Classroom Library Supplier, The Booksource, Named Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine

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Leading provider of classroom book sets to the K-12 school industry lauded for array of company benefits and open bookkeeping policy. The Booksource was featured in the June issue of INC Magazine for this accolade.

Booksource Leveled Books & Children's Book Sets for Classroom Libraries

The Booksource, a national trade book distributor specializing in classroom libraries and leveled children’s book sets is named one of the best small- and mid-sized company workplaces in the nation, according to a new national ranking from Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces.

The trade book supplier was one of 20 finalists selected from more than 500 candidates considered nationally. Inc. magazine’s June issue features The Booksource and the other finalists along with 20 winners of the ranking.

“As a family-owned and operated company we believe strongly that when you support your employees, they support your customers. We provide a number of benefits such as daycare subsidies, babies in the workplace, and paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave that we think are vital to the loyalty and well-being of our workers,” said Booksource CEO Sandy Jaffe.

The Booksource also has a full slate of other benefits and incentives, including the practice of open book management, annual bonuses, monthly company-wide lunch meetings, annual picnics, fund-raising support efforts for community outreach, $100 wellness reimbursement, employee loan program, tuition reimbursement, cash service awards, chair massages on company time, company-sponsored biggest loser and marathon teams and longevity anniversary awards.

This is the eighth consecutive year that Winning Workplaces, an Evanston, Ill., nonprofit organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures.

The common characteristics of the Top Small Company Workplaces winners and finalists include a commitment to aligning their workforce with a clear vision, mission and values; communicating with openness and trust; and investing in employees’ continuous learning and development. These practices were maintained or strengthened as a means to weather the recession. Further, many firms chose to share the pain rather than lay off colleagues. Salary reductions were taken across the organization, starting with the CEO.

Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 500 completed applications for the contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small- to mid-sized business judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver successful results.

"This year’s honorees show that the quality of the workplace can be a competitive advantage. I’m amazed at how well they have come through the recession. Clearly, their commitment to their values and people practices are an important part of this success," said Gaye van den Hombergh, president of Winning Workplaces.

About The Booksource
The Booksource is a distributor of children's literature to K-12 schools across the country, specializing in classroom libraries and children’s book sets. It has been wholesaling trade books nationally for 35 years and has 200 employees. Its divisions include Peaceable Kingdom Press of Berkeley, Calif., and San Val Inc., a short-run, hardcover binder servicing book distributors to the school and library markets. Additional information is available at


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