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Annoucing some program changes and additions!

There have been a few changes to the Kidlitcon program since it was “finalized,” and hopefully there won’t be any more in the next three weeks!!!

Sadly, Amy Fields, our SEO expert, will not be able to make it to the conference due to a family emergency.   We will  offer an abbreviated SEO session presentation by Sheila Ruth as a lunchtime bonus on Friday.  Amy has generously shared her working presentation with us, so her expert advice will still be on the table!

We have added a new Friday panel to fill the spot once occupied by SEO– Not Just the Newbery:  All about Awards and Book Lists.  Panelists Anamaria Anderson (Batchelder, will discuss how books are picked for awards and lists, who picks them (and how you get to be one of those people), and how educators and librarians can use these lists effectively.  The two confirmed panelists are Anamaria Anderson,  former Batchelder committee member, and current co-chair of USBBY’s OIB committee, Shoshana Flax, an editor at the Horn Book who’s currently on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and Charlotte Taylor of the Cybils Awards.

The STEM Stories panel also lost  three of its original panelists, but we are proud to welcome authors Jason Viola, Sara Levine and Heidi Fiedler to fill it up again, and thank Paula Wiley for moderating.

The original  lunch-time short sessions, on Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and Career Counselling for Creatives, have unfortunately been cancelled. As mentioned above, SEO will now fill the Friday slot.  The Saturday slot will be filled by a Kidlit Blogging Salon, moderated by Charlotte Taylor.  Kidlitcon was begun more than ten years ago specifically to bring bloggers together, and this salon will continue that tradition, giving bloggers a chance to meet, discuss the state of blogging today, and share ideas about what makes it worthwhile.

I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you who are coming to my beautiful home city of Providence!  It will be a great time.


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