Kid's Books and Bookselling at BookExpo

More educational programming and special events than ever
Programming for children's booksellers looks stronger than ever at this year's BookExpo America (BEA), as, for the first time, the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) and the Children's Book Council (CBC) will combine forces with ABA for part of BEA's comprehensive educational programming.

On Thursday, May 2, the full day of special bookseller -- including morning sessions, keynote speakers, and "Best Idea" sessions -- is sponsored in part by ABC and CBC. ABC President Chauni Haslet explained that children's booksellers can chose one morning session of interest to all booksellers and then spend the afternoon devoting their attention to children's bookselling.

Haslet promises that the ABC annual meeting, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., will be "short and efficient," so members can get to the afternoon program, titled "Find Comfort in Books, " at 2:00 p.m. During the meeting, children's booksellers will be treated to a free lunch, courtesy of The Chicken House (the U.K. publisher that is working in cooperation with Scholastic in the U.S.). Booksellers wanting to attend should RSVP by contacting the ABC office at (800) 421-1665, fax: (608) 836-6050, or e-mail:

The first of Saturday's ABA Roundtables on Children's Bookselling will begin at 10:00 a.m. at BEA. Moderators will include Ellen Davis of Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, Wisconsin; Collette Morgan of Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis; and Dennis Ronberg of Linden Tree Children's Books in Los Altos, California.

An additional roundtable, moderated by the same booksellers, is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to discuss the topic "Children's Bookselling: From Handselling to Community Outreach." These roundtables are designed for booksellers who are predominantly engaged in selling books in these specialty areas, and are not intended for general stores with specialty sections.

This year, the ABA Celebration of Bookselling, held in the Special Events Hall from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, will include the fifth Secret Garden Silent Auction to benefit the Association of Booksellers for Children. Original illustrations, thumbnail sketches, finished art, and a host of creative offerings will be auctioned off through silent bidding, which begins at 5:00 p.m. After the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards are announced, the winners of the Secret Garden Auction will be announced. The Celebration is free and open to all BEA attendees.

Throughout BEA, the Association of Booksellers for Children will host the Children's Hospitality Lounge in Room 2D03. This is a dedicated area for children's booksellers to unwind and relax.

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