This page features news in the area of children’s literature, events from around the blogging community, and announcements about KidLitosphere happenings. Primarily focused on literary news, special events, useful articles, and interesting posts from other blogs, it does not include reviews, interviews, or opinions.

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Registration for KidLitCon 2015 is Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that registration for KidLitCon 2015 is now open

We have been working on superior content for our two days of discussion and networking. We are expecting topics like:

  • Why do kids read horror: are they freaks or something?
  • How can I get paid to write about what I love?
  • What really goes on when awards committees confer?

(Probably expressed in slightly more formal terms). 

This year’s co-organizers, Paula Willey and Sheila Ruth, have worked to keep costs down. Here’s a quick summary (more details on the registration form):

Full registration: $125 (includes lunch and dinner on Friday)

Single-day registration: $50

That $125 is your Early Bird rate, so register now!

We are using a third party registration site called Brown Paper Tickets that accepts PayPal and credit cards. We hope that this makes the registration process quick and easy for everyone.

Please help by spreading the word! You can also be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr. And submit your session proposals here. But most important of all: REGISTER FOR KIDLITCON now!


Follow the New #KidLitCon 2015 Tumblr

Hey there, children’s and young adult book bloggers and friends. We have news! In addition to the blog here at Kidlitosphere Central, you can now follow KidLitCon-related news and announcements via our new KidLitCon Tumblr. If Tumblr is your thing, please stop by to follow us.

There’s also a new KidLitCon email list. You can sign up while taking our KidLitCon 2015 survey. Which we hope you’ll do. We are looking for input as we finalize plans for KidLitCon, which will be held in Baltimore on October 9th and 10th. You can also sign up directly for the KidLitCon email list here. And, of course, we are on Twitter @KidLitCon

Thanks for reading! We hope to see you all at KidLitCon!


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

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