2015 WNBA PANNELL AWARD WINNERS
The Women’s National Book Association is pleased to announce the 2015 WNBA Pannell Award winners. General Bookstore Category: ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP in Naperville, Illinois Children’s Specialty Bookstore Category: ONCE UPON A TIME BOOKSTORE in Montrose, California Upon hearing the good news, Maureen Palacios of Once Upon a Time Bookstore responded, “We are utterly delighted to have been chosen for the 2015 award. The entire staff of Once Upon a Time, the young-at-heart readers & the community that has continued to support us for 49 years all share in this prestigious honor. Thank you!” And Becky Anderson, of Anderson’s Bookshop, said, “We are absolutely beyond thrilled to win the Pannell Award. Our entire staff is so excited. We were in incredibly good company with the other award nominees.” Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the Pannell Award which recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading. Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the winning stores each receive a check for $1,000 and a piece of original art from a children’s book illustrator. Every year a committee of publishing professionals selects two Pannell Award winners—one general bookstore and one children’s specialty bookstore. Store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore. The 2015 Pannell Award jurors are: • Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director, Just Us Books • Emma D Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, drydenbks LLC • Josalyn Moran, children’s publishing consultant • Lisa Von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota • Roger Sutton, editor in chief, The Horn Book The WNBA Pannell Award co-chairs are Sally M. Kim, Senior Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books, and Susan Knopf, President and Founder of Scout Books & Media Inc.