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

Read our December 2012 Newsletter Today!

Here’s our NEW December 2012 WNBA Charlotte newsletter — hot off the computer! We hope you enjoy reading it.

December 2012 Newsletter

We welcome your suggestions for articles, too.  Please DO volunteer to write a piece for us — we will love you if you do!  If you are interested, please contact our Newsletter Editor Jessica Daitch, jessica_daitch@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance.

Many thanks to Jessica, who writes our newsletters, and to WNBA Charlotte Board member Susan Vitale, who formats them.  We appreciate your hard work on behalf of our chapter.

Happy Holidays to everyone, and all the best for 2013!

Please join WNBA in giving generously to UNICEF this holiday season!


Give an Inspired Gift in the name of a loved one and UNICEF will ship lifesaving food, water and healthcare directly to children in desperate need. 

Inspired Gifts are real lifesaving products shipped straight from UNICEF warehouses to the children who need them most. Send a gift to children in need in the name of your loved ones, and they will mail a beautiful card to your loved ones letting them know how you have honored them.

Give by December 12 and your Inspired Gift will be matched, $1-for-$1, up to $250,000.

Mosquito Nets – Give three insect-repellent treated nets to protect children from mosquito-borne malaria for $18.75.

Ready-to-Eat Peanut Paste – Provide enough therapeutic food to save 10 children from acute malnutrition for $67.48.

School-in-a-Box Kit – Send enough supplies to hold class anywhere – even in the most dire circumstances for $236.06.

You may also choose to give UNICEF cards and gifts. When you give these unique gifts to your friends and family, you’ll support UNICEF’s lifesaving work.

Finally, you can also give the gift of life to children around the world – children in Angola who are at risk of acute malnutrition because of drought, or children in Pakistan whose homes have been inundated by horrific flooding.

On behalf of the children of the world, thank you for supporting UNICEF!

WNBA Supports the US Fund for UNICEF

Take a Stand for Girls’ Education

On October 9th, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot for her tireless advocacy on behalf of Pakistani girls and their right to receive an education. The assassination attempt sent shockwaves around the world, instantly elevating the issue of girls being denied education in countries like Pakistan.

The benefits of educating girls cannot be denied. In fact, some estimates attribute half of the drop in the under five child mortality rate to an increase in women’s education.

In the last seven years, UNICEF has enrolled more than half a million girls as first-time students in Pakistan. Still, just 48% of girls are enrolled in school and, in some areas, female literacy is as low as 7%. UNICEF’s Education for All Children program seeks to change that.

Read more about UNICEF’s work!

Enter WNBA’s 1st Annual Writing Contest!

Get all the details here!

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2012.  Submit your entries today!

Celebrate National Reading Group Month in October!

October Is National Reading Group Month! 

Please visit the National Reading Group Month website for lots more details and useful information, too. 

And be sure to join us at WNBA Charlotte and celebrate with us at our 
Bibliofeast Book & Author Dinner!

The all new 2012 GREAT GROUP READS list of recommended books is here!  Check out this outstanding list of recommended books for book clubs and reading groups.  Several of our WNBA Charlotte members were on the selection committee, and they can tell you how good these books are, too.

BIBLIOFEAST 2012 is coming October 22! Mark your calendar today!

WNBA Charlotte’s

3rd Annual BIBLIOFEAST Book & Author Dinner
celebrating National Reading Group Month! 

Monday, October 22,
6:00 – 9:00 PM,
Maggiano’s Little Italy, SouthPark Mall, Charlotte,

8 to 10 terrific authors! Books for sale! Good food and libations!

 Purchase tickets online NOW or buy them at Park Road Books in Charlotte.

For more details, click here:  BIBLIOFEAST 2012

Author Ann Patchett Wins 2012 WNBA Award

The Women’s National Book Association has announced Ann Patchett as the winner of the 2012-2013 WNBA Award. The award is presented by WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation. Patchett, in addition to authoring a number of bestselling books, opened the independent bookstore Parnassus Books in Nashville in 2011.

VOTE for your WNBA National officers! Vote by May 14!

As required by WNBA bylaws, via this post and via email, we are delivering the ballot below to all active WNBA – Charlotte members to allow you to cast your vote for the slate of officers put forth by the WNBA National nominating committee. 


You can cast your vote in favor of the slate by copying the list of nominees below into an email to Valerie Tomaselli ( vtomaselli@mtmpublishing.com ) and typing in “YES” after the name of each candidate.

PLEASE NOTE!  Our own Carin Siegfried is the nominee for Vice President/President Elect!  We think Carin will be an excellent addition to the WNBA National Board, and we know that our Charlotte chapter will benefit greatly from having Carin in this high profile national role.

Thank you for your support and participation!


Women’s National Book Association Slate of officers for 2012 – 2014:

Vice President/President-Elect:   Carin Siegfried, Charlotte, NC

Treasurer:   Gloria Toler, Nashville, TN

Secretary:   Annette Marie Haley, Detroit, MI

Cast your vote in favor of the slate by copying the list of nominees above into an email to Valerie Tomaselli ( vtomaselli@mtmpublishing.com ) and typing in “YES” after the name of each candidate.  Please be sure to vote by May 14. Thanks!

 Annette Marie Haley, WNBA Nominations Committee Chair
Committee members: Valerie Tomaselli, NYC, and Lisa Braxton, Boston


Read THE BOOKWOMAN – Spring 2012 issue!

The Spring 2012 issue of WNBA’s national newsletter, THE BOOKWOMAN, is available now. Read it here on our website! This new issue also includes an interview with our WNBA – Charlotte President, Susan Walker.

THE BOOKWOMAN Spring 2012 issue

For back issues, WNBA members can go to the national website and login to the Members Only area to access them.  (If you need the login, please contact us at WNBA – Charlotte for assistance.)