Monday, April 4, 2011

The Kids Are Alright at BEA

Pardon the purloined subject line, it seemed appropriate and I like the word play.   Two items of good news to share with BEA fans.  The BEA Search It/Find It  tool (SiFi as I like to call it) went live last week.  This will make it easy for anyone to navigate for what they are looking for at BEA.

The second news item is the main topic of this post.  This provides a lot of detail and all the highlights for Children's programming at BEA thanks to so many of our wonderful partners.  People will be buzzing about many of these programs long after BEA is over this year:

The ABC Children's Group at ABA, the Children's Book Council, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, Reed Exhibitions and BookExpo America did an aoutstanding job in putting the following programming together:

ABA Day of Education Sponsored by the Ingram Content Group and located in the E Hall of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. ABA’s full day of free, educational programming is targeted at ABA bookstore and provisional members, but is open to all BEA attendees.

Sessions designed for children’s booksellers include:

• Conversion Strategies for Turning Mind Share into Market Share

The recently released Bowker/PubTrack survey highlighted that independent children’s booksellers are highly prized for their knowledge of children’s books, yet overall sales continue to erode as other channels capture consumer dollars. This session will focus on how to improve your chances of both capturing sales while customers are in the store and closing the mind share/market share gap.

Moderated by Kristen McLean, consultatnt to the ABA Children’s Group at ABA (Miami, FL)

Diane Capriola, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

• Selling Non-book in the Children’s Department

Creativity is the key! This panel discussion will touch on how non-book items can be sold through creative merchandising, marketing, and events. A few top-selling items will be displayed.

Moderated by Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)

Beth Puffer, Bank Street Bookstore (New York, NY)

• Creating Events for Children

This session will leave you with a notebook full of creative ideas for kids’ events! It will provide a brief overview of best practices as well as an example of an outstanding event from start to finish. Attendees will also have the opportunity to break into groups to learn from each other, and will then come together for a room-wide discussion.

Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books (Indianapolis, IN)

• Children’s Roundtable

A veteran children’s bookseller will moderate this roundtable discussion for store owners and managers of children’s sections. Come and learn from each other! Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Moderated by Shelly Plumb, Harleysville Books (Harleysville, PA)

• The Digital Market and the YA Audience

The recently released Bowker/PubTrack survey tells us that there is a correlation between the YA audience’s use of social media and their consumption of digital books. Join a discussion exploring how booksellers can leverage this information to connect with their YA customers.

Moderated by Kristen McLean, ABA (Tarrytown, NY)

Jacob Lewis (, Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople (Austin, TX)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Children’s Book and Author Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. / Javits - Special Events Hall

Cost: $40 including breakfast / $20 theatre seating (no-breakfast)

Advance registration required*

This year’s popular breakfast will open with a welcome from Katherine Paterson, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and will feature Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck (Scholastic); Sarah Dessen, author of What Happened to Goodbye (Viking); and Kevin Henkes, author of Little White Rabbit and Junonia (Greenwillow). Julianne Moore, author of Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever (Bloomsbury), will serve as master of ceremonies. The breakfast is presented in cooperation with the Children’s Booksellers and Publishers Committee, which includes representatives from the American Booksellers Association and the Children’s Book Council.

*To purchase tickets visit the BEA website or call BEA customer service at 800-840-5614.

Preview: Artwork From the ABC Children’s Group at ABA Silent Auction to benefit the ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books

See a stunning exhibit of original children’s artwork from some of today’s greatest authors and illustrators, including Kevin Henkes, Bruce Degan, Laura Vacarro Seger, Peter Sís, Roxie Munroe, Judy Schachner, David Small, and many more! While you’re there, pick up some raffle tickets for a chance to win an original piece, and (if they haven’t sold out) purchase tickets for Wednesday night’s fabulous Silent Auction. All proceeds go to support a great cause—the newly created ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books. Sponsored by Reed Exhibitions & BookExpo America.

 Speed Dating With Children’s Authors

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. / Javits 1E09/10

Cost: Free. Advance registration required*

Open to Booksellers, Librarians & Other Children’s Book Professionals

Get to know 19 children’s book creators up close and personal! Authors and illustrators will move from table to table, stopping for quick get-to-know-you chats. This is a fun and easy way to get up to “speed” on some of the latest and greatest projects of the season.

Scheduled to appear:

David A. Adler, Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra (Holiday House)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Trial By Fire / Every Other Day (Egmont)

Jane Hampton Cook, What Does the President Look Like? (Kane Miller)

James Dashner, The Death Cure (Random House)

Laura Lee Gulledge, Page By Paige (Abrams)

Jeff Hirsch, The Eleventh Plague (Scholastic)

Carrie Jones, After Obsession (Bloomsbury)

Alan Katz, Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer; Me Me Mine; Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking (Simon & Schuster)

Jon Klassen, I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick)

Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me (HarperCollins)

Kate McMullan, Myth-o-Mania series (Capstone)

Jennifer Roy, MindBlind (Marshall Cavendish)

Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash (Macmillan)

Clete Smith, Aliens on Vacation (Disney)

Ashley Spires, Binky Under Pressure (Kids Can)

Susan Stockdale, Bring on the Birds (Peachtree)

Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown)

Linda Urban, Hound Dog True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Meg Wolitzer, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (Penguin)

Presented by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council.

*To reserve your spot, please e-mail with your full name, store, library, or company affiliation, store address (street, city, state, and zip), and email address.

 BEA (Young Adult) Editors Buzz

2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. / Javits 1E15 - Cost: Free - Open to all

Insightful and passionate, this intimate editorial exchange will provide you with an editor’s perspective on some of the fall’s new YA discoveries and potential breakouts.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

 BEA (Middle Grade) Editors Buzz - 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.- Room 1E16

Insightful and passionate, this intimate editorial exchange will provide you with an editor’s perspective on some of the fall’s new Middle School discoveries and potential breakouts.

 Tea With Children’s Authors

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Room 1E12 - Cost: $15 *Advanced registration required.

Join us for the third edition of this popular program, which gives librarians and booksellers a chance to chat with some of the industry’s brightest stars in a more relaxed and casual environment. Each author will join a table of book enthusiasts for refreshments and an open-ended conversation about the author’s life and work. A children’s bookseller will moderate each table. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council. (Sponsors reserve the right to review all reservations for eligibility.)

Scheduled to appear:

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, The Bridge to Neverland (Disney)

Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama Home with Mama (Penguin)

Mordecai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog (Abrams)

Beth Kephart, You Are My Only (Egmont)

Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, We Are America (HarperCollins)

Christopher Paolini, Inheritance #4 (Random House)

Jerry Pinkney, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Little, Brown)

Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones: Class Action (Penguin)

Marilyn Singer, Tallulah's Tutu; A Stick Is an Excellent Thing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races (Scholastic)

R.L. Stine, The First Day of School … Forever! (Macmillan)

Scott Westerfeld, Goliath (Simon & Schuster)

* Tickets are available through the American Booksellers Association, by clicking here.

 ABC Children’s Group Silent Auction and Reception

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Rooms 1E09/10/11 of the Javits Convention Center.

Advanced registration required. Tickets are available through the American Booksellers Association, by clicking here.

The ABC Children’s Group at ABA presents the Annual Silent Auction of one-of-a-kind art from America’s beloved children's book illustrators, this year to benefit the new ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books. (Check back soon to view an online preview.)

Join Honorary ABC Auction Chair, Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the critically acclaimed novel Speak, and the independent bookselling community as the ABC Children’s Group at ABA presents its annual auction of one-of-a-kind art from some of America’s most beloved children’s book illustrators. The amazing caliber of the artwork is always a draw, but this year there’s an even more important reason to support the event—for the first time all proceeds benefit the newly created ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books, which fights censorship in many ways around the country. So join us for some wonderful mingling, refreshments, and bidding on another fantastic bumper crop of art, all for a great cause.

Find out more about the important work of ABFFE and the newly created Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books at

Advance tickets for the Silent Auction and Reception area available through the American Booksellers Association.

Cost: Bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA: $69 / All others: $89 *Tickets are subject to availability. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the Preview and Silent Auction on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets purchased onsite will cost $79 for ABC Group members and $99 for all others.


  1. Wow, great events planned.

    The "click here" links for the Tea and Auction are not active. Would love to take part in those.

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