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BA Children’s Bookselling Group announces Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for July

Children's Book of the Month - July 2019

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced Anna at War by Helen Peters as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for July.

From the author of Evie’s Ghost, Anna at War follows Anna, a young German Jew who is sent to England to escape the dangers of World War Two. But as the war comes to Kent and Anna is caught in a web of secrets, she comes up with a dangerous plan to prove whose side she is on. Anna at War is published by Nosy Crow. 

On hearing of the book’s selection, Helen Peters said, “I am thrilled and honoured that Anna at War has been chosen as the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month. For my whole life, independent bookshops have been my favourite places. They are at the heart of every community that’s lucky enough to have one. They’re a haven of civilisation, connecting writers and readers by giving their customers personal attention in beautiful spaces where book-loving people will always find a home. I’ve never left a bookshop without feeling happier, calmer and more enriched. Booksellers are amazing people and independent bookshops are magical places.”   

 Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA, commented: “Anna at War is a brilliantly moving story, and I fell in love with the brave Anna. We are so pleased that the panel has selected this exciting, beautifully written book for Children’s Book of the Month.”

Chosen by a panel of independent booksellers from a range of new children’s titles, the Book of the Month showcases independent bookshops’ expertise at promoting and selling children’s books. 

Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Anna at War throughout July. The BA will be supporting the promotion of the Children’s Book of the Month through social media and promotional materials, including teachers notes, signed copies and more. Booksellers will also be supporting the Children’s Book of the Month on social media.