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Tuesday
Jul182017

The Society of Bloggers of Children’s and Young Adult Literature Announces Keynote Speakers

July 18, 2017 — The Society of Bloggers of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, known as the Kidlitosphere, announced its keynote speakers for the 2017 KidLitCon, to be held November 3rd & 4th in Hershey PA. KidLitCon is an annual conference of people who write about and talk about children’s and teen literature, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, 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 learn about best practices in evaluating and reviewing books, how and why to become award committee judges, and how to defend and promote the books that kids need and want.

Keynotes will feature three diverse authors: Rachel Renee Russell, Pamela Tuck, and Floyd Cooper.

Rachel Renée Russell is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling book series, Dork Diaries. She also writes the spin-off series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly. According to her website she’s “an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.” She has said that her daughters Erin and Nikki are the inspiration for the Dork Diaries books. 

Pamela Tuck is the winner of the 2007 New Voices Award from LEE & LOW BOOKS. Established in 2000, the award recognizes the talent of new authors of color. Tuck’s picture book As Fast As Words Could Fly was released Spring 2013. Pamela is a native of Greenville, NC. You can read about her writing journey on her website, where she hopes that her “writing journey inspires you to never sit down on your dreams.”

Floyd Cooper is an award-winning illustrator who has been honored four times by the Coretta Scott King Award. He has over 96 published children’s books, many of which have won numerous awards. His unique method of “erasing” rather than drawing allowed Cooper to realize his dream of becoming an artist even though he could not draw. This personal trek has been an inspiration to many students as they set out on their own journey to follow their dreams.

Call for session proposals:
http://kidlitosphere.org/news/2017/6/26/call-for-presenters-for-kidlitcon-2017.html.

Details about the conference: http://kidlitosphere.org/kidlitcon/.

Conference Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kidlitcon-2017-hershey-tickets-36030057873Early-bird registration ends 9/1/2017.

Hotel booking: https://aws.passkey.com/go/Kidlitcon2017

Monday
Jul172017

Register for the 2017 #KidLitCon Now!

Hey there, children’s and YA literature bloggers and fans. The time has come to register for the 2017 Kidlitosphere Conference. All of the relevant details and links are below 

KidLitCon 2017 

  • November 3-4, 2017
  • Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
  • Full registration (early bird rate): $125
  • One-day registration: $70
  • Register on EventBrite 

Your registration includes Friday and Saturday lunch, Saturday breakfast, and Friday reception. 

Book your room at the Hershey Lodge at our special KidLitCon rate of $189. 

KidLitCon is an annual conference of people who write about and talk about children’s and teen literature, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, 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 learn about best practices in evaluating and reviewing books, how and why to become award committee judges, and how to defend and promote the books that kids need and want. 

People also attend KidLitCon for the chance to spend time face to face with kindred spirits, other adults who enjoy and care about children’s and YA literature. Attendees come away energized, bursting with ideas for programming and projects.

This year’s keynote speakers are Rachel Renee Russell, author of the best-selling Dork Diaries series; Pamela Tuck, author of As Fast As Words Could Fly; and author/illustrator Floyd Cooper, whose dozens of books depicting African American children and families have won multiple awards and honors.

Here is all of the information that you need:

We hope to see you at KidLitCon in November!

Monday
Jun262017

Call for Presenters for KidLitCon 2017

The annual Kidlitosphere Conference, AKA KidLitCon 2017, will be held November 3rd and 4th in Hershey, PA. KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who care about children’s and young adult books and sharing that passion with others, either in real life or online. We are looking for panelists for this fall’s conference. Panels can range from formal presentations to conversations with lots of audience input. Potential topics can be anything relating to young adult and children’s literature.


This year, instead of the structured application form we’ve used in the past, we’re simply asking anyone who’d be interested in participating to contact me, the program organizer, Charlotte Taylor. If you’d like to submit an idea for a complete panel, with multiple participants all lined up, that’s great. If you’re just thinking “I’d like to talk about what makes a good early chapter book” or whatever subject you are passionate about, that’s welcome too!  You won’t be made to hold the stage alone (unless you specifically want to…).

Sessions run about 45 minutes. Past conference topics have included big issues in YA, conquering the blogging blahs, learning to podcast, and ways to support diverse books. Here are links to the three most recent programs, so you can see what we’ve previously discussed.

Repeat visits to past topics are welcome alongside new ideas. A few thoughts—we’ve never talked specifically about historical fiction (is there such a thing as “getting it right?”) or religion (books written for a specific audience, books specifically addressing social and cultural topics related to religion). There’s always room for conversations about class, race, disability, sex. gender, politics, and pictures!

Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to waive registration for participants, but we can promise a great time. If you are a writer and would like to come, consider asking your publisher to cover the registration cost; if you are a publisher, please contact me if you’d like to steer any of your authors our way! 

If you are interested, please email me at charlotteslibrary@gmail.com by August 1.

More about KidLitCon:

KidLitCon started as a blogging conference, and though it still focuses on critical evaluation of books and book reviewing, the participants include librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, and publishers, as well as book reviewers. It’s a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. Attending is a great way to turn virtual friends into real world friends, and it’s a great way to re-energize your reading and book-sharing! More details about the logistics of this year’s gathering in Hershey soon to come.

Friday
Mar032017

Save the Date! KidLitCon 2017 in Hershey, PA

We are thrilled to announce that the annual Kidlitosphere Conference, AKA KidLitCon, will be held November 3rd and 4th in Hershey, PA. Please save the date! This year’s primary organizer will be Pam Margolis.

KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who care about, and blog about, children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, and book reviewers. KidLitCon is a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. Attending is a great way to turn virtual blogging friends into real world friends. Past conference topics have ranged from conquering the blogging blahs to learning to podcast to ways to support diverse books. We hope that you’ll join us in 2017!

KidLitCon was due to visit the West Coast this year. However, we were unable to find a local primary organizer. When Pam stepped up ready to organize in Pennsylvania, the rest of the KidLitCon team gratefully accepted. We do hope to return to the West Coast in the future. Other members of the long-term organizing team include Charlotte Taylor (Program Chair), Sarah Stevenson and Tanita Davis, Sheila Ruth, Melissa Fox, Paula Willey, and Jen Robinson

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. If you would like to get involved with KidLitCon as a potential speaker or local organizer, please contact KidLitCon@gmail.com.

Friday
Sep232016

NOW is the Time to Make Plans for #KidLitCon

KidLitCon is coming! The Kidlitosphere conference will be held in Wichita, KS on October 14th and 15th. The deadline to get the truly excellent conference rate at the KidLitCon hotel is TODAY. The early bird conference registration rate expires next Friday, September 30th. If you’ve been thinking about attending KidLitCon, now is the time to make plans. Register for KidLitCon here.

View the conference program here. We have two fabulous keynote speakers coming: A. S. King and Clare Vanderpool, and have lots of other fabulous bloggers and authors on the program. 

Attending KidLitCon is a great opportunity to connect, in real life, with other bloggers, authors, and librarians - with people who care about connecting kids with books. We hope to see you there!!