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Open to employees of member publishers, the CBC’s Annual Meeting reviews the business of the only national trade association for children’s book publishers. A guest speaker is invited each year to address a topic of interest to the industry at large.
Recent speakers at the Annual Meeting have included:
- Duncan Watts, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, founding member of the MSR-NYC lab, former Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, leading researcher on social networks and collective dynamics, author of Everything is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer
- Pamela Paul, journalist, author, & children’s books editor of the New York Times Book Review
- Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of NPR’s On the Media, author of The Influencing Machine
- Nick Bilton, the Lead Technology Writer for The New York Times Bits Blog and a reporter for the paper. Author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works.
Open only to employees of member publishers, CBC Forums discuss current trends and issues facing the industry. Each year, the CBC provides members with free educational panels focused on topical issues. The panels consist of knowledgeable professionals and consumers inside and outside the publishing industry. These events are streamed online and/or recorded for members unable to attend in person. More.Close
The Children’s Book Council’s Early Career Committee (ECC) is dedicated to enriching the careers of those in their first five years in the children’s publishing industry, to contributing to the vitality of the industry as a whole, and to fostering literacy. Through dynamic programming created by the industry’s young professionals, the ECC offers career development, a friendly social community, and networking and volunteer opportunities. More.Close
The CBC offers periodic seminars and webinars on various topics relevant to the industry, including: The ABC’s of Kids & Ebooks: Understanding the E-Reading Habits of Children Aged 2-13; Digital Book-Buying Behaviors of Parents and Children; Basics of Photoshop; and Digital Publishing.Close
Employees of member publishers are invited to serve on the CBC’s vibrant committees.
- The ALA-CBC Committee Joint Committee fosters communication and collaboration on mutual opportunities, concerns, and issues regarding the content, format, distribution, and promotion of materials for children and young adults as they relate to both the library and publishing communities. More.
- The CBC Forum Committee is dedicated to providing the children’s publishing industry with information and discussion on current trends and issues. More.
- The CBC Diversity Committee is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature — encouraging diversity of race, gender, geographical origin, sexual orientation, and class among both the creators of and the topics addressed by kid lit. More.
- The CBC Children’s Book Week Committee guides the coordination of official Children’s Book Week events at schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide. This year, official events, each featuring multiple children’s book authors and illustrators, will be hosted in 50 cities across the country! All are open to the public. More.
- The CBC Early Career Committee (ECC) is dedicated to enriching the careers of those in their first five years in the children’s publishing industry, contributing to the vitality of the industry as a whole, and fostering literacy. Through dynamic programming created by the industry’s young professionals, the ECC offers career development, a friendly social community, and networking and volunteer opportunities. More.
The CBC Diversity Committee advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s book publishing industry. As a part of this effort, the Committee hosts frequent events, open to CBC members.
- CBC Diversity Dialogues bring together intimate groups of children’s book publishing staffers to speak candidly about diversity and problem-solve collaboratively in a supportive environment. Topics addressed at past events include: the power of reviewers, searching out authentic sources to establish authors’ credibility, and diversity in book covers.
- CBC Diversity Panels provide opportunities for various voices in the industry to communicate the challenges they face in selling and promoting diverse books, and to work together to develop solutions to these problems.
In our efforts to keep our members abreast of the latest news in children’s publishing and literacy, the CBC frequently offers discounts to member publishers at conventions and conferences including Digital Book World and Publishers Launch.Close