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#KidLitCon2019 KEYNOTES! LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson!!!

#KidLitCon2019 KEYNOTES! LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson!!!

We are thrilled to present KidLitCon 2019 Keynote Speakers. Come and hear LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson on March 22-23, 2019!

#KidLitCon2019 KEYNOTES!

 

LeUyen Pham

New York Times Bestseller LeUyen Pham is the creator of over one hundred books for kids.  Her books include The Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale, Grace for President, by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by actress Julianne Moore, and Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, now a Disney Channel series.

Her own books include Big Sister, Little Sister, A Piece of Cakeand The Bear Who Wasn’t There.  She recently collaborated with Mo Willems on his Elephant and Piggy Present series with her title The Itchy Book.  She has also illustrated several graphic novels, including Real Friends by Shannon Hale.  

LeUyen lives in California with her lovely husband (who is also an artist), her two adorable boys, and a cat named Sardine. More information can be found on her website.

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Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick among other accolades.

His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written numerous novels and short stories for YA audiences. He was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he now serves as a member of the faculty. Varian lives outside of Austin, TX with his family. To learn more, visit his website.

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#KidLitCon2019 KEYNOTES! LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson!!!

 

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#KidLitCon2019 Poster by Isabel Roxas!

KidLitCon 2019 Poster

We have an official KidLitCon 2019 Poster! A huge thank you to illustrator Isabel Roxas for this beautiful, downloadable poster. It’s 8.5 x 11 inches so you don’t need a special printer to print it out.

KidLitCon 2019 Poster

Download it FREE here: KidLitCon 2019 Poster

p.s. Here are a few of the books that Isabel Roxas has illustrated:

And these gorgeous covers for Erin Entrada Kelly’s books!

Erin Entrada Kelly book covers by Isabel Roxas

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Our Latest #KidLitCon2019 Attendee List!

Thank you to everyone who is helping us pull together the panels! Our newest list of attendees includes:

The full list of attendees is here.

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We Won a Grant from Providence Tourism Council!

We Won a Grant from Providence Tourism Council!

Mia and I are thrilled to have received a grant from the Providence Tourism Council that will go a long way to helping us bring in great keynote speakers (to be announced soon) to KidLitCon 2019!

Providence Tourism Council said: “KidLitCon is the kind of event for which Providence is becoming known on the international tourism stage. The Council is proud to support KidLitCon and is happy to welcome the visitors attracted by your programming.”

We love Providence, and hope you will come see for yourselves what a great little city it is!

p.s. Thank you to Charlotte for spearheading this including writing the grant! Continue reading We Won a Grant from Providence Tourism Council!

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A Bibliophile’s Guide to Providence

Providence Rhode Island

There is so much to see and do in Providence, especially if you like book-related places to visit. The beauty of Providence is that many of these attractions are walking distance from KidLitCon! Here’s a few of Charlotte Taylor‘s favorites!

A Bibliophile’s Guide to Providence

RISD Art Museum

RISD Art Museum

The RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Art Museum might not look big from the outside, but it is in fact the 20th largest art museum in the United States, and it is full of treasures old and new.  Well worth a visit!  It opens at 10 am Sunday mornings, so do swing by for a visit before you leave Providence, even if you don’t have time for a full East Side walking tour!

See the full list here.

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Our Newest Additions to #KidLitCon2019

Thank you to everyone helping us to pull together our panels, especially Jeanette Bradley who is helping with two panels! Our newest additions to #KidLitCon2019:

  • Megan Dowd Lambert, author of many books including A CROW OF HIS OWN, REAL SISTERS PRETEND, and A KID OF THEIR OWN
  • Sy Montgomery, author of many books for both adult and children, including THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST, TEMPLE GRANDIN, and THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS
  • Katie Slivensky, author of THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY and THE SEISMIC SEVEN
  • Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and FISH IN A TREE
  • Lee Wind of Lee Wind, Director of Marketing and Programming at Independent Book Publishers Association, and author of QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL
  • Jennifer Reed of Reederama and school librarian
  • Natalie d’Aubermont Thompson of Instagram LivingByThePageWithNatalie
  • Anika Denise, author of STARRING CARMEN, MONSTER TRUCKS and BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA’S
  • Debbie Kovacs, editorial director of Walden Pond Press. Her books include BREADCRUMBS and THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the GUYS READ library series edited by Jon Scieszka, THE FOURTH STALL series by Chris Rylander, THE HERO’S GUIDE series by Christopher Healy, NEVERSINK by Barry Wolverton, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION by Kevin Emerson, SIDEKICKED by John David Anderson, and THE GIRL FROM FELONY BAY by John Thompson
  • Anita Sanchez, author of many books including ITCH! EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOU SCRATCH, KARL, GET OUT OF THE GARDEN, and WAIT TILL IT GETS DARK
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of MOMMY’S KHIMAR
  • Michelle Cusolito, author of FLYING DEEP
  • Andrea Loney, author of TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE!, BUNNYBEAR, and DOUBLE BASS BLUES

 

 

 

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No More All-White Panels & #KidLitCon2019

No More All White Panels

Laurel Synder has started a movement and asked for the KidLit community to take a pledge.:

Today, in conjunction with , I’m pledging to no longer participate in all-white panels and event line-ups. It’s a small place to begin, but it will send a strong message if we all join together. Come on!

In a world of wildly talented authors and illustrators of color, there is simply no reason for an all-white panel, ever.  If you agree with me, I hope you’ll make this pledge, by leaving a note in the comments below.

Her post is here:

Our industry marginalizes people of color. We know this.

In a multitude of ways, we do not include or promote their voices as we should.  This is problematic for the authors, editors, illustrators and other people of color who must work twice as hard for far less attention and reward.  But it is also problematic for the children we claim to serve, who desperately need to hear a range of voices. Our young readers are increasingly diverse.  It makes no sense that their literature not represent them. Continue reading No More All-White Panels & #KidLitCon2019

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#KidLitCon2019 Newest Attendee Additions!

KidLitCon 2017 Hershey with Pamela M. Tuck and Mia Wenjen

Our full list of Attendees is here. Our newest additions are here:

p.s. We are going to offer {free} Speed Career/Life Coaching Sessions for Creatives! Stay tuned!

KidLitCon 2017 Hershey with Pamela M. Tuck and Mia Wenjen

KidLitCon 2017 Hershey with Pamela M. Tuck and Mia Wenjen. Pamela M. Tuck was a keynote speaker!

 

 

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#KidLitCon2019 First Sponsor: Thank you Candlewick Press!

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Thank you to Candlewick Press for sponsoring a breakfast at KidLitCon 2019!

We are also thrilled to have these authors from Candlewick Press  coming to KidLitCon 2019:

Jannie Ho is an illustrator with Nosy Crow (an imprint of Candlewick Press) and she also recently published her first picture book as both author and illustrator! Her most recent Candlewick Press book is from her wildly popular Violet Rose series, Violet Rose and the Summer Campout.

Gaia Cornwall is coming as well! She is the author and illustrator of Jabari Jumps.

Kara LaReau is joining us too! Her books with Candlewick include The Infamous Ratsos and The Infamous Ratso Are Not Afraid.

Continue reading #KidLitCon2019 First Sponsor: Thank you Candlewick Press!

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Look Who’s Coming to #KidLitCon2019 (next year!)

David A Kelly and Phil Bildner at KidLItCon 2017

We realize that KidLitCon 2019 is more than a year away, but some awesome people have committed to attending already! We are also proud to have a diverse group of presenters and attendees. Not only are teachers, librarians, bloggers, bookstagrammers, authors, illustrators and more represented, but we also have women and marginalized voices represented.

We are also seeking more voices in the children’s and YA publishing community: editors, PR firms/marketing folks, literary agents, illustration and children’s book writing professors, publishers, YouTube Vloggers, non-profit KidLit organizations etc. Finally, we are still trying to find an SEO expert as well as HTML/Blogger Tech person to join us. Thanks for your suggestions: KidLitCon (@) gmail (dot) com.