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Monday
Mar142016

Announcing the #KidLitCon 2016 Theme, Logo, and Hotel

 


Kidlitcon 2016 will be held October 14th and 15th in Wichita, KS. This year’s theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy.

As you probably know if you are reading this, KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who care about, and blog about, children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, and book reviewers. KidLitCon is a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. Attending is a great way to turn virtual blogging friends into real world friends. Past conference topics have ranged from conquering the blogging blahs to learning to podcast to ways to support diverse books. We hope that you’ll join us in 2016!

This year’s primary organizer is Melissa Fox from Book Nut, aided by a team of past organizers and new assistants. The KidLitCon logo, updated for this year, was designed by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

A note on the image in this year’s logo: It’s called Keeper of the Plains. The city of Wichita commissioned it from artist and sculptor Blackbear Bosin, a Kiowa-Comanche, in 1974 as part of a Wichita Bicentennial celebration. The sculpture sits at the confluence of the Arkansas and the Little Arkansas rivers, a place that was considered a sacred site by Native Americans and home to the Ouachita tribe. Since that time, the statue has become a one of the most recognizable and iconic images of the city.

The hotel for KidLitCon will be the Drury Inn Broadview in Wichita, Kansas.Follow this link to reserve rooms at the KidLitCon rate ($119 - $129/night, including complimentary breakfast and wifi). Book your rooms now!   

Please help by spreading the word! You can also be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr. The call for papers for KidLitCon will be announced soon.  

Monday
Feb292016

Save the Date for KidLitCon 2016

The 2016 Kidlitosphere Conference (Kidlitcon 2016) will be held October 14th and 15th in Wichita, KS. Details about the hotel will follow soon, but please do save the date! This year’s primary organizer is Melissa Fox from Book Nut, aided by a team of past organizers and new assistants. 

KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who care about, and blog about, children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, and book reviewers. KidLitCon is a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. Attending is a great way to turn virtual blogging friends into real world friends. Past conference topics have ranged from conquering the blogging blahs to learning to podcast to ways to support diverse books. We hope that you’ll consider joining us in 2016!

Please help by spreading the word! You can also be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr

Monday
Oct262015

#KidLitCon 2015 Recaps

The 2015 Kidlisophere Conference was help October 9th and 10th. A fabulous time was had by all. Our keynote speeches from Carrie Mesrobian and Tracey Baptiste are now available on YouTube.

Because this was a conference for bloggers, we’ll leave the bloggers to tell you more about this year’s KidLitCon:

Five Highlights from KidLitCon 2015 - a guest post by Mary Fan at the Glass House Press blog.

Kickin’ Back With #KidLitCon by Libertad Araceli Thomas, a guest post at Latin@s in Kid Lit 

KidLitCon 2015, Part OnePart Two, and Part Three from Sondra (Sondy) Ecklund at Sonder Books

KidlitCon 2015 in Pictures from Melissa Fox at The Book Nut

Kidlitcon 2015 from Katy K. at alibrarymama

Bookish Adventures: Kidlitcon 2015!!!! from Marissa Nicole at Marissa Reads

Kidlitcon 2015 from Jennifer Schultz of The Kiddosphere @ Fauquier

KidLitCon 2015 - a quick report from Alysa Stewart at Everead

Report from KidLitCon! from Mary Fan at Zigzag Timeline

KidLitCon 2015 Recap! from Alyssa Susanna at The Eater of Books!

Blather- What I Learned at Kidlitcon from Karen Yingling at Ms Yingling Reads

Intersectionality & Positionality from Zetta Elliott

Many thanks to everyone who attended, presented, sponsored, and otherwise helped to make KidLitCon possible!! Special thanks to:

Bearport Publishing
Brightly
Candlewick
Glass House Press
HMH
Kane Miller Books
Little, Brown Young Readers
Little Pickle Press
Mighty Media Press
Open Road
Papercutz
Sky Pony Press
Sarah Stevenson

From the 2015 KidLitCon Organizing Committee:

Sheila Ruth
Paula Willey
Charlotte Taylor
Jen Robinson 

Thursday
Sep172015

Attend #KidLitCon 2015, and Meet These Fellow #KidLit Fans

One of the best things about KidLitCon is the chance to meet and hang out with so many smart, interesting people who share a passion for children’s and YA literature. To give you a taste, here’s a partial list of attendees.

There’s only one week left to register for KidLitCon, and only three more days to get the Early Bird rate and save $25, so don’t delay! Register Now

  1. Paula Willey
    unadulterated.us
  2. Sheila Ruth
    Wands and Worlds
  3. Melissa Fox
    Book Nut
  4. Jen Robinson
    Jen Robinson’s Book Page
  5. Kathy MacMillan
    KathyMacMillan.com
  6. Barb Langridge
    ABookandaHug
  7. Cecilia Cackley
    Latin@s in Kid Lit
  8. Alysa Stewart
    Everead
  9. Alex Baugh
    Randomly Reading
  10. Matthew Winner
    The Busy Librarian
  11. Sharon Lanasa
  12. Sondy Eklund
    Sonderbooks
  13. Liz Brown
    Between the Covers
  14. Pam Brown Margolis
    An Unconventional Librarian
  15. Ms. Yingling
    Ms. Yingling Reads
  16. Dr. Ellen Prager
    Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians
  17. Marjorie Ingall
    Tablet Magazine, MarjorieIngall.com
  18. Liz Burns
    A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy
  19. Minh Lê
    Minh Lê Books / Bottom Shelf Books
  20. Katy Manck
    BooksYALove
  21. Becky Birtha
    Becky&Books
  22. Sam Musher
    Parenthetical
  23. Miriam DesHarnais
  24. Judy Poyer
  25. Cecelia Larsen
    Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
  26. Katy Kramp
    alibrarymama
  27. Libertad Araceli Thomas
    Twinja Book Reviews
  28. Guinevere Zoyana Thomas
    Twinja Book Reviews
  29. Charlotte Tayor
    Charlotte’s Library
  30. Shayna Parr
    Bibliophilia: A Love Story
  31. Ellen Zschunke
    On The Shelf 4 Kids
  32. Susan Kusel
    Wizards Wireless
  33. Nancy Peters
  34. You…

KidLitCon 2015 will be held October 9-10, 2015, in Baltimore, MD. Here are some helpful links!

Monday
Aug172015

Early Bird Rate for KidLitCon Registration Extended to 9/20

Due to exciting early registration numbers and a few generous sponsorships from publishers and bookstores, we are pleased to extend the KidLitCon Early Bird registration rate of $125 until September 20!

On September 21st, conference registration will increase to $150.

KidLitCon 2015 will be held October 9 & 10 at the Hyatt Place Harbor East in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration is now open. The conferrence program is here

Please help by spreading the word! You can also be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr