One of the most overlooked sources for distribution of your children’s book are school libraries. In the U.S. alone, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, there were 90,000 elementary school libraries in 2014, alone. Consider that if even a small percentage of them purchased your book? However, you can’t just go up to each and every school librarian and ask them to carry your book. For one thing, you would be traveling constantly, and secondly it would be a wasted trip because school librarians must purchase books according to their district’s policies and budgets. Use the following information to learn how to reach librarians when as they are setting the budgets for the year, where the cool school librarians hang out, and which publications, events, and activities nearly guarantee that a certain amount of your books will make their way into eager young readers’ hands.

Sell Your Children’s Book at Home, First

Begin by making a list of schools that are all within at least a one to two hours’ drive from your home. There are a vast number of schools that you will most likely find within just that concentric circle. Make particular note of the contact information for the district school office. If they list them, you will be looking specifically for the curriculum director, or textbook director. This person is responsible for adopting new material and releasing funds for the new materials. The district’s school website will list events and activities for the area. Schedule your marketing plan around those events and plan to reach out to the coordinators to see how you can be included.

Offer to Speak for Free

A great way to introduce yourself and your books to the schools is to offer to speak for free to classrooms, and to teachers’ groups. Most students in all states will undergo some type of a writing assessment and an author that can come in and address any of the elements of the writing process, processes that may help young writers, will be most welcome. Most schools have strict policies about you selling anything directly to the kids, however, you can invite them to a book signing that you will hold (conveniently) the following day or within that week. If you have promotional items, this is a great time to give them away. You can easily and inexpensively create stickers that say “I met an author, today!” and have children wear them around proudly. Teachers groups will want to know what they can use your books for, so if your topic ties in to any of the Common Core standards, then you will have an automatic “hook” that will make teachers in-service meetings interesting and profitable. You will be able to sell directly to the teachers before and after the meetings, but make sure to check with the principal before you just assume this policy.

Adult Workshops

You are not the only one to want to write a children’s book. The difference is that you have actually done it! There are many who wish they were you right now. Share the knowledge you have gained with the publication of your book, as well as the writing process with others. Work through a community education group and charge a nominal fee for a 4-6 week workshop. Sharing your experiences and assisting others in making their dreams come true is not only good karma, but it extends your networking channels.

School Book Fairs

Most schools have book fairs twice a year (Spring and Fall), usually during open house. Most school book fairs are fundraisers for the library, so it is not uncommon for the librarian to want a percentage of your sales. You should be ready to set up your own presentation booth and display so if you don’t already have those, you should begin to get those items together and make them look as professional as possible.

Homeschoolers

Many parents have begun homeschooling their children and are ardent supporters of reading. Most states list homeschool co-ops, so you can locate where the chapters are and reach out to them. Unlike public schools, you can offer your books for sale, and there are annual conferences that you can plan to attend.

The American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) has over 58,000 members and is THE association for all libraries in the U.S….not just school libraries. The yearly ALA tradeshow will see booths set up by publishers to promote their titles to the attendees, and to hand out free samples with information on how to order more. The ALA schedules its conference to take advantage of school district’s budget release period, which is usually in the summer (typically June/July). The ALA states that at least 92% of those who attend the conference have buying influence over the types of books purchased for their libraries. If you’ve never been to one, you should simply attend without displaying so that you can see what is involved and can plan to create a booth that will stand up to the others on display.

A book signing is considered a rather difficult endeavor for any author interested in marketing their published works. In order to successfully pull off a book signing, an author needs to go through some careful planning and maintain a serious work ethic to make the event happen. Not all potential venues accept authors for a book signing. If a venue does allow authors to hold a book signing on their premises, the author must make sure to go through proper channels and have a solid return policy in place. Imagine how difficult it must be for a children’s book author to book a signing event for their works. Few places allow children’s book authors, let alone authors, to hold a book signing without having some sort of marketing platform or following. However, there still exists several places where a children’s book author can hold a book signing and interact with current and newfound fans. Remaining organized and understanding how the process works is half the battle.

Best Venues for Children’s Book Signings

What is the goal of a successful book signing? The main goal of holding a book signing is drawing guests to the event in order to sell books. In order to accomplish that goal, a children’s book author needs to find the best venue possible for their event. The best venue possible is one where an author can find potential readers, as well as successfully meet up with their current readers. Before booking the perfect venue, it is important to research potential locations where a children’s book author can hold a book signing.

Book Signings in Book Stores

Naturally, the best venue for a children’s book signing is a bookstore. Many bookstores have enough floor space for children and their parents to gather and meet authors. Some bookstores dedicate a large portion of their floor space to children’s and teen books, so authors should consider that particular location as a prospective venue for their book signing. A number of bookstores do hold author events, but not all allow independent authors to schedule events like book signings in their store, unless they meet certain criteria. Some bookstore chains will allow an independent author to schedule a signing if they can tie it into an event, such as face painting, or a real life encounter with something interesting (no…you don’t count). Bookstores will want a percentage of the sales which you must agree to ahead of time, and the stores must be able to obtain your books ahead of time so that they can adequately promote you. If you do not have a way for the bookstore to obtain or order at least a unit of 25-50 books, then get one. You will have very little success without this ability.

There are several distributors who carry books in their warehouse. Your bookstore no doubt orders directly from them. However, they will order directly from you if you can show that you have a track record of selling a set number of books per signing. Having a gimmick when you sell your books, like free giveaways, offering free pictures with the book’s character, etc.. are all great ways to get parents to turn out for the event.

Independent bookstores can be your champions as they set their own schedules and decide which books they will carry. Most bookstores schedule their events six months or more in advance so make sure you book early.

Book Signings in Libraries

Libraries typically hold many types of community events throughout the month. Author signings happen to be one of the more common events, usually taking place during most months of the year. In most cases, libraries require authors to schedule their prospective signings a few months in advance. Most libraries will schedule author signings or programs up to six months in advance. To book a children’s book signing, it is suggested to get in touch with the children’s department at your local library. Many children’s librarians are willing to talk with authors about scheduling a potential event for their part of the building. Authors may also be able to donate their books to their local library in anticipation of their signing event, however, most libraries have certain requirements for independent and local authors who want to donate their works to the library.

Book Signings at Children’s Festivals and Events

Look in your local area to see what types of festivals and events will be taking place throughout the year, then schedule to be there. Many of these events will charge a booth fee, but they are usually nominal and you will tend to sell more books in these events than in many book stores. Make your booth very visual and offer free giveaways.

Any and all venues where children and their parents abound are fair game for book signings and events. The more creative you become, the more books you will sell. As a prerequisite to most of these events, you will need to make sure to create a very good presskit with quality photos and information.

The best children’s books stick around for generations. Even when reading trends come and go, classic children’s books usually end up in the hands of kids and adults reading them generation after generation. There are ten children’s books that are recognized as the best children’s reading classics of all time. See if you’ve read any of them, and if not, treat yourself by doing so.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A contemporary classic for young children, this children’s tale visually follows a caterpillar munching his way through a variety of foods, and later grows into a beautiful butterfly. The classic children’s tale educates kids about several topics, including the lifecycle of butterflies, different foods, and the days of the week, as well as appreciating one’s own inner beauty. Young readers.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are sends young readers into an unknown world where all sorts of wild things exist. Kids can read the story of a young boy named Max, dressed in a wolf’s outfit, who travels to the unknown island from this bedroom, soon encountering a bevy of wild things. Young readers.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown

A book that’s usually read to young children, Goodnight Moon is one of the first books kids read with parents as a bedtime story. In this story, a bunny says goodnight to everything that he can see from the comforts of his own room. Young readers.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Although relatively new to the world of children’s classics, the first of this seven-part series introduces kids and adults to the orphan Harry Potter, who discovers he’s a wizard and starts a new life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Older readers.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The first of seven books, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduces young and older readers to the world of Narnia, a place where the children can visit through a wardrobe closet. The book has been the subject of a film adaptation and has been ranked on several all-time lists, curated by the world’s most famous publications. Older readers.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most popular children’s books of all time, having inspired kids and adults around the world. The story follows a poor, yet selfless boy named Charlie and his fateful trip to Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. Older readers.

Little Women by Louis May Alcott

A multi-genre classic, Little Women has been enjoyed by both children and adults for decades. The woman-centric story revolves around four sisters and their journey to becoming women. Older readers.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel), the story follows a human-like cat who arrives at Sally’s home and entertains the children while making a mess. With the help of Thing 1 and Thing 2, the mess is eventually cleaned up before Sally’s mother gets home. Young readers.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web is one of the best-selling paperback books of all time and has also been immortalized in film, animation, and even a video game. The story follows a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur. Charlotte ends up using her web spinning skills to make words that help save Wilbur from slaughter. Young readers.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The children’s classic Harold and the Purple Crayon lets kids visit a world where they can draw things as they understand them. In the story, a four-year-old boy creates a world with help from his trusty purple crayon and eventually goes on many adventures thanks to it. Young readers.

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