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Seeking Nominations for 2019 WNBA Pannell Award

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, February 6, 2019



Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling in the United States. 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 children and young adults.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two award winners: one general bookstore and one children’s specialty bookstore. Nominations come from customers, sales reps, bookstore employees, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.

There are two easy ways to nominate a bookstore for the WNBA Pannell Award.  

  1. Complete the Online Nomination Form (
  2. Email and include the following:
    • Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
    • That person’s connection to the nominated bookstore
    • Bookstore name, address, and contact information for the bookstore owner/manager
    • A brief statement outlining the reasons for nominating the bookstore


Nominations must be received by February 21, 2019. Then the WNBA Pannell Award co-chairs will reach out to all nominated bookstores to request a formal electronic submission. Submissions should include a description of programs, events, activities, goals, and any contributions to the bookseller’s local community that focus on connecting kids to the love of reading. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, and other supplementary material may be included in the submission.


Once the WNBA Pannell Award jurors have reviewed all submissions, the winning bookstores will be notified by phone and all submitting bookstores will also receive a call. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original art piece from a children’s book illustrator. The presentation of the award will be in New York City at the BookExpo/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, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters. Established in 1917, WNBA ( is a national organization of women and men who promote the value of 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 about book lovers and professionals.

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