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Remember when we said the hotel was intimate?

Yeah, we meant it. We have been notified that all of the double queen rooms in the entire hotel have been booked for the Friday night of the conference. There are still plenty of standard single queen and single king bed rooms left, in addition to the king suites which have pull-out queen-sized sofa beds, as pictured to the left. The suite normally goes for $330/night in September, but our group rate drops it to $215. You can peruse the hotel accomodations here.

We understand that some of you will be rooming with other kidlitosphere members whom you may not, under normal circumstances, otherwise know well enough to share a room with, however one thing has become clear after four years of KidLitCon: We are an incredibly open and friendly community. Don’t overthink or worry, jump in! You might just find yourself rooming with your new best friend. 

Those of you who have already registered have discovered that we’re happy to help connect you with a roommate. If you’d prefer to lock in a roommate before registering, please feel free to email us at

Also, please don’t forget that you must call either 206-516-5097 or 800-KIMPTON and say that you are booking with the 2011 Kidlitosphere Conference to reserve at the hotel. Reservations must be made by August 24 to get the group rate.

For more information about the 5th Annual KidLitCon click here.


Registration for the 5th Annual KidLitCon is NOW OPEN!

We are pleased to tell you that the fifth annual KidLitCon will be held in vibrant downtown Seattle, WA on September 16 and 17, 2011 at Hotel Monaco.
Your hosts are Colleen Mondor (Chasing Ray) and Jackie Parker (Interactiver Reader), who are ecstatic to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be the incomparable Scott Westerfeld.
Based on popular demand, for the first time, we will be expanding the conference into two days with a new half-day “pre-conference” on Friday.  Check out this year’s slate of presentations here!

We’ve chosen Hotel Monaco because it is beautiful, comfortable, and unique. It is also intimate, and that means on the smaller side. KidLitCon will basically have the run of the place for the weekend, which should be fun, but we recommend making your hotel reservations as soon as possible. We’ve secured a group rate for conference attendees of $165 at night for their standard guestroom. This includes a number of rooms with two queen beds so sharing is certainly an option.

Hotel rate:
$165.00 1-2 people
$180.00 3 people
$195.00 4 people to a room
(plus tax and incidentals)

The rates are also available three nights before and three nights after the two conference nights, so feel free to come early or stay late! Keep in mind, however, that registering for the conference is NOT reserving a hotel room. Part of being able to afford a hotel as nice as this is that in our contract we agreed that conference attendees would fill a certain number of their rooms. To reserve call Hotel Monaco at (206) 516-5097 OR (800)KIMPTON and say that you are booking with the 2011 Kidlitosphere Conference. This will ensure you get the discounted room, and we honor our contract with them. You must book your hotel room BEFORE August 24, 2011 to get this rate and to count toward our block.

Registration will max out at 190 attendees.

The Money:
Before August 15:
  • $125 Full Conference, including pre-con and Saturday with dinner
  • $30 Pre-Conference
  • $95 Saturday, including dinner
  • $75 Saturday, without dinner
  • FREE Friday Night Meet & Greet
  • $45 Saturday dinner (extra diner or only)

After August 15th, everything increases by five dollars. The last day to register is August 31st.

The Pre-con: Includes coffee, tea, water, and a substantial afternoon snack
Conference Day: Lunch, Buffet Dinner (with meat and vegetarian options) and both morning and afternoon snacks as well coffee, tea, and water throughout the day.

If space is still available, onsite registration will be possible for $80 but will not include the dinner on Saturday night as those reservations will close on August 31. Pre-con price remains the same.

The Friday Night Meet & Greet will be free**, but you must register for it, as we need to be prepared for refreshments.

Overnight parking for guests is $39.00 per day plus tax Monday-Friday, and $36.00 per day plus tax Friday-Sunday with in and out privileges. Hotel Monaco is only one block from a light rail stop with a direct link to the airport. Unfortunately, it is on the wrong side of a hill if you are heading for the hotel, so we recommend sensible arrival shoes.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! See you on September 15 & 16!

Specific questions are welcome at kidlitcon [at] gmail [dot] com.

We hope to see you in September!
**Friday night’s festivities are free only to guests attending the conference. Interested KidLit peeps may attend, but it’s $15 per person. Which is a steal. I know, ‘cause I see how much everything costs.

KidLitCon is now accepting presentation proposals!

The presentation submission process is now closed, but you can check out KidLitCon 2011’s slate of sessions here!

We are now accepting proposals for presentations at KidLitCon 2011!

We are looking for 50 minute presentations, panels, and keynotes that will appeal to and edify Kidlitosphere bloggers. Our goal is to provide a balanced selection for a wide range of interests and include, but are not limited to, topics of diversity, reviewing critically, evaluating illustrations, social media, marketing, and technology, and industry relationships. 

Proposals are due by July 15, 2011, so be sure to get your idea in soon!

We’ll only be accepting proposals submitted in the form found here.

(if questions on the proposal form seem familiar, it’s because we’ve stolen most of the questions from YALSA. Thanks YALSA!) 

Meanwhile, if you have any questions at all you can email them to us at

The 5th Annual KidLitCon will be happening September 16-17, 2011 in Seattle, WA.


Cybils, Carnival of Children's Literature, and Kidlitcon

From Jen Robinson’s Book Page

I have three can’t miss pieces of Kidlitosphere news to share today:

Cybils2010small 1. Nominations opened for the 2010 Cybils Awards this morning. Anyone can nominate titles (published from October 16, 2009 to October 15, 2010), one title per person per category. Here is the direct link to the nomination form. From the Cybils blog you can find up-to-the minute lists of nominated titles in each category (for example, Young Adult Fiction is here). Hundreds of titles have already been nominated. You have until October 15th to make sure that your favorites have been included. If you read a children’s or young adult book this year that you think was well-written and chock-full of kid-appeal, nominate it for the Cybils!

2. The September Carnival of Children’s Literature is now available at Great Kid Books. Host Mary Ann Scheuer has assembled a host of links from all around the Kidlitosphere, from news tidbits to book reviews to posts about writing. Mary Ann even took time to include cover images for the reviewed titles - a very nice touch! For fans of children’s literature, this Carnival is not to be missed.

3. The schedule has been announced for Kidlitcon 2010, the fourth annual conference for children’s and young adult book bloggers. Author Maggie Stiefvater is the keynote speaker. I have read and loved all of her books published to date, and am looking forward to meeting her. I’ll be participating in a few of the sessions (more details closer to the conference). But do check out the whole schedule. Kidlitcon has something for everyone involved in children’s book writing and blogging. And it’s not too late to register! As hosts Andrew Karre, Ben Barnhart and Brian Farrey note: “This conference belongs to bloggers and will only be as strong as those who make it happen.” I hope to see you all there!

Great times in children’s and young adult literature land. Wishing you all a book-filled weekend.

© 2010 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page. All rights reserved.
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2010 Cybils Panels

From Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Cybils2010small Just a quick update to let you all know that the nominating and judging panels for the Cybils were announced last week. Here are direct links to each panel:

You can also follow the Cybils organizers on Twitter here, the Young Adult panelists here, and an ever-growing set of all of the 2010 panelists, maintained by Amy Baskin, here.

And here are some comments from Anne Levy, Cybils co-founder and champion, about the selection of panelists:

At last count, more than 190 people volunteered for roughly 110 spots (give or take a few, I really haven’t counted lately). Inevitably, some of you will be disappointed. It wasn’t personal. Honest.

We tried to achieve a balance on each panel. We wanted a mix of occupations, genders, regions, ethnicity, etc. Some veteran judges weren’t asked back so we could make room for more newcomers. A few people impressed us with the combined reach of their blogs, tweets and Facebook presence. Still others have such a masterful command of their favorite genre that we knew it would be a poorer contest without their expertise.

Read Anne’s full post here.

For those of you who volunteered but were not selected, please know that the organizers were sad not to be able to include you this time around. They did their best to put together the most balanced panels that they could. It was especially difficult because certain categories (like young adult fiction) were very popular this year. If you weren’t selected, please do try again next year. And we hope that you’ll still participate in the Cybils by blogging, tweeting, following us on Facebook, supporting our sponsors, or buying Cybils bling. And, most importantly, by nominating books.

Nominations for the 2010 Cybils open this Friday, October 1st. Anyone can nominate titles, one book per category. Visit the Cybils blog on Friday for more details. Thanks for your interest in the Cybils!

© 2010 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page. All rights reserved.
You can also find me on Twitter.
All Amazon links in this post are affiliate links, and may result in my receiving a small commission (with no additional cost to you).