The New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council is a voluntary organization dedicated to excellence in independent children’s bookselling. We offer a support network to any current NEIBA member who shares the goal of encouraging quality and service within the children’s book industry, and also a means for helping NEIBA organize periodic educational programming.



NECBA Fall Conference Workshops

TUESDAY September 20, 2016

2:30pm – 3:45 pm
NECBA Annual Meeting &
NECBA Picks:
The Windows & Mirrors Project and Hot Children’s Books to Know about this Holiday Season

NECBA proudly presents a selection of our favorite books from 2016. NECBA members will highlight titles from board books to Young Adult books. The Windows & Mirrors team will unveil and present six books representing the best in children’s books and diversity that the committee is very excited to showcase. The committee will also distribute the long list of titles recommended by NECBA and BPRNE. This session is particularly recommended for general NEIBA bookstore and booksellers who would like to learn about hot children’s titles to know and stock this holiday season including NEIBA Holiday Catalog titles. Handouts provided. The session will begin with the NECBA Annual Meeting. Moderated by NECBA Chairs, Sara Hines, Eight Cousins, Falmouth MA and Robin Sung, Porter Square Books. Cambridge, MA.

THURSDAY September 22, 2016

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Growing a Children’s Bookseller: Demystifying stages of reading from birth to Young Adult

This session presents four stages of reading to help children’s booksellers and non-children’s booksellers navigate the developmental stages of the children’s section. The panel will offer education and talking points for pre-literacy (babies through age 3/4), early readers (ages 5-7), middle grade (ages 8-12), and teens (12+). Designed to help all booksellers understand key components of each stage in order to increase customer engagement and offer informative recommendations to customer queries in the children’s section. The panel will include Eileen Lawrence (Director of Marketing, Algonguin Young Readers); Katie McGarry (Sales Rep, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);
Lucille Rettino (V.P. Director of Marketing, Children’s Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster). Moderated by
Beth Wagner (Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, Vermont).