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KidLitCon 2016 Registration and Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 10th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon 2016) is now open. The Call for Proposals is also now live! 

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 ( 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!


Carrie Mesrobian to Speak at KidLitCon 2015

We are pleased to announce the second keynote speaker for KidLitCon 2015 (with Tracey Baptiste). 

Carrie Mesrobian (Sex & ViolencePerfectly Good White Boy) will give the Friday keynote address. KidLitCon will be held this year on October 9-10 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Find KidLitCon registration information here. See also the Call for Session Proposals

(Photo by Andrew Karre, used with permission from HarperCollins). 

Carrie’s forthcoming book, Cuts Both Ways, deals with sexuality, addiction, home improvement, babysitting, and just how satisfying it can be to work in a diner. It grabs the contradictory nature of adolescence with both hands and wrestles it to the ground under the swingset.

Carrie Mesrobian teaches writing to teens in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She has also worked as a teacher in both public and private schools. Her first book, Sex & Violence, was named a Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, in addition to being nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. She has also written another young adult novel, Perfectly Good White Boy. Learn more about her and her fake boyfriends at or @CarrieMesrobian


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