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#KidLitCon2019 Poster by Isabel Roxas!


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.


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!


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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:

  • Tui T. Sutherland, author of many books including WINGS OF FIRE series, PET TROUBLE series, THE MENAGERIE trilogy, and AVATARS trilogy
  • Richard Ho, author of RED ROVER, editor at BrainPOP
  • Antoine Revoy, author and illustrator of many books including ANIMUS
  • Alex Graudins, author and illustrator of many comics including TV HEAD: DANCING AROUND THE SUBJECT
  • Jo Knowles, author of many books including SEE YOU AT HARRY’S, READ BETWEEN THE LINES, and STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS
  • Christy Mihaly, author of many books including HEY, HEY, HAY!
  • Saadia Faruqi, author of MEET YASMIN
  • Christian Trimmer, author of many books including TEDDY’S FAVORITE TOY
  • Lynn Miller Lachmann, author of many books including SAVING SANTIAGO
  • Rebecca Caprara, author of THE MAGIC OF MELWICK ORCHARD
  • David A. Kelly, author of many books including THE BALLPARK MYSTERY series
  • Isabel Roxas, illustrator of many books including LIFE IS GOOD: A TALE OF TWO ELEPHANTS, THE LITTLEST VIKING, and LET ME FINISH!

The full list of attendees is here.

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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


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


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


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

Today, in conjunction with #kidlitwomen, 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!


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

  • Jamie Lightfoot, middle school librarian
  • Paula Chase,  co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, and author of many books including SO DONE, FLIPPING THE SCRIPT, WHO YOU WIT’?, and SO NOT THE DRAMA
  • Traci Sorell, author of WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA and AT THE MOUNTAIN’S BASE
  • Elizabeth Lim, author of BLOOD OF THE STARS and REFLECTION: A TWISTED TALE
  • Kimberly Newton Fusco, author of CHASING AUGUSTUS, BEHOLDING BEE, THE WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE, and TENDING TO GRACE
  • Megan Frazer Blakemore, author of many books including THE DAYBREAK BOND, THE FIREFLY CODE, GOOD AND GONE, and a librarian
  • Sarwat Chadda, author of ASH MISTRY series
  • Josh Kahn, author of SHADOW MAGIC series
  • Leslie Connor, author of many books including ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK, CRUNCH, WAITING FOR NORMAL, and THE THINGS YOU KISS GOODBYE
  • Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media, Children’s Book Publicity and Marketing
  • Erika Oliver of Bloom Development, career coaching for creatives

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. Pamela M. Tuck was a keynote speaker!

 

 

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#KidLitCon2019 First Sponsor: Thank you Candlewick Press!


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!)


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.

  • Charlotte Taylor of Charlotte’s Library
  • Mia Wenjen of PragmaticMom, co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, co-author HOW TO COACH GIRLS, and author of SUMO JOE (out Spring 2019)
  • Alex Baugh of Randomly Reading
  • Aram Kim, author and illustrator of NO KIMCHI FOR ME and CAT ON THE BUS
  • Debbi Michiko Florence, author of JASMINE TOGUCHI early chapter book series
  • Carla Molina, librarian
  • Annie Lynn, AnnieBirdd Music
  • Carolyn Wilhelm of Wise Owl Factory, teacher (NCTE)
  • Barbara Dee, author of STAR-CROSSED, HALFWAY NORMAL, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU (out 6/19/18), HOW TO SURVIVE QUICKSAND (out fall 2019)
  • Tracey Baptiste, author of THE JUMBIES, ANGEL’S GRACE, RISE OF THE JUMBIES, and several nonfiction books
  • Josh Funk, author of many picture books including HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE, ALBIE NEWTON, DEAR DRAGON, IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
  • Nancy Tupper Ling, author of MY SISTER, ALICIA MAY, DOUBLE HAPPINESS, THE STORY I’LL TELL, THE YING-YANG SISTERS AND THE DRAGON FRIGHTFUL
  • Anita Silvey, author of many nonfiction books including THE PLANT HUNTERS, CHILDREN’S BOOK-A-DAY ALMANAC, and UNTAMED: THE WILD LIFE OF JANE GOODALL
  • Jannie Ho, illustrator of 50+ picture books and author/illustrator of BEAR AND CHICKEN. Continue reading Look Who’s Coming to #KidLitCon2019 (next year!)
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#KidLitCon2019 Sponsorships Are Now Open!


Can you help us out? Email us with people you think might consider sponsoring KidLitCon 2019. Thanks!

KidLitCon (at) gmail (dot) com.

KidLitCon 2019 Sponsorships

Sponsorship is easy! Click “Get Tickets” on our EventBrite page (it will be up soon) and select Sponsorship from the list of options. Any amount over $50 will get you a side bar listing on our website, a post on our Facebook page, inclusion in the program and on signage at the conference, recognition from the podium, and will be part of a coordinated social media blast to the more than 300,000 folks reached by our team!

The following special options are also available.

Food and beverage sponsorships 

These sponsorships will give you the listing and outreach above, plus an easel in the food and beverage room displaying an advertisement/promotional image of your choice (that fits on a standard conference easel) on display both days of the conference.

  • Breakfast $250 (two available)
  • Morning coffee and tea. ‚Äč$200 (two available)
  • Afternoon snack: $250 (two available)
  • Lunch: $500 (two available)
  • Friday Evening reception sponsorship $150 (four available)
  • Snack: $300 (two available)

Continue reading #KidLitCon2019 Sponsorships Are Now Open!