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.
At every KidLitCon, some of the most lively discussions involve the idea of “gatekeepers”—the grown ups who write, review, sell, and buy children’s books for kids and teens. How do we, the grown ups (mostly) writing our on-line reviews and promoting books in the field, assess what books are good fits for which kids? And how do we contribute to the process of getting those books to the kids? We hope to discuss the whole idea of “gatekeeping” itself as a role, with those involved not authoritarian abstractions but book-moving engineers—road pavers and bridge builders. How does an individual (reviewer, agent, editor, translator, teacher, parent, librarian bookseller), or group within the industry shape the world of kid’s books, and how can opening this circle to new cultures and voices potentially reshape it?
Topics we want to talk more about include gender (such as the idea that there are girl books vs boy books), diverse books (identifying, evaluating and promoting), the concept of “age-appropriateness” and the perennial question of connecting with audiences so that the words we put on-line are useful!
Sessions covering other topics such as the nuts and bolts of blogging, reviewing critically, trends, social media, marketing, technology, and industry relationships are welcome as well. Proposals for panels designed for all levels of blogging experience, from the newcomer to the seasoned veteran, are encouraged!
If you have something you’d like to talk about, but are uncertain about organizing a whole panel on your own, please contact Program Organizer Charlotte Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know what you want to talk about! There might well be a place for you.
Authors, publishers, booksellers and librarians (if even if you aren’t bloggers)—you are welcome to be panelists/and or share your ideas for panels too! (For authors interested in coming—Kidlitcon 2016 will include a signing event at Watermark Books on Saturday, October 15th.
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.
And even if you are not interested in submitting a proposal at this time, it’s not too soon to REGISTER for KidLitCon 2016 and make your travel plans. Early Bird registration for both days is very reasonable $80, rising to $95 on September 18th. Single day registration is $50. Lunch is included.
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!
KidLitCon offers a fabulous opportunity to spend time with like-minded individuals. KidLitCon is a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. We hope that you’ll join us there!