The 14th annual Winter Institute took place in Albuquerque from January 23–25. The event brought together more than 700 indie booksellers from all 50 states, 150 authors, and several hundred other industry professionals. We’ve gathered a selection of children’s book-related highlights from the event.

Thomas Lennon, author of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Amulet), with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, at the Author Reception.

Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island (Bloomsbury), chatting with a bookseller.

Simon Schuster authors (from l.): Christian Robinson (Another); Tanya Boteju (Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens); Matt Mendez (Barely Missing Everything); James Riley (Revenge of Magic); and Margaret Rogerson (Sorcery of Thorns).

Holly Goldberg Sloan signed copies of To Night Owl from Dogfish (Dial), the middle grade novel she co-wrote with Meg Wolitzer. Photo: Claire Kirch.

Holiday House hosted a dinner at St. Clair Winery in honor of the upcoming landing of The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen Savage (Neal Porter Books). (From l.): Guests in masquerade: Claire Kirch (PW), Jessica Bagnulo (Greenlight Books), Kate Reynolds (Colgate University Bookstore), Emma Nichols (the Elliott Bay Book Company), Ellen Richmond (Children’s Book Cellar), Monica Holmes (Hicklebee’s), Debbie Buck (Vintage Books), and author-illustrator Stephen Savage.

Mindy McGinnis took the stage to discuss her novel Heroine (HarperCollins/Tegen).

(From l.): Ibrahim Ahmad of Akashic Books, Stacey Lewis of City Lights Books, and Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press at the Indie Publishers’ Party at Slate Street Cafe.

Author Justin A. Reynolds signing copies of his debut novel, Opposite of Always (HarperCollins/Tegen).

Dylan Meconis signed copies of her graphic novel, Queen of the Sea (Walker Books US). Photo: Claire Kirch.

(From l.): Holly Brochmann, co-author of A Feel Better Book for Little Tears; Jason Wells, marketing director of Magination Press; and Ian Hoffman, co-author of Jacob’s Room to Choose, at the Author Lunch signing.

Stephanie Garber signed samplers of The Finale (Flatiron), the conclusion to her Caraval trilogy. Photo: Claire Kirch.

Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox, the creative team behind Llama Destroys the World (Holt), signing their first ARC ever.

Candlewick Press celebrated authors Dylan Meconis, Susan Kuklin, and Robert Sabuda at Artichoke Café in Albuquerque. (From l.): Daniel Zolinsky (Casa Camino Real Book Store Art Gallery), Connie Griffin (Bookworks), Denise Chavez (seated, Casa Camino Real), Sara Luce Look (Charis Books More), Sara Grochowski (McLean and Eakin Booksellers), Elise Supovitz (Candlewick Press), Cecilia Cackley (East City Bookshop), Sami Thomason (Square Books), Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea), Susan Kuklin (We Are Here to Stay), Brien Lopez (Children’s Book World), Shoshonna Roberts (Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop), Jamie Ortwein (The King’s English), Casey Gerken (Innisfree Bookshop), Gibran Graham (The Briar Patch), and Jamie Tan (Candlewick Press).