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Kidlitosphere Conference 2015

Kidlitcon 2015 will be held October 9 & 10 at the Hyatt Place Harbor East in Baltimore, Maryland. Early Bird registration is now closed. You may still register on-site. The conferrence program is here

The theme for the conference is Celebrating Young People’s Literature ​and the celebrating will happen throughout the conference! We hope to examine what makes a good children’s book, hear from judges who have participated in various award programs, and celebrate any authors or illustrators present at the conference. We’re also planning a birthday party for our own Cybils Awards, which will be entering its 10th year. Cybils will be a tween! Although diversity is not explicitly the theme this year as it was last year, diversity will be at the forefront of the discussions throughout the conference. We’re also planning to make career development a focus in some of the sessions, including sessions on blogging as a pathway to professional writing.

Similar to last year’s conference, Saturday will be the main day of the conference, but we plan a full day of sessions on Friday, so if your schedule permits, we hope that you can join us for both days. In addition, since the conference is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, which is a holiday for some people, we are planning a tour day on Sunday for those who are able to stay. We want to show off our beautiful city and visit a number of sites, including hopefully some with literary interest! (Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe lived in Baltimore for a time, died here under mysterious circumstances, and is buried here?) So when planning your travel dates, we hope that you can join us Sunday for some touring!

The Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor is a brand new hotel and everything is shiny & sparkly! The meeting room is just the perfect size for us, and can be easily divided into two sections for breakout sessions. It’s an actual meeting room, rather than a ballroom, and it has nice features including built-in A/V. The guest rooms are beautiful, with plenty of space for room sharing, and breakfast and wi-fi are included. The conference room rate is $175 per night, which is a significant discount from their regular room rate. All rooms have a sitting area with sofabed, so it will be easy to share rooms to save money. You can reserve your room now at this special reservation link or by calling the hotel and telling them that you are with Kidlitcon 2015. 

This year’s co-organizers are: 

Sheila Ruth (Wands and Worlds); and
Paula Willey (

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