We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 9th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon 2015). This year’s KidLitCon will be held in Baltimore, MD on October 9th and 10th. This year’s theme is Celebrating Young People’s Literature.
From the proposal submission form:
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.
The theme is broad, so put on your party hat and submit your best creative ideas. Any proposal that will inspire and edify Kidlitosphere bloggers is welcome, but we have special interest in the following:
- Presentations from people who have served on awards committees, such as Cybils, ALA, or NBA, particularly those who have been on more than one type of award committee, discussing aspects of an award-worthy book, award criteria, and/or award processes.
- Any diversity-related topic, including diverse representation in awards.
- Panels examining what factors make a good children’s or YA book, with particular emphasis for bloggers on evaluating books. Panels may be age or genre specific.
- Career development, including blogging as a path to professional writing (either as a book author or journalist/columnist).
- Panels addressing the needs of at-risk youth, particularly in urban areas.
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, and topics relating to promoting diversity in children’s books or children’s publishing are encouraged.
Sessions covering other topics such as reviewing critically, trends, social media, marketing, technology, and industry relationships are welcome. Proposals for panels designed for all levels of blogging experience, from the newcomer to the seasoned veteran, are also encouraged!
The last day for proposal submissions is August 1st. We look forward to seeing your submissions! Click here for the Proposal Submission Form. If you need a better idea of what KidLitCon is like, click through to see last year’s conference program.
This year’s Program Coordinator is once again Charlotte Taylor, who blogs at Charlotte’s Library.