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Thursday
Dec182014

A Note to Publishers on KidLitCon 2015

2015 is just around the corner, and the 2015 KidLitCon Planning Committee is hard at work planning our ninth annual conference for children’s literature bloggers, readers, and allies. 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 promote diversity in literature, foster a love of books, and to get the right books into young readers’ hands. People attend KidLitCon to discuss issues like the publisher/blogger relationship, to dish about the buzz on the next big series, to debate the benefits and pitfalls of writing critical reviews, and explore ways to overcome blogger burnout. People also attend KidLitCon for the chance to spend time face to face with kindred spirits, other readers who care passionately for children’s and YA literature. 

This year, KidLitCon will be in Baltimore, Maryland, and although a date is still to be determined, it will most likely be between late September and early November. 

There will be abundant opportunities available at our Baltimore Con for publishers and authors to participate. In the past, there have been book signings, editor-led panels, and publisher-sponsored author talks and luncheons. While we’re not yet sure what the shape of the 2015 KidLitCon will ultimately be, we wanted to be sure to get on your radar before the end of the year so that you can include us in your 2015 budget. We really hope you’ll join us!  Some of the options you might want to consider are:

  • Sponsorships. Underwrite a meal, happy hour, snacks, door prizes, or the printed program. If you can set aside as little as $250, we’ll work with you to craft a solid sponsorship plan that will benefit attendees as well as provide good publicity value for you.
  • Suggest a keynote speaker, other speaker or session proposal. 
  • As a small volunteer organization, we cannot pay travel expenses for speakers, so you might consider assisting any authors interested in attending with travel expenses. It would also be a great opportunity for you to encourage your authors who are within driving distance of Baltimore.
  • Provide ARCs for attendees.
  • Provide publishing house promotional swag, such as screen-printed T-shirts and bags linked with specific book campaigns, bookplates and bookmarks, stationery, etc.,


KidLitCon generally attracts between 50 and 150 attendees, many of whom are influential bloggers in the children’s literature community. Many KidLitCon attendees have also been Cybils Awards judges. We’re a small but dedicated group with a loud voice. 

You’re invited to be in on the ground floor of the planning and participating in this year’s con. We will be in touch early in 2015 as we have more information, but if you are interested in any of the opportunities above, please contact us so that we can begin to work out the details with you.

Sheila Ruth, Conference Co-Organizer
for KidLitCon 2015 

Tuesday
Oct142014

A Successful KidLitCon

We are pleased to report that the 8th annual Kidlitosphere Conference was a success. 50+ people, talking in Sacramento over two days about children’s and young adult literature and blogging, and how to increase diversity in both. There was a tremendous energy in the room(s) at all times. It was exhilarating and exhausting. Keynote speaker Mitali Perkins was fabulous, as was Skype guest speaker Shannon Hale, and the many brave presenters listed here. 

Below, you can see a photo of the KidLitCon organizing committee. Lots of other pictures are available by following links further below. 

KidLitCon: Brought to you by:
l-r: Maureen Kearney, seated. Standing, Tanita Davis, Jen Robinson, Charlotte Taylor, Melissa Fox, Reshama Deshmukh, and Sarah Stevenson. (Image credit to Tanita’s husband, David.)

Here are links to some roundups and followup posts from presenters (in Twitter format, because they were first shared there):

#KidLitCon, 2014: A Retrospective, Part I, from Tanita Davis, w/ great photos + insights http://ow.ly/CL1kS 

Thoughts on #KidLitCon 2014 from @aquafortis | Small World, #Diverse Voices http://ow.ly/CHC6d 

A Checklist to “See” Race/Culture in Kid/YA Books by @MitaliPerkins our keynote speaker at #KidLitCon http://ow.ly/CHtNb 

Happy times at #Kidlitcon from @charlotteslib like @haleshannon Skyping from her rocking chair + calling @Book_Nut http://ow.ly/CHf69 

i am #kidlitcon | finding more people to play!!!, conference wrapup by @MayaGonzalezArt w/ cute child photos http://ow.ly/CHeDt 

A bit late to post, but this was a mid-con Update from @MsYingling attending her first #KidLitCon http://ow.ly/CHulg 

#kidlitcon wrapup + PDF handout for reading + blogging diversely from presenter @shgmclicious  http://ow.ly/CHdMn 

Ten takeaways from #Kidlitcon 2014 from Leila @bkshelvesofdoom http://ow.ly/CHd7K 

#KidLitCon wrapup and thoughts on #diversity from @CrazyQuilts http://ow.ly/CL8cc 

Thoughts on #kidlitcon and on not being “too nice” in the call for #WedNeedDiverseBooks from @ZettaElliott http://ow.ly/CL9Od 

Very interesting thoughts from Tanita Davis on the #KidlitCon, 2014: NOTEPAD FORUM and following #diverse bloggers http://ow.ly/CP5mj 

#KidlitCon in Photos, 10 pictures shared by @Book_Nut http://ow.ly/CPbFz 

Here is my #Kidlitcon 2014 talk — Finding Your Voice, Finding Your Passion- Blogging With Conviction @charlotteslib http://ow.ly/CSD4O 

Stacked: #KidLitCon 2014, Sacramento: The Recap from @catagator http://ow.ly/CSDGN  #WeNeedDiverseBooks #kidlit

Great writeup from Faythe Arredondo @sljournal | A Focus on #Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014 http://ow.ly/CSzdW 

Thoughts from Tanita Davis on the #kidlitcon 2014: notepad forum: cultural appropriation, part a http://ow.ly/CX0S0 

Why We Need #Diverse Book Reviewers + Bloggers: @dos_twinjas List of Black Book Bloggers Who Review Diverse Spec Fic http://ow.ly/CZPn3 

Thoughts on #KidLitCon Day 1- Theme #DIVERSITY @afrocubansista @dos_twinjas http://ow.ly/CZPHf 

What type of blogger are you? A snazzy infographic from @shgmclicious #KidLitCon presentation http://ow.ly/D36SC  #diversity

#KidLitCon 2014: Further Thoughts (and Sketches) from @aquafortis http://ow.ly/D7Fww 

#KidLitCon 2014: A Retrospective, Part II from Tanita Davis - Reflections on Floating Heads + #diverse book covers http://ow.ly/Djbx0 

A Roundup of #KidLitCon 2014 posts from Finding Wonderland (Tanita Davis + @aquafortis) http://ow.ly/Dq6PM 

With special thanks to Leila from Bookshelves of Doom for collecting many of these links. 

For more tidbits from the conference, do check out the #KidLitCon hashtag, where a number of folks were live-Tweeting during both days. 

And, in other important KidLitCon news, KidLitCon 2015 will be held in Baltimore, with thanks to Sheila Ruth and Paula W. More details to come! We will continue to share information here at Kidlitosphere Central, as well as on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Stay tuned…

Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in KidLitCon 2014. 


Friday
Oct032014

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 

Friday
Sep192014

KidLitCon 2014 Registration Deadline Extended by One Week

We have a fabulous program and an exciting list of attendees for this year’s KidLitCon (being held October 10th and 11th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento, CA). The original registration deadline was today. However, we have room for a few more people, and we would love to have YOU among them. Therefore, we have extended the registration deadline by one week, to next Friday, September 26th. Now is your chance! 

KidLitCon offers a wonderful opportunity to spend time with kindred spirits, other people who care about children’s books (and in particular this year about increasing diversity in children’s books) the way you do. KidLitCon is a chance to recharge your blogging batteries, and pick up concrete tips for making the most of your children’s and young adult book blogging experience.

Participating in the Cybils this year? Come to KidLitCon and share your excitement? New to blogging? Come to KidLitCon and meet some of the bloggers you’re been following face-to-face. KidLitCon rotates around the country each year. For those of you on the West Coast, this is your chance to attend a (relatively, at least) loval event. Don’t miss it! We hope to see you there! And any help you can give in spreading the word about KidLitCon would be much appreciated. 

Update on October 1: Pre-registration for KidlitCon 2014 has closed. We will have on-site registration, payable by check, October 10 and 11 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, CA.

Monday
Aug252014

Registered Attendees for KidLitCon14

The following individuals have registered for KidLitCon in Sacramento (October 10-11, 2014), and have given us permission to share their names here. Participants are listed in the order in which they filled out the registration form. 

Registration for KidLitCon 2014 is now closed. More details about KidLitCon can be found here