Save the date! Wednesday, May 31, during BookExpo, will feature a full evening (5:15–7:30pm) of children’s book events at the Javits Center South Concourse in New York City. The Children’s Book Council and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA are once again teaming up to present the Silent Art Auction to Benefit ABFFE (American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression), and the CBC and Every Child a Reader will present the winners of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang will serve as honorary chair and awards announcer for the evening’s festivities. According to Carl Lennertz, executive director of CBC and Every Child a Reader, details are being finalized and a more formal announcement will be made in the coming months. “BEA is so packed,” he noted; by offering early notice, he said, “we wanted to make sure we’re on everyone’s radar.”