2012 Toy Fair Finds

Here’s a peek at some of the offerings at last week’s 2012 American International Toy Fair that drew the attention of Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys and Jill Miner of Saturn Booksellers.

Abrams Promo Helps Indies Focus on the Art of Selling

The Art of Selling Books, a new promotion from Abrams that offers 90-days dating, free freight, and extra discounts on 20 curated assortments of front and backlist titles for adults and children, is getting an enthusiastic reception from indie booksellers around the country.

Politics and Prose Plays Host to D.C. Nerdfighters

More than 900 children and teens — aka Nerdfighters — participated in a recent event featuring John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Dutton Juvenile) and his brother, Hank Green, that was hosted by Washington, D.C.’s Politics and Prose.

The Spring 2012 Kids’ Next List Preview

Here’s a preview of the Spring Children’s Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

CBC Forum Highlights the Buyers’ Perspective

On Tuesday evening, the Children’s Book Council hosted a forum entitled “From the Buyers’ Perspective,” the first of a three-part series for industry retailers, buyers, and distributors to share their perspectives on the state of the children’s book market.

ALA Announces Children’s Book Award Winners

On Monday, January 23, at its midwinter meeting in Dallas, the American Library Association announced the winners of its 2012 awards for children’s and young adult titles.

Waldo Comes to Main Street

Candlewick Press and ABA are partnering to bring “Find Waldo Local” to Main Street USA this July. Indie booksellers nationwide are invited to host a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo throughout local businesses. The community-wide event was developed to help spread the Shop Local message.

December ABC Toolbox Now Available

The December issue of the ABC Toolbox, which includes programming, display, and event ideas, as well as access to free materials from publishers, was sent via e-mail last week to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

BTW News Briefs

Walter Dean Myers named Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; Online holiday sales jump 15 percent; Six university presses sign with Ingram’s CoreSource

ABC Group Facebook Page Launches

The ABC Group at ABA’s new Facebook page is a place for children’s booksellers to share news about their stores as well as their knowledge of children’s books, bookselling, and literacy.

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