The 3-day biannual Baker & Taylor CATS (Children’s And Teen Services) Publisher Presentations for Winter-Spring 2012 took place in Branchburg, New Jersey this week. On Wednesday, Nov. 16th the large conference room at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) was packed with about 200 librarians as Carol Burrell, Graphic Universe’s Editorial Director and presenter extraordinaire, went into high gear showcasing Lerner’s exiting new list of books. The spirited presentation, utilizing PowerPoint and two large screens flanked at her sides, was met with enthusiasm and interest from the seasoned crowd. A mounting sense that Lerner’s new book lineup are strong contenders in the highly competitive publishing field is rapidly taking shape, yet again this year.

Other publishers (and competitors of Lerner) on hand Wednesday to present their lists were Candlewick, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. In addition, raffle tickets were drawn, awards handed out, and a charming new picture book titled M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) by New York Times Bestsellers Doreen Cronin and Laura Cornell (published by Simon & Schuster) was presented with a subsequent signing.

Lunch followed and the Graphic Universe team (Carol, Robyn and Danny) were delighted to discover that the sandwiches and desserts tasted unusually good on what was a wet and dreary autumn New Jersey day–albeit a successful one.