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CBB Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap recap

The room contained editors. Reviewers. Book designers. Children’s lit students. Booksellers. Writers. Professors. Librarians. And books.

Children’s Books Boston’s Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap, held at Simmons College, on Thursday, September 3, was a simple concept. Show up. Bring a book to swap, and fill out a card explaining why you liked it. Eat. Drink. Chat, probably about books.

For the sort of people interested in a reception hosted by CBB, an organization “dedicated to providing a shared space for interaction and discussion among greater Boston companies, institutions, groups, and individuals who work with children’s books,” the book-swap element was no problem. The table filled with recent books, galleys of soon-to-be-published books, classics, and everything in between. Some attendees stuck new literary discoveries in their bags. A few regretfully declined to do so, citing the groaning shelves already in their lives.

Mostly, we mingled. There was chatter about Simmons classes, about big and small publishers, about babies and Orphan Black and (of course) books. CBB partners Cathie Mercier of Simmons, Yolanda Scott of Charlesbridge, and our own Roger Sutton broke in briefly to welcome us and tell us about the year’s upcoming CBB events: a winter “postmortem” for the ALSC awards, and a reprise in the spring of the Wicked Boston Children’s Book Trivia Challenge.

In other words, we’ll see you next time. And we’ll talk about books. (Don’t wait to wait until the next event? Come chat with us on Facebook!)

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CBB-goers: Whitney Leader-Picone, Yolanda Scott, Janice Hechter, Siân Gaetano, and Katrina Hedeen.

CBB-goers: Whitney Leader-Picone, Yolanda Scott, Janice Hechter, Siân Gaetano, and Katrina Hedeen.

Shoshana Flax About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.



  1. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    A few handouts snagged at the event:

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