The Women’s National Book Association is pleased to announce the 2017 WNBA Pannell Award winners for bookstores.
General Bookstore Category: The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, Colorado
Upon hearing the good news, Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm of Edwards, responded, “This is our 20th anniversary, and our tenth year focusing on children’s books. It is an honor to see our work and efforts recognized in this way!”
Jurors cited The Bookworm of Edwards’ passion, and connection with their community, and inventiveness, as shown in their adopt-a-reader program that provide books for children in need; free book talk services for their school district that makes them a critical resource to school media specialists and educators; and their annual writing contest and book publication program.
Children’s Specialty Bookstore Category: Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, California
Sharon Hearn, the owner of Children’s Book World, said, “I am thankful to the WNBA for this special recognition of Children’s Book World’s commitment to raising curious and empathetic readers for over 30 years.”
Jurors noted their commitment to carrying a diverse selection of titles and the way Children’s Book World embodies the idea of a bookstore as a place of discovery, citing their quarterly poetry slam for readers ages 8-13; their Teen Readers Council; and the “Readers & Writers Rock!” program through which they bring authors to low-income schools and underserved children.
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 recipients—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 WNBA Pannell Award chair is Susan Knopf, founder and president of Scout Books & Media Inc.
The Pannell Award jurors for 2017 are:
- Susan Katz Radin, publisher emeritus, HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Josalyn Moran, children’s publishing consultant
- Emily Romero, senior vice president of marketing, Penguin Young Readers
- Roger Sutton, editor in chief, The Horn Book
- Lisa Von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota
Press Release of nominees
Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. 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 in their young patrons.
In 1981, the WNBA established the WNBA Pannell Awards to recognize and publicly applaud the work of booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books. Lucile Micheels Pannell, a founding member of one of the WNBA chapters, was born in the late 1800s. A model bookwoman, her career included teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, working as a librarian, then managing the Hobby Horse Bookshop in Chicago’s Carson Pirie Scott department store from 1943 to 1953. Although she had no children of her own, Lucile loved reading to children and introducing them to the world of books. Chicago schools would sponsor field trips to the Hobby Horse Bookshop because children and teachers loved visiting with Lucile to listen to stories and learn about the world of books. This Award is our way to honor Lucile’s special role in WNBA’s history.
Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.
Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida
Wonderland Books, Rockford, Illinois
Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore, Alexandria,VA
Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Halfway Down the Stairs Children’s Book Shop, Rochester, MI
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Whale of a Tale, Irvine, CA
McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petosky, MI
Children’s Bookshop, Brookline, MA
All for Kids Books, Seattle, WA
Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
Toad Hall Children’s Bookstore, Austin, TX
R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
Enchanted Forest Books for Children, Dallas, TX
Edward T. Rabbit & Co., Richmond, VA
Barron’s Books, Longview, TX
Awards not given
Compass Rose Bookshop, Orleans, MA
Adventures for Kids, Ventura, CA
Kathy L. Patrick of Barron’s Books, Inc., Longview, TX
Shippack Children’s Books, Kippack, PA
Red & Black Books, Seattle, WA
Rosemary and Michael Stimola, A Child’s Story Teaneck, NJ
Janet E. Grojean, Little Professor Book Center,LaVista, NB
Rabbit Hill Children’s Bookstore, Hewlett, NY
The kids’ place, Marshall, MI
Children’s Book & Gift Market, Atlanta, GA
Judi’s Bookstore, Twin Falls, ID
1988 A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore, Alexandria, VA
1987 The Children’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL
1986 The Children’s Hour, Salt Lake City, UT
1985 Toad Hall Children’s Bookstore, Austin, TX
1984 R.M. Mills Bookstore, Nashville, TN
1983 OxCart Bookshop, Rochester, NY
1981 Pannell Award established