WNBA National Announces the 2013 Pannell Award Nominees







February 15, 2013 /
Contact: Quinlan Lee, 

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.

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.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore

Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA

Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA

Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

Children’s Specialty Store

Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA

4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN

Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY

Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA


The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

        Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books

        Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group

        Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota

        Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books

        Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books


 The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.


Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.  Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to 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 relating to the written word.   www.wnba-books.org

February 19 – Don’t miss our Panel Discussion!






From Book Idea to the Bookshelf: The Process and Business of Publishing”
This is a joint meeting with Charlotte Writers’ Club!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road

Our panel of experienced book industry representatives, many from our own WNBA ranks, will discuss how a book goes from the idea stage to the finished book for sale to the reading public. Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!

Participants include:

  • Agent Josh Adams, Adams Literary;
  • Independent Editor Betsy Thorpe, Betsy Thorpe Literary Services;
  • Kelly Bowen, Publicity Director, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill;
  • Amanda Phillips, MarComm Manager at distributor/wholesaler Baker & Taylor;
  • Independent Bookseller Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books in Charlotte;
  • Lisa Williams Kline, Author the middle-grade novels Eleanor Hill (winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award), The Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and the Sisters in All Seasons series;
  • and Independent Book Marketing, Sales and Promotion Consultant Susan Walker.
  • Please note: Sales rep Frazer Dobson will be unable to join us after all, but Sally Brewster, who also has worked as as a sales rep for a major publishing company, will discuss the Sales/Marketing side of the publishing process.

In addition, at this meeting we will announce the start of an exciting benefit for current dues-paid WNBA-Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club members! These members will be able to enter our raffle for free literary services, compliments of WNBA members. Please click here for further details and updates, including how to enter the raffle.

Carin Siegfried, Carin Siegfried Editorial – 10 page critique
Betsy Thorpe, Betsy Thorpe Literary Services – 10 page critique or query critique
Quinlan Lee, Adams Literary – query critique
Linda Vigen Phillips, author – 5 page poem or book-in-verse critique
Emily Smith Pearce, author — 10 page critique or book club visit
Lisa Williams Kline, author — 10 page critique


1) Winners must be active members of WNBA and/or CWC.

2) Prizes must be claimed within 60 calendar days from the drawing date.

3) WNBA and/or CWC are not responsible for the services provided.

4) No monetary compensation provided in lieu of services.


WNBA Book Club News — And don’t miss our next meeting – Tuesday, February 5!

Join our WNBA-Charlotte Book Club!

Our next book is Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall.  For more info, click here too.

Discussion is on February 5, 7:00 PM, at the Panera at 5940 Fairview, right near SouthPark Mall.

If you need more info, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .