Award-winning author Jason Reynolds, who is serving his second term as the 2018 Indies First spokesperson, the American Booksellers Association and American Express, and Reynolds’ publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, worked together to make available 20,000 special edition copies of Reynolds’s Ghost to young readers in underserved communities this holiday season. Through the initiative, Storybook Cove along with the Parents’ Association gave special “Indies First/ Small Business Saturday” paperback editions of Ghost to all of the seventh and eighth graders of the SOUTH SHORE CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL on or around Small Business Saturday®, which takes place on November 24.
Of his second term as Indies First spokesperson and of the #IndiesGiveBack campaign, Reynolds said, “Bookstores benefit their communities in a myriad of ways, Ghostand I’m thrilled that I get to sing their praises for another year. I’m grateful and honored that booksellers have this opportunity to share Ghost’s story with thousands of young people across the country who don’t have access to books they feel connected to.”
Indies First, launched by the American Booksellers Association in 2013 and held each year on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support and celebration of independent bookstores.
November 24 will be the ninth annual Small Business Saturday (#ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat). Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express.
THE BANNER WELCOMING YOU INTO STORYBOOK COVE TODAY WAS MADE BY STUDENTS AT THE SOUTH SHORE CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE BOOKS!