The Society of Bloggers of Children’s and Young Adult Literature Announces Keynote Speakers
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 4:35 PM
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July 18, 2017 — The Society of Bloggers of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, known as the Kidlitosphere, announced its keynote speakers for the 2017 KidLitCon, to be held November 3rd & 4th in Hershey PA. KidLitCon is an annual conference of people who write about and talk about children’s and teen literature, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, publishers, and readers. Attendees share a love of children’s books, as well as a determination to get the right books into young readers’ hands. People attend KidLitCon to learn about best practices in evaluating and reviewing books, how and why to become award committee judges, and how to defend and promote the books that kids need and want.

Keynotes will feature three diverse authors: Rachel Renee Russell, Pamela Tuck, and Floyd Cooper.

Rachel Renée Russell is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling book series, Dork Diaries. She also writes the spin-off series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly. According to her website she’s “an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.” She has said that her daughters Erin and Nikki are the inspiration for the Dork Diaries books. 

Pamela Tuck is the winner of the 2007 New Voices Award from LEE & LOW BOOKS. Established in 2000, the award recognizes the talent of new authors of color. Tuck’s picture book As Fast As Words Could Fly was released Spring 2013. Pamela is a native of Greenville, NC. You can read about her writing journey on her website, where she hopes that her “writing journey inspires you to never sit down on your dreams.”

Floyd Cooper is an award-winning illustrator who has been honored four times by the Coretta Scott King Award. He has over 96 published children’s books, many of which have won numerous awards. His unique method of “erasing” rather than drawing allowed Cooper to realize his dream of becoming an artist even though he could not draw. This personal trek has been an inspiration to many students as they set out on their own journey to follow their dreams.

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