Do you have a favorite children’s bookstore? Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for the Pannell Award? 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 and books 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. Anyone can make a nomination, and the deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 31st!
Nominations are simple to submit via our dedicated email: PannellAward@gmail.com. Your nominating email should include the following:
- Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
- That person’s connection to the nominated store
- A brief statement outlining the reasons that store is being nominated
- Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store
Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters. Read about last year’s winners here.