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Reaching Readers: Part 1 Getting Books to Kids #KidLitCon 2019 Panel

Reaching Readers: Part 1 Getting Books to Kids #KidLitCon 2019 Panel

Reaching Readers: Part 1 Getting Books to Kids (industry and author perspectives)

Great books need great readers; great readers need great books.   But how to get the two together? This panel of authors and professional publicists and book promoters talk about strategies they use to get books into the hands of gatekeepers (teachers, librarians, reviewers, booksellers, and family), and strategies that the gatekeepers can use to make the process of discovering the right books for their kids more effective.

Anika Denise

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Anika Denise is the author of several picture books, including Lights, Camera Carmen!, Starring Carmen!, Monster Trucks, Baking Day at Grandma’s, Bella and Stella Come Home, and Pigs Love Potatoes. In 2019, to coincide with Women’s History Month, HarperCollins will publish her forthcoming book, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré illustrated by Paola Escobar. Other new titles coming in 2019 include Bunny in the Middle illustrated by Christopher Denise, and The Love Letter illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Anika lives in Rhode Island with her family.

Anika can be found at www.anikadenise.com and Instagram and Twitter @AnikaDenise.

Anika Denise picture

Debbie Kovacs

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Deborah Kovacs is co-founder of Walden Pond Press, the joint middle-grade imprint of HarperCollins and Walden Media. Authors published by Walden Pond Press include: Anna Meriano (Love Sugar Magic series), Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs, The Real Boy  and the forthcoming The Lost Girl); Laura Ruby (York series); Laurel Snyder (Orphan Island  and the forthcoming My Jasper June), Elana K. Arnold (A Boy Called Bat series) and many others. Deborah mentors developing authors in conjunction with Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults,  with Simmons University’s MFA in Writing for Children and at the Highlights Foundation. Deborah is the author of numerous children’s books, both fiction and nonfiction.

Debbie Kovacs

Barbara Fisch

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Barbara Fisch is a co-principal of Blue Slip Media with Sarah Shealy. Together they were the associate directors of publicity for Harcourt Children’s Books for many years before starting their own children’s book publicity and marketing firm. Barbara and Sarah currently work on projects for Disney, Candlewick, Two Lions/Amazon, and other publishers, as well as for individual authors including Kathi Appelt, Kate Hosford, Stacy McAnulty, and Jeanne Walker Harvey. They work exclusively with children’s books and have over twenty years of experience marketing to reviewers, teachers, librarians, parents, kids, and booksellers.

Barbara Fisch

Josh Funk

he/him

He will do one Speed Critique for a picture book manuscript.

Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books – such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including The Case of the Stinky Stench and the upcoming Mission Defrostable), How to Code a Sandcastle (and the upcoming sequel How to Code a Rollercoaster), It’s Not Jack and the BeanstalkDear Dragon, Albie NewtonPirasaurs!, and the forthcoming Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude (in conjunction with the New York Public Library), It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, and more coming soon! Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and was the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences. Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.

Josh can be found www.joshfunkbooks.com and on Twitter at @joshfunkbooks.

Josh Funk

Lee Wind

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Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning, and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 11 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.5 million page views—and counting!  In his “Clark Kent” jobs, Lee is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His Superhero job is writing, inspired by our world’s amazing—and untold—LGBTQ history. Lee lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill is his debut novel. Visit him online at www.leewind.org.

Lee Wind

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Reaching Readers: Part 1 Getting Books to Kids #KidLitCon 2019 Panel

 

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A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise

Creators Nancy Tupper Ling, Isabel Roxas, and Janet Bates discuss the inspiration, exercises, and rituals they incorporate into their creative practices in order to keep things fresh for their readers and themselves. Where do we discover/uncover ideas for our stories?  How do we add spice to our revision/edits? How do we bring creativity into the marketing of our books?

Isabel Roxas

she/her

She will do speed critiques of illustrator portfolios

Isabel Roxas is an illustrator, ceramicist, dreamer and avid reader.

She has illustrated several picture books and middle-grade covers for young readers, including Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown (Sterling Books, 2014), Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) Hello Universe by Erin Entrada-Kelly (Greenwillow Books 2017), and Day at the Market by May Tobias-Papa (Adarna House, 2008).

She recently launched Little Big Time Press a small imprint that produces small-format zines, comics, and artist books for children.

Nancy Tupper Ling

she/her

She will do Speed Critiques for picture book manuscripts.

Nancy Tupper Ling is a children’s author, poet, and librarian. Her latest book, The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful was published by Putnam Young Readers in September 2018. Her books have received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and her poem, White Birch, was the winner of the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize.

Janet Bates

she/her/hers

Janet Costa Bates writes middle grade, picture books, chapter books and poetry. Her picture book, Seaside Dream, received Lee and Low’s New Voices Honor Award. She is a long-standing member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Fun fact: The Boston Public Library chose ‘Seaside Dream’ to be included in its mural for its recently redesigned Children’s Room.

Oge Mora

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Oge Mora is a painter residing in Providence, RI. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration. She’s a fan of all things colorful, patterned, or collaged, and she enjoys creating warm stories that celebrate people coming together.  Thank You, Omu! is her very first book.

Moderator: Kirstin Cappy

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Kirsten Cappy of Curious City is an advocate for children’s literature and its creators, schools, libraries, and mighty literacy. Curious City creates projects that engage young readers in the written word through play, conversation, and social action.  These tools, created in partnership with authors, illustrators, and publishers, are available free to librarians, educators, and literacy organizations at CuriousCityDPW.com.

Kirsten Cappy Curious City

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019

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To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! KidLitCon2019 Panel

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands

Five debut picture book creators from Epic Eighteen share what they have learned about marketing their work, discussing what you can do to bring your book to the attention of readers, educators, bloggers, and parents; ways to share the load by banding together to help one another get the word out; and how to survive the experience intact if the whole endeavor is outside your comfort zone.

Traci Sorell

she/her

She will do Speed Critiques for two manuscripts.

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, features the universal value of gratitude through a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences across the four seasons. Illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, the book is a Junior Library Guild selection and received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and The Horn Book. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit www.tracisorell.com.

Michelle Cusolito

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Michelle Cusolito is a former grade 4 teacher, curriculum developer, and National Board Certified Teacher. She won a PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript, Flying Deep. Since its publication, Flying Deep received great reviews from The Horn Book, Booklist, SLJ and a STARRED review from Kirkus. It was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of the Washington Posts “Best New Books for Children and Young Adults” last spring. To learn more about Michelle, visit  http://www.michellecusolito.com/.

Sarah Lynne Reul

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Sarah Lynne Reul is an illustrator, writer and award-winning animator who likes science, tiny things and drawing on photos.  Originally from Brooklyn, she now lives near Boston with her family.  After some years in science museum education, she was lured back to school by the magic of making drawings come to life.  Armed with an MFA in 2D animation, Sarah Lynne now strives to pack the energy of animation into each illustration. She is the author/illustrator of THE BREAKING NEWS (Roaring Brook), ALLIE ALL ALONG (Sterling), PET THE PETS (Little Simon) and FARM THE FARM, out in 2019.


Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Her author/illustrator debut LOVE, MAMA  was published by Roaring Brook in 2018. It contains no cities, pastries, or trains, but was made with lots of love. She is also co-editor and illustrator of the forthcoming anthology TAKING THE MIC: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING CHANGE (Charlesbridge, 2020), and illustrator of the forthcoming BOOK BABIES (Viking, 2020).  She currently lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Moderator: Christy Mihaly

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She will do Speed Critiques for two manuscripts.

Christy Mihaly has published a half-dozen nonfiction books for kids about topics including moose, redwoods, fashion, math, and how to cook (and eat) a cricket. Her debut picture book, Hey, Hey, Hay! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them) is a rhyming celebration of making hay. It was illustrated by Joe Cepeda and published by Holiday House. Christy also writes children’s poetry, articles, and stories, and blogs about children’s literature. She writes overlooking a Vermont hayfield, under the careful supervision of her dog and cat. For more information, please visit www.christymihaly.com.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! KidLitCon2019 Panel

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Lunch Session: Unlocking the Secrets of SEO #KidLitCon2019

Unlocking the Secrets of SEO #KidLitCon2019
Unlocking the Secrets of SEO 
Who doesn’t want more traffic to their website?  Learn from a pro the 5 things you can do to skyrocket your website in search engines. Get the insider tips on what you can do to drive more organic traffic, from people actually interested in what you have to offer!
Amy Fields
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Amy Fields is the owner of Hub Digital, a Rhode Island company that provides online marketing services—including website design, blogging, copywriting, grassroots marketing strategies, email marketing, graphic design, and display ad purchase/design.  Hub Digital also offers online classes geared towards teaching clients about a wide variety of topics so that they can maintain their digital practices more efficiently.  Amy will be available for a short time immediately after her session for more questions.
Amy Fields

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Unlocking the Secrets of SEO #KidLitCon2019

 

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Lunch Session: All About Multicultural Children’s Book Day #KidLitCon2019

All About Multicultural Children's Book Day #KidLitCon2019

All About Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom have teamed up to create an ambitious — and much needed — national event. Multicultural Children’s Book Day is a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books. Learn about our free diversity book programs, Classroom Kits, and diversity children’s book resources. We will also talk about how we generate 1 BILLION social media share impressions per day for our event!

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019 Poster by Julie Flett

Valarie Budayr

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Valarie Budayr is a writer, photographer, blogger, world traveler, classical composer, mom to three great kids, wife to one patient man, and a lifelong learner. She is also CEO and publisher at Audrey Press, and creative director of the popular blog and website Jump into a Book, and co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Valarie is also the award-winning, best-selling author of Mom’s Choice Award Winner A Year in the Secret Garden and Kirkus Top Pick Dragons Are Real.

Mia Wenjen

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Mia blogs on parenting, children’s books, and education at PragmaticMom and is the co-creator of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, a non-profit celebrating diversity in children’s books. She co-authored How To Coach Girls with Alison Foley, Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach. Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe, is out spring of 2019 through Lee and Low.

Becky Flansburg

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Becky Flansburg is ambitious mompreneur with 11+ years’ experience as a freelance writer and blogger. She also acts as project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative Multicultural
Children’s Book Day and is part of the fun and local-focused UpNorthParent.com. Her primary site JumpIntoaBook.com is passionate about making children’s books come alive via unique reviews and
children’s literature-related activities.

Becky Flansburg

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019 Poverty Classroom Kit poster by Mehrdokht Amini

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Multicultural Children's Book Day at KidLitCon 2019 in Providence

All About Multicultural Children's Book Day #KidLitCon2019

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Look Who’s Coming to #KidLitCon2019!

KidLitCon 2019 Poster
  • Helen Hendricks, owner of bookstore opening soon, Stories Like Me
  • Kelly Murphy, illustrator of many books including THE SLOWEST BOOK EVER; ROMPING MONSTERS, STOMPING MONSTERS; FACE BUG, and more.
  • Anna Meriano, author of LOVE SUGAR MAGIC: A DASH OF TROUBLE and the forthcoming LOVE SUGAR MAGIC: A SPRINKLE OF SPIRITS
  • Rajani LaRocca, author of MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM
  • Sarah Lynne Reul, author of many books including THE BREAKING NEWS, ALLIE ALL ALONG, and PET THE PETS.
  • Margaret Greanias, author of MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS
  • Janet Bates, author of SEASIDE DREAM
  • Hayley Barrett, author of BABYMOON
  • David Neilsen, author of BEYOND THE DOORS and DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM
  • Heidi Fiedler, editor and writer
  • Lyn Smith, author of many books including PACIFISTS IN ACTION
  • Jamie Hogan, author and illustrator of many books including ANA AND THE SEA STAR

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The State of the Bookshelf of Picture Books for LGBTQ families #KidLitCon2019 Panel

The State of the Bookshelf of Picture Books for LGBTQ families #KidLitCon2019 Panel

The State of the Bookshelf of Picture Books for LGBTQ families

This panel will take a deep dive into picture books representing LGBTQ families. In looking to the future, they will discuss creating picture books that kids 3-5 years from now will need in terms of representation. Help them celebrate the picture books we have, assess what we need, and write for the future.

Alli Harper

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Alli is the founder of OurShelves, a diverse books box subscription project aimed at proving and leveraging market demand for diverse kids’ books — and in particular, books with LGBTQ+ characters and families. Alli’s blog post, “We Need Everyday Books with Families Like Ours,” reached 55,000 people on Facebook as an early test in proving market interest in LGBTQ+ picture books. Alli is a queer writer herself and is represented by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown. Alli lives in the Portland, Maine area with her wife, Jenn, and daughter, Anna.

OurShelves

Megan Dowd Lambert

she/her/hers

She will provide Speed Critiques for  two picture books or early reader manuscripts.

Megan Dowd Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College, is the author of Reading Picture Books with Children, which introduces the Whole Book Approach to storytime that she developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She received a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for her picture book A Crow of His Own, and Real Sisters Pretend was named a 2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Must Read title by the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. The mother of seven children ages 1-21 in a multiracial, queer, foster-adoptive, blended family, Megan writes for Kirkus and The Horn Book and she is hard at work on new books for young readers.

Andrea Loney

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She will provide Speed Critiques for two picture book manuscripts.
Andrea J Loney is the author of Bunnybear (Albert Whitman and Company), Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! (Lee & Low Books 2014 New Voices Award), and the upcoming picture book Double Bass Blues (Random House Knopf 2019). A college professor, a 2nd grade reader for ReadingtoKids.org, and a former volunteer for WeNeedDiverseBooks.org, Andrea is represented by Andrea Cascardi of Transatlantic Agency. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her family, their spoiled pets, and stacks and stacks of picture books. Learn more at andreajloney.com.

Christian Trimmer

he/him

He will provide Speed Critiques for two picture book manuscripts.

Christian Trimmer is the author of four picture books: Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesTeddy’s Favorite ToyMimi and Shu in I’ll Race You!, and Simon’s New Bed (all with Simon & Schuster). When he’s not writing children’s books, he’s editing them as editorial director for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Hillsdale, New York. Learn more at christiantrimmer.com.

Moderator: Jeanette Bradley

she/her

She will do Speed Critiques of illustration portfolios or picture book manuscripts.

Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Her debut picture book LOVE, MAMA was published by Roaring Brook Press. It contains no cities, pastries, or trains, but was made with lots of love.  Jeanette is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

The State of the Bookshelf of Picture Books for LGBTQ families #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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STEM Stories #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

STEM Stories #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

STEM Stories

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) topics can be a bit dry without a story to give readers an emotional connection to the people, animals, and natural wonders behind them. STEM Stories explores the intersection of STEM and narrative nonfiction as an exciting way to engage young readers through storytelling.

Sy Montgomery

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Sy writes for adults and children, for print and broadcast, in America and overseas in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible at what she considers a critical turning point in human history. Her 26 books for both adults and children have garnered many honors. The Soul of an Octopus was a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Awards. The Good Good Pig, her memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood, is an international bestseller. Her latest book,  a national bestseller, is How To Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in 13 Animals.

Anita Sanchez

she/her

She will do Speed Critiques of manuscripts.

Anita Sanchez is an award-winning writer of environmental science books for children and adults. She is fascinated by the unloved plants and animals of the world, from poison ivy to tarantulas, and loves to tell their stories. Her newest book is Rotten! Vultures, Beetles, and Slime: Nature’s Decomposers. 

Richard Ho

he/him

By day, Richard Ho is an editor for BrainPOP, an online K-12 educational resource for students. By all-times-other-than-day, Richard is a children’s book author who explores out-of-this-world topics such as Mars through his picture books. Red Rover will be published this fall by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

Richard Ho

 

Anita Silvey

she/her

Anita Silvey writes about scientists who travel to all the corners of the earth – Jane Goodall (Untamed), Birute Galdikas (Undaunted), and botanists (The Plant Hunters)—to pursue science with passion and obsession.

Moderator: Nancy Castaldo

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Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years. Her research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. Her latest is BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction. Other books include SCBWI Crystal Kite recipients BEASTLY BRAINS: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel and SNIFFER DOGS: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

STEM Stories #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

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What We’ve Learned as Debut Authors #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

What We've Learned as Debut Authors #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

What We’ve Learned as Debut Authors

A panel of debut picture book authors share their first year experiences working with their publishers, handling publicity and events, and everything in between.

Jannie Ho

she

Will do speed critiques of illustration portfolios.

Jannie Ho received her BFA in illustration at Parsons The New School of Design in New York. After graduating, she worked as an in-house graphic designer at Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and an art director at TIME Magazine for Kids. She left to pursue illustrating full time and haven’t stopped drawing since. Her debut picture book is Bear and Chicken.

Bear and Chicken

Gaia Cornwell

she/her

Will do Speed Critiques of manuscripts or illustrations.

Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. Her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps (Candlewick Press), was featured in People MagazineThe New York Times, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, an Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year, and was a 2017 NPR staff pick, among other accolades. Upcoming titles include Jabari Flies and Best Bed For Me, (Candlewick Press), and A Unicorn Came to Dinner…Again written by Lauren DeStefano (Roaring Brook Press). Gaia lives in Providence, RI with her two little kiddos, one programmer husband, and two kitty kiddos. You can see more of her work at www.GaiaCornwall.com.

Alison Goldberg

she/her

Will do Speed Critiques of manuscripts.

Alison Goldberg is the author of I Love You for Miles and Miles, illustrated by Mike Yamada (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) and the forthcoming picture book biography, Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Lee & Low Books, 2020). She blogs about activism in children’s literature at MisforMovement.org. To learn more, visit her website at alisongoldberg.com or on Twitter @alisongoldberg

Gina Perry

she/her

Will do Speed Critiques of manuscripts or illustrations.

Gina Perry writes and illustrates books for children from her home in New Hampshire. She graduated from Syracuse University and worked in animation and product development before finding her path in children’s literature. Her books include Small (little bee books, 2017), Too Much! Not Enough! (Tundra, 2018) and the forthcoming Now? Not Yet! (Tundra, May 2019).

Moderator: Charnaie Gordon from Here Wee Read

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Charnaie Gordon of Here Wee Read blog finds and shares the very best diverse and non-diverse books that she read aloud with her two children.

Charnaie Gordon from Here Wee Read

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

What We've Learned as Debut Authors #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

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Don’t Forget the Chapter Books! #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Don’t Forget the Chapter Books! #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Don’t Forget the Chapter Books!

Early chapter books fall in between picture books and middle grade, and they are usually the books that do the heavy lifting to get kids reading independently. The burden is on these authors to get kids to decide that they like to read!  This panel explores the unique challenges of writing to this audience, what makes their readers unique, and how they reach and engage their readers.

 

Debbi Michiko Florence

she/her

She will do Speed Critiques for fiction chapter books or novels (no picture books or nonfiction).

Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi is about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl. The four books are: Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen; Jasmine Toguchi, Super SleuthJasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl; and Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper. A native Californian, she now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks.

Kara LaReau

Kara LaReau was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and later worked as an editor at Candlewick Press and at Scholastic Press. She is the author of picture books such as UGLY FISH, illustrated by Scott Magoon, and Good Night Little Monsters, illustrated by Brian Won; an award-winning chapter book series called The Infamous Ratsos, illustrated by Matt Myers; and a middle-grade trilogy called The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, illustrated by Jen Hill. Kara lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and son and their cat.

Kara LaReau

Megan Frazer Blakemore

she/her/hers

She will do Speed Critiques for manuscripts.

Megan Frazer Blakemore is an award-winning author for children and young adults. She is a school librarian whose work in her school’s makerspace inspired her new chapter book series: Frankie Sparks, Third Grade Inventor. The series will launch this spring. You can find her online at www.meganfrazerblakemore.com, on Twitter @meganbfrazer, and on Instagram @megbmore

Megan Frazer Blakemore

Moderator: Jarrett Lerner

he/him

He will do Speed Critiques for manuscripts.

Jarrett Lerner is the author of EngiNerds and Revenge of the EngiNerds (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin). He confounded and helps run the MG Book Village, an online hub for all things Middle Grade, and is the co-organizer of the #KidsNeedBooks and #KidsNeedMentors projects. He can be found at jarrettlerner.com, on Twitter at @Jarrett_Lerner, and on Instagram at @jarrettlerner. He lives in Medford, Massachusetts, with his wife, his daughter, and a cat.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Don’t Forget the Chapter Books! #KidLitCon2019 Panel