Allyson Hickey, Executive Director, brings over 15 years experience in children’s bookselling, publishing, children’s literacy programs, consulting and event planning to booked.
Growing up a reluctant reader, Allyson eventually connected with books in her early 20s. Since then, she has been passionate about exposing all individuals she meets, especially children, to the delights of literacy.
Allyson worked as a children’s bookseller encouraging young readers to experience the joys of reading. The bookstore served a perfect venue to pair readers to the books they were meant to enjoy. She created and ran “Chat n Chew” book clubs and writing workshops in local schools exposing young readers to the impact of written stories.
A huge supporter of authors, Allyson received her Certificate in Publishing from Sarah Lawrence College to better understand and appreciate the journey an author embarks on when writing and publishing a book. With event planning experience from a major hotel chain and an internationally known research organization, Allyson has experience in the many facets of orchestrating a successful event.
In addition to reading and inspiring readers of all ages, Allyson is the mother of four children, loves yoga, playing golf with her husband, cooking, art and walking her puggle, Winston.