As the newest member of the ShelfTalker team, I wanted to say a quick hello. I’ve been lucky enough to buy books for BookPeople’s children’s book department in Austin for the last 10 years, and I’m really looking forward to exploring our ongoing adventures in bookselling with you and my fellow ShelfTalker contributors in the upcoming year!
Although last fall was a tumultuous season (to say the least), we’re coming off a bustling December that reminded me of the essential, positive role books play in bringing us together around words and ideas that shape who we are. It gives me great heart that the bestselling children’s book of BookPeople’s holiday season was I Dissent, Debbie Levy’s look at the life of a notorious judicial icon who has never struggled to form an opinion or state it boldly. Separating personal feeling from well-reasoned dissent, this timely tribute to the value of clear-eyed debate will hopefully inspire young thinkers to navigate the discomfort of disagreement and calmly speak their minds. I honestly can’t think of a better book to take our community into this coming year.
I’ll be posting more from the bookselling trenches soon. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what books resonated with your communities this holiday season.
Happy New Year!
Meghan Dietsche Goel
Children’s Book Buyer & Programming Director