolster merchandising, and handselling incentives for frontline staff.

BEA Podcasts & Videos Available

For those who couldn’t make it to last week’s trade show and those who just want a recap, BookExpo America has created an archive of podcasts and videos, and will be adding more material over the next several weeks.

Nominations Sought for 2012 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog

The ABC Children’s Group at ABA is seeking title recommendations from ABA member booksellers for the fall 2012 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog.

Bowker Study Provides Encouraging News for Kids’ Booksellers

ABA educational programming at the first ABC Children’s Institute kicked off with the opening plenary “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age,” presented by Kelly Gallagher, vice president, Publishing Work Flow Solutions, R.R. Bowker.

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