Oh, I want to go to KidLitCon. What is KidLitCon, you ask?
The 8th annual Kidlitosphere Conference, aka KidLitCon, will be held October 10th and 11th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento, CA. KidLitCon is a gathering of people who blog about childrenâ€™s and young adult books, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, booksellers, publishers, and readers. Attendees share a love of childrenâ€™s books, as well as a determination to get the right books into young readersâ€™ 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 childrenâ€™s and YA literature.
This yearâ€™s theme for KidLitCon is: Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Childrenâ€™s Lit: Whatâ€™s Next?
Last year the conference was held in Austin, TX, just up the road, so to speak. And I got to go for the very first time. But it’s not looking as if plane tickets to California are in the budget this year. We’ll see. Anyway, for those of you are nearby, or for those of you who can afford to fly across country, do consider KidLitCon. I can promise you a great group of people to hang out with and some great discussions of children’s literature and all semi-related topics.
And Mitali Perkins is going to be the keynote speaker!
Shannon Hale is expected to participate in the conference via Skype!
Charlotte Taylor of Charlotte’s Library is the program coordinator! (And she’s accepting proposals for presentations and panels now through the first of August.)
Leila Roy (Bookshelves of Doom) is planning to go.
Sarah Stevenson and Tanita Davis (Finding Wonderland) and Jen Robinson are helping to organize KidLitCon 2014, so I’m guessing they will be there.
It already sounds great. So, does anyone want to let me hitch a ride in their suitcase as you’re passing through Houston?