WNBA Pannell Award (for bookstores)

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.

The 2013 nominees have been announced in a recent press release.

2013 Pannell Award Winners

The 2013 winner in the General Bookstore category is Nicola’s Books of Ann Arbor, MI; and the Children’s Specialty Store category winner is The Bookbug of Kalamazoo, MI.

A jury of five book industry professionals deliberated for four weeks, then selected the winners based on creativity, responsiveness to community needs and an understanding of young readers.  Jurors complimented all of the nominees for valuable contributions they make to their communities.  The two winners, however, were cited for their “over and above” commitment and “partnering skills to benefit children, families, and the community at large” (Nicola’s Books); as well as having a “terrific history of civic engagement, actively engaging in all aspects of the local community to stay relevant and of service to children and their families” (Bookbug).

In addition to WNBA, the Pannell Award is underwritten by a generous gift from Penguin Young Readers Group. Each winning store will receive a check for $1,000 and framed original art donated this year by James Dean of Pete the Cat fame (HarperCollins) and Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of Stripes of All Types (Peachtree). Presentation of the awards will be at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on May 30th at BookExpo America in New York.

In addition to the winners, the nominees included, in the General Bookstore category: Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA; Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT; Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA; Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA; Main Street Books, Davidson, NC; Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA; Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC.

Nominees in the Children’s Specialty Bookstore category: Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA; 4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN; Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA; The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY; Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA.

Read about past winners

The Book Beat, in Oak Park, Michigan
Monkey See, Monkey Do, in Clarence, New York

Queen Anne Books in Seattle, WA
Fairytales Bookstorein Nashville, TN

Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY
Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA

Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, OH
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in LaVerne, CA

Kepler’s Books and Magazines of Menlo Park, CA
The Flying Pig Bookstore of Shelburne, VT

Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida
Wonderland Books, Rockford, Illinois

Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore, Alexandria,VA

BookPeople, Austin, TX
Reading Reptile Books and Toys for Young Mammals, Kansas City, MO

UConn Co-op, Storrs, CT
Hicklebee’s Children’s Books, San Jose, CA

Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Halfway Down the Stairs Children’s Book Shop, Rochester, MI

Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville, IL
Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Falmouth, MA

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