Nominations for the 2017 Pannell Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Pannell Awards! The Pannell Award was established in 1981 to laud booksellers who encourage and increase children’s interest in books. Named after Lucile Micheels Pannell, who was a founding member of one of the WNBA chapters, the award is now co-sponsored by the Penguin Young Readers Group.

Two bookstores receive the award every year: one children’s specialty bookstore and one general bookstore. The awards, which include a cash prize as well as art by a children’s book illustrator, is presented at BookExpo America.

Nominate a bookstore here! Nominations are open until April 10, 2017th. No books in the NYC area have won since 1991, when now-closed A Child’s Story in Teaneck, NJ, won, so if you have a store you think does great work at promoting reading for children, nominate it for one of the 2017 Pannell Awards!

You’ll find a list of past award winners with links to their sites below. You may notice that a number of the bookstores don’t have links. Unfortunately, many of these bookstores have closed their doors (check out this Publishers Weekly article on children’s bookstores closing or you could always watch You’ve Got Mail). Either way, support independent bookstores! A great place to start is by nominating one you know and love for the 2017 Pannell Awards so you can help get the bookstore’s name out.


2017 Pannell awards

Wild Rumpus Books
Courtesy of Wild Rumpus

Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MD

Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, MN


Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA


Devany, Doak, and Garrett Booksellers, Farmington, ME

4 Kids Books and Toys, Zionsville, IN


Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

2017 Pannell awards

The Book Beat
Courtesy of The Book Beat


The Book Beat, Oak Park, MI

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Clarence, NY


Queen Anne Books, Seattle, WA

Fairytales Bookstore, Nashville, TN


2017 Pannell awards

Green Toad Bookstore
Courtesy of Green Toad

Green Toad Bookstore, Oneonta, NY

Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA


Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, LaVerne, CA


Kepler’s Books and Magazines, Menlo Park, CA

The Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, VT


Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Wonderland Books, Rockford, IL


2017 Pannell Awards

Kepler’s Books and Magazines
Courtesy of Kepler’s

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


2017 Pannell awards

Queen Anne Book Company
Courtesy of Queen Anne

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


2017 Pannell awards

Fairytales Bookstore
Courtesy of Fairytales

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

2017 Pannell awards

Flying Pig Bookstore
Courtesy of Flying Pig


R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

Enchanted Forest Books for Children, Dallas, TX


Edward T. Rabbit & Co., Richmond, VA

Barron’s Books, Longview, TX


Compass Rose Bookshop, Orleans, MA

Adventures for Kids, Ventura, CA

2017 Pannell awards

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Courtesy of Joseph-Beth


Barron’s Books, Longview, TX


Skippack Children’s Books, Skippack, PA

Red & Black Books, Seattle, WA


A Child’s Story, Teaneck, NJ

Little Professor Book Center, La Vista, NE

2017 Pannell awards

The team at Little Shop of Stories
Courtesy of Little Shop of Stories


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


A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore, Alexandria, VA


The Children’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL


The Children’s Hour, Salt Lake City, UT


Toad Hall Children’s Bookstore, Austin, TX


R.M. Mills Bookstore, Nashville, TN


OxCart Bookshop, Rochester, NY

About Katherine Akey

Katherine is a copywriter and an all-around bookworm who enjoys reading classics, literary fiction, and just about anything that crosses her desk.

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