The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group launched the Indie Booksellers Children’s Book of the Season (CBOTS) last year, with the Book of the  Season chosen by a panel of indie booksellers from a range of new children’s titles submitted by publishers. The Book of the Season aims to  showcase indie bookshops’ ability to promote and sell children’s books. 


The BA's Children's Bookselling Group has announced its Book of the Season for this spring as Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. 
This season’s title is the evocative, Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy, which follows the adventures of twins, Arthur and Maudie, as they travel through the imagined land of Lontown. The twins must embark on the winged ship, the Aurora in order to find the truth about their father’s disappearance and to salvage their family’s reputation. 

Brightstorm is published on 1st March by Scholastic.

For the spring season, around 60 indie bookshops are taking part and will be promoting Brightstorm for a minimum of two weeks from 3rd April. The BA will be supporting the promotion of the CBOTS through social media and promotional materials including posters, stickers, bookmarks and other POS material. Booksellers will also be supporting the Book of the Season on social media.  
The first CBOTS was Oi Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field. 
Publishers who would like to submit a title for the Spring Book of the Season should contact for a submission form. Booksellers can download the logo here.