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Tracey Baptiste to Speak at KidLitCon 2015

Tracey Baptiste (The JumbiesAngel’s Grace) will give the Saturday keynote address at KidLitCon 2015, the annual gathering of youth literature bloggers and critics, held this year on October 9-10 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Baltimore, MD

Conference organizer Paula Willey had this to say in her review of The Jumbies forBooklist:

Structural elements similar to those of classic European fairy tales (brave girl, evil stepmother, magic amulet, and so on) look fresh, lively, and no less scary in this middle grade novel’s Caribbean setting. Readers will thrill to the werewolflikelagahoo and the creepy little douens, who have backward-facing feet. With a diverse cast of multidimensional characters, a swift plot, and a unique setting, this book will delight

Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians. Tracey is a former teacher, textbook editor, ballerina, and amateur librarian who once started up a library in her house in the hope that everyone would bring their books back late and she would be rich! You know, like other librarians. She is now a wife and mom and lives in New Jersey, where she writes and edits books for kids from a very cozy office in her house that is filled with more toys than she can count. The Jumbies is her second novel.

Tracey is on Twitter @TraceyBaptiste. More information is available on Tracey Baptiste’s blog


KidLitCon 2015 Survey!

Please help this year’s organizers, Sheila Ruth and Paula Willey, to plan for Kidlitcon 2015 by filling out this survey. Kidlitcon 2015 will be October 9-10, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The survey also includes an option to sign up for the new KidLitCon News and Announcements mailing list. 

You can find the KidLitCon 2015 survey here. It is quite brief. Many thanks for participating!

For more information, see


Call for Session Proposals for KidLitCon 2015

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


Announcing KidLitCon 2015!

Kidlitcon Baltimore is happening! Kidlitcon 2015 will be held October 9 & 10 at the Hyatt Place Harbor East in Baltimore, Maryland.

The theme for the conference is Celebrating Young People’s Literature ​and the celebrating will happen throughout the conference! 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. We’re also planning a birthday party for our own Cybils Awards, which will be entering its 10th year. Cybils will be a tween! 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. We’re also planning to make career development a focus in some of the sessions, including sessions on blogging as a pathway to professional writing.

Similar to last year’s conference, Saturday will be the main day of the conference, but we plan a full day of sessions on Friday, so if your schedule permits, we hope that you can join us for both days. In addition, since the conference is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, which is a holiday for some people, we are planning a tour day on Sunday for those who are able to stay. We want to show off our beautiful city and visit a number of sites, including hopefully some with literary interest! (Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe lived in Baltimore for a time, died here under mysterious circumstances, and is buried here?) So when planning your travel dates, we hope that you can join us Sunday for some touring!

We will be issuing the call for program proposals soon, so start thinking about what you might want to speak about, and keep an eye out for the call! If you have served on an awards panel for the Cybils, ALA, National Book Awards, or any other award for young people’s literature, especially if you’ve served on more than one award, and are planning to attend the conference, we want to hear from you: please email Charlotte Taylor [ charlotteslibrary at gmail dot com ] and let us know, even if you aren’t sure at this point whether you can attend. Authors interested in participating in the author program should contact Paula Willey [ pwbalto at gmail dot com ]. Publishers interested in discussing sponsorships, opportunities for authors, and/or providing ARCs or Swag, should contact Sheila Ruth [ sruth at wandsandworlds dot com ]. 

The Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor is a brand new hotel and everything is shiny & sparkly! The meeting room is just the perfect size for us, and can be easily divided into two sections for breakout sessions. It’s an actual meeting room, rather than a ballroom, and it has nice features including built-in A/V. The guest rooms are beautiful, with plenty of space for room sharing, and breakfast and wi-fi are included. The conference room rate is $175 per night, which is a significant discount from their regular room rate. All rooms have a sitting area with sofabed, so it will be easy to share rooms to save money. Conference registration will be open soon, once we finalize a few other details, but you can reserve your room now at this special reservation link or by calling the hotel and telling them that you are with Kidlitcon 2015. 

We’ll be posting more information as we have it, so be sure to add to your feed reader or follow @kidlitcon on Twitter for updates. We hope to see you in October!

Paula Willey & Sheila Ruth, Conference Co-organizers


Save the Date for KidLitCon 2015! (October 9-10)

This year’s Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon 2015) will be held on October 9th and 10th, 2015. Please save the date! This will be the 9th annual Kidlitosphere Conference. 

KidLitCon is a gathering of people who blog about children’s and young adult books, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, booksellers, 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 talk about issues like the publisher/blogger relationship, the benefits and pitfalls of writing critical reviews, and overcoming blogger burnout. People also attend KidLitCon for the chance to spend time face to face with kindred spirits, other adults who care passionately for children’s and YA literature. 

More details (including this year’s conference location and theme) will be announced Thursday (4/30). Please stay tuned!

This year’s co-organizers are: 

Sheila Ruth (Wands and Worlds); and
Paula Willey (

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