ABA’s Winter Institute 13, which took place in Memphis, Tenn. (January 22–25), brought together 680 booksellers from all 50 states for a series of panels and professional development events, including several focused on the children’s book market. We’ve gathered a selection of photos from the events, which featured an author reception, signings, galley grabs, and more.

Emily Hall, owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, Mo., holding up her “Read Books” tote bag, which she planned to fill at the Small Press Lunchtime Author Reception. Photo: Claire Kirch

It wouldn’t be Memphis without an Elvis lookalike. Here he poses with Alexandra Reid (l.) of Book Ends in Winchester, Mass., and Kelsy April of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Conn., at the Ingram Reception. Photo: Judith Rosen

Booksellers “shop” the Galley Room, which was well stocked with kids’ books. Photo: Judith Rosen

DeAndra Beard, owner of Beyond Barcodes Bookstore in Kokomo, Ind., talking with Junot Díaz (Islandborn, Dial) after his keynote. Photo: Claire Kirch

Kristen Kavic (l.) and Katie McKinley of Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Author Reception. Photo: Claire Kirch

Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone (Holt), signing books at the Author Reception. Photo: Claire Kirch

Angela Maria Spring, founder of Duende District Bookstore in Washington, D.C., speaking on behalf of immigrants at the Town Hall meeting. Photo: Judith Rosen

Emmanuel Abreu of Word Up Community Bookshop in New York City asked all the people of color to take the stage after the Town Hall meeting. He hoped that there would be too many to do this in the future. Photo: Judith Rosen

(From l.): Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of The Ghost Boys (Little, Brown), with Joan Trygg, manager of the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minn., and Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Color of After (Little, Brown). Photo: Claire Kirch

Catherine Fiebach, owner of Main Point books in Wayne, Pa., holds her copy of Oliver Jeffers’s Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (Philomel), while she waits in line to have it signed at the Author Reception. Photo: Claire Kirch

Cassandra Clare whetted bookseller appetites for her December 2018 release, Queen of Air and Darkness, by signing finished copies of City of Bones at the Author Reception. Photo: Claire Kirch

(From l.): At the Simon Schuster children’s dinner with Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone; Jessica Brody, author of The Chaos of Standing Still; Cassandra Clare, author of Queen of Air and Darkness; Mary H.K. Choi, author of Emergency Contact; and Neal Shusterman, author of Thunderhead. Photo: Courtesy of Simon Schuster

(From l.): Judith Lafitte, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, with Lacy Simons, owner of Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine, and Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga. Photo: Judith Rosen

Slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo signs copies of The Poet X (HarperTeen), following her appearance on the live broadcast of “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.” Photo: Claire Kirch

Terry Borzumato-Greenberg, v-p of marketing at Holiday House, with author Will Hillenbrand, author of First Star: A Bear and Mole Story, at the Small Press Lunchtime Author Reception. Photo: Judith Rosen

At Scholastic’s Meet and Treat After Party, Linda Devlin of Linda’s Story Time in Monroe, Conn., stands next to Peter H. Reynolds’s Word Collector Board, where attendees were encouraged to post their favorite word. Photo: Claire Kirch

From l.): Sayantani DasGupta, author of The Serpent’s Secret; Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, authors of Martin Rising; Brian Selznick, author of Baby Monkey, Private Eye; Jessica Verdi, author of And She Was; and Kehryn Callender, author of Hurricane Child, at the Meet and Treat After Party. Photo courtesy of Scholastic

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