Press Release Archive
2011 Pannell Award Winners
A jury of five book industry professionals deliberated for four weeks, then selected the winners based on creativity, responsiveness to community needs and an understanding of young readers. Jurors expressed admiration for all the nominated stores. In particular, the reasons they gave for the selected bookstores included:
Queen Anne Books was lauded for its “clear understanding of the needs of young readers at different ages and stages,” for “its creative ways to reach them (in stores, in schools, in libraries, in the community),” and for “not overlooking the oft-forgotten secret weapon, the parents.” Also impressive are “the fact that they reach out to children in foster homes and give discounts for parent-child book groups,” and “the Bookworms Little League Team.”
Fairytales Bookstore was praised for the “comprehensive approach it takes to involving kids in reading, from creative play and storytelling, to music, and visual arts.” Also noted was that “its daily story time offers many ways for kids to engage with reading and books.” Its attention to parents – their need to “relax and rejuvenate” in the store – was also commended.