We Need Diverse Books announced in Minneapolis during this year’s annual gathering of booksellers at Winter Institute that nominations are now open for its inaugural Bookseller of the Year Award, which honors a bookstore or an individual bookseller for best exemplifying WNDB’s mission to “promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people" through the combination of the store's inventory, events, newsletters and social media, book displays, and personal interactions with customers.

The recipient of the annual award will receive one year’s custody of WNDB’s Bookseller of the Year trophy, featuring the art of illustrator LeUyen Pham, and $500. The inaugural award and trophy will be presented at the 2018 WNDB Walter Awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. WNDB will also sponsor an event at the winning bookstore with contributors to Flying Lessons, an anthology of essays by multicultural authors edited by WNDB founder Ellen Oh, three Gold Member subscriptions to WNDB’s soon-to-be-launched OurStory app providing access to 1,200 curated titles with diverse themes and characters, and other WNDB swag.

The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017; nominations by industry professionals as well as by bookstore customers can be submitted electronically at www.weneeddiversebooks.org/bookseller.