Membership Has Its Advantages at BEA

BookExpo America is right around the corner, and booksellers who want to take advantage of free trade show badges, exclusive parties at Hotel ABA, and special programming for ABC Children’s Group members, as well as be a part of the Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch  and the Bookseller/Publisher Focus Groups, must be current on their ABA dues.

Illustrators to Pay Tribute to Maurice Sendak at Children’s Book Art Auction

A special section of this year’s Children’s Book Art Silent Auction at BEA will honor the late Maurice Sendak, the beloved author and illustrator of classic children’s titles and a passionate defender of free speech. A number of illustrators will be creating special artworks commemorating Sendak that will be auctioned off at the event.

Kids’ Summer Reading Program Materials Now Available in Bookseller DIY

Promotional materials are now available to all ABA member stores  participating in Give Me Summer! Give Me Books! a national summer reading program for kids. Six titles tailored to children in each of three age groups — Kindergarten–Grade 2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–8— are featured.

Industry Players Discuss Common Core and the Trade Market

Publishers, authors, and others with a stake in how the new Common Core State Standards will shape our country’s educational system gathered on the morning of Wednesday, April 10, at the Random House offices in New York City for an open-ended panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges for the trade book market.

Around Indies

Northshire begins hiring for Saratoga Springs branch; Reading Frenzy Corner opens in Elk River, Minnesota; Children’s book clubs foster community spirit; Changing Hands’ Gayle Shanks offers tips for authors

A Q&A With Stephan Pastis, Author of Timmy Failure, the #1 Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

The number one choice of booksellers for this spring’s Kids’ Indie Next List is Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure, a chronicle of one the world’s most unfortunate — and funniest — kid detectives. Here, Pastis talks about what it’s like to write humor and prose for kids as well as how he crafts his comedic commentary.

Summer 2013 New Voices Titles Announced

The 2013 New Voices Committee has selected 10 noteworthy and exciting debuts publishing between January 1 and June 30, 2013, in two categories: Ages 8 – 12 and Teen.

Tickets on Sale for Children’s Book Art Silent Auction & Reception

Tickets for the annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction & Reception at BookExpo America are on sale now. In addition to remarkable art from new books, this year’s auction will feature pieces created in honor of Maurice Sendak, who mentored and inspired so many artists and fought vigorously against efforts to censor In the Night Kitchen.

Important Deadlines Approach: Action Needed

To help ensure booksellers have voted on all ballots, registered for all programs, and reserved tickets for all events they want to attend in the upcoming months, here is a list of eight important deadlines.

Special Events on Tap for Children’s Booksellers at BEA

The ABC Children’s Group at ABA is once again partnering with the Children’s Book Council to host several events at BookExpo America that are open exclusively to ABC Group member booksellers. Designed to promote networking and education, the events all have a special focus on children’s books and bookselling.

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