Children's Specialist

Position: Children’s Specialist - 30- 40 hours per week (est. $18 - $20/hr. commensurate w/experience)

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{pages} seeks a qualified, enthusiastic, self-directed individual to serve as our children’s specialist to curate our front list and backlist ordering, oversee merchandising in the children’s section and coordinate children’s events both in-store, and in partnership with our local schools and libraries.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Frontlist and backlist book ordering for the children’s department · Reading and reviewing children’s and YA books for shelf talkers and Edelweiss
  • Establishing and maintaining valuable relationships with children reps from our publishing partners
  • Writing proposals for author events
  • Merchandising the children’s department and window displays
  • Coordinating and overseeing weekly story times
  • Coordinating author school visits
  • Overseeing our children’s and YA books clubs
  • Supporting, fostering, and nurturing relationships with school and public library children’s librarians.
  • Working some weekends and evenings

Note: Some ordering, writing of event proposals and event planning can be done remotely. Approximately 20 hours per week must be in store and on the sales floor.


  • Book and/or retail experience a big plus
  • Enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable about children’s literature and children’s authors
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Comfortable with computers
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Knowledge of bookstore POS and other systems a plus (Anthology, Edelweiss, Above the Treeline and Square)
  • Friendly, warm, team player
  • Strong interest in working with children, parents and grand parents
  • Self-motivated, the ability to multi-task and quickly shift focus
  • Own transportation for traveling to schools and offsite events preferred


Please submit cover letter and resume to Linda McLoughlin Figel –