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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 (

Please help by spreading the word! Be a fan on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter!


KidLitCon is in One Week!

The 2014 Kidlitosphere Conference is one week away! All of the organizers are excited and looking forward to meeting in person friends we have known online for years. We have a fabulous program, centered around how bloggers can help to increase diversity in children’s and young adult literature. You can view the full conference program here

One event that we are especially excited about is the KidLitCon Author Mingle, which is being held Friday afternoon, October 10th, from 3 to 5 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. This event is free and open to the public, and does not require conference registration. More details, including photos of several of the participating authors, are included in the image below (created by Tanita Davis). 



Pre-registration for KidLitCon has closed. However, we will have on-site registration, payable by check, October 10 and 11 at the  Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento, CA. The costs are:

Friday Only $65 (includes lunch)
Saturday Only $145 (includes lunch and dinner)
Friday and Saturday$190 (includes lunch both days, and Saturday dinner)

We hope to see you at KidLitCon! 

Tanita DavisSarah Stevenson, and Jen Robinson: Co-Chairs
Charlotte Taylor: Program Coordinator
Maureen Kearney: Registration Coordinator
Reshama Deshmukh and Melissa Fox: Author Coordinators