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Women’s National Book Association Announces Nominees for the 2018 Pannell Award

February 21, 2018
Contact: Co-chairs Susan Knopf and Sally M. Kim, WNBAPannell@gmail.com

Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling in the United States. Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults. The WNBA is pleased to announce the 2018 Pannell Award nominees:

General Bookstore
BookBar (Denver, CO)
Gibson’s Bookstore (Concord, NH)
Horizon Books (Traverse City, MI)
Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
Malaprop’s Books/Café (Asheville, NC)
Napa Bookmine (Napa, CA)
Newtonville Books (Newton, MA)
Northshire Bookstores (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Oblong Books & Music (Rhinebeck, NY)
Pages: a book store (Manhattan Beach, CA)
The Conundrum (St. Francisville, LA)
Village Books (Bellingham, WA)
Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)

Childrens Specialty Bookstore

Bank Street Bookstore (New York, NY)
BBGB (Richmond, VA)
Blue Bunny Books and Toys (Dedham, MA)
Books of Wonder (New York, NY)
Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)
Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)
Monkey & Dog (Fort Worth, TX)
Monkey See, Monkey Do (Clarence, NY)
Red Balloon Bookshop (Saint Paul, MN)
Second Star to the Right (Denver, CO)
Square Books Jr. (Oxford, MS)
Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab (Brooklyn, NY)
Storybook Village of Pentwater (Pentwater, MI)
The French Library (New Orleans, LA)

Next, the nominated stores assemble submissions with a description of their major achievements, programming, and contributions to their local communities. Submissions should be sent electronically as a single PDF or Word file to WNBAPannell@gmail.com. The submission deadline is March 12, 2018.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2018 are: 

  • Brenda Bowen, literary agent, Greenburger Associates
  • Susan Katz Radin, publisher emeritus, HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Emily Romero, senior vice president of marketing, Penguin Young Readers
  • Roger Sutton, editor in chief, The Horn Book
  • Lisa Von Drasek, curator of Childrens’ Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota 

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters. Established in 1917, WNBA (www.wnba-books.org) is a national organization of women and men who promote the value of the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about book lovers and professionals.

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