Nominees for 2017 WNBA Pannell Awards Announced- and Byrd’s Books is on the list!

Byrd’s Books was named one of 18 general bookstores nominated for the WNBA Pannell Award.

Eighteen general bookstores and 19 children’s specialty bookstores have been nominated for the Women’s National Book Association’s 2017 WNBA Pannell Awards, which honor bookstores that enhance their communities by using exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading among their young patrons. Each year since 1983, the WNBA, which celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, has bestowed the award for children’s bookselling upon one general bookstore and one children’s specialty bookstore.

The jurors will make their decision in early May, and one winner in each category will be notified. The two winning stores will each receive a $1,000 check and a framed, signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.

The awards will be presented on Friday, June 2, at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast at BookExpo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Pannell Award winners will also be honored during WNBA’s centennial festivities in October.

The WNBA Pannell Award is co-sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group.

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