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BookExpo Events

bealogoEach year, the CBC partners with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on popular events at BookExpo that give children’s book creators and booksellers the opportunity to connect over new or forthcoming titles. Only CBC member publishers are invited to submit their authors for consideration.

Publishers: learn more about the benefits of CBC membership.


Sergio Ruzzier-Photo: Rocco Staino

Speed Dating with Children’s Authors & Illustrators
20 authors and illustrators meet over 100 booksellers in small groups for three-minute roundtable talks. The selection committee looks for a mix of new and established authors who have high energy, charisma, and the ability to make a great impression in a short amount of time.

Read about 2014’s event highlights in SLJ ▸▸

Judy Schachner at Author Tea

Judy Schachner at Author Tea

Tea with Children’s Authors & Illustrators
A ticketed event for booksellers and librarians only, Tea with Children’s Authors brings together small groups of booksellers/librarians with individual authors for refreshments and a 45 minute conversation about the author’s life and work. This event is ideal for an established author with a new project to highlight. Authors are selected for this program based on their profile and literary appeal, as well as the strength of their highlighted project.



Robert Sabuda and Jacklyn Inman of Bethany Beach Books. Credit: Claire Kirch

Illustrator Studio Tours
Groups of 4 to 6 booksellers are taken on a tour of children’s book illustrators’ studios — giving booksellers a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative lives of today’s top talent, and illustrators the opportunity to showcase their work to valuable hand-sellers.

Read a recap of the 2014 tours in PW ▸▸ 





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