The BA launches Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month

POSTED ON: 23/10/18 TAGS: Booksellers Association Children's Indies

by BMS

Submissions for Q1 2019 open on Monday 22 October

January 2019 will see the launch of the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month which will be chosen by a panel of independent booksellers, from a range of new children’s titles submitted by publishers.

It will give one new children’s book the opportunity of focused promotion in independent bookshops across the country each month, with the organiser’s stated goal to showcase independent bookshops’ power and unique expertise to drive sales of children’s books.

Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the Booksellers Association, said: “We launched the Children’s Book of the Season in Autumn 2017, and it’s proved so popular that we’re delighted to now be relaunching it as a monthly campaign. The Children’s Book of the Month creates a unique platform to celebrate children’s writers and illustrators. It also demonstrates the enormous impact that independent booksellers can make by working together to build readerships for the books they love.”

Submissions are open to books for children aged up to 11 years old across picture books, middle-grade fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with the genre varying from month to month. Publishers will be invited to submit titles on a quarterly basis, with a maximum of six titles per quarter. Submissions must be published within the quarter – or ideally the month – of promotion, and sequels will not be considered. Full submission details can be found at

Submissions for the first quarter of 2019 close on Monday 5 November

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