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Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Solving Great Mysteries

This panel will give you all the clues you need to unlock great mysteries for young readers!  How does the mystery format differ from other sub-genres, and how does this affect which young readers will find mysteries most appealing, and how mysteries can be effectively used in classrooms?  How much violence is acceptable in a mystery for kids–and how, for instance, are guns portrayed?  How much realism do kids want/need in a mystery story, and how can/should adult gatekeepers suspend their own disbelief when realism goes flying? And finally, what’s the state of mysteries for kids today with regards to real world issue, like gender and diversity? 

Sheela Chari is the author of FINDING MIGHTY, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Amazon Best Book of the Month selection; and VANISHED, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book, Edgar finalist for best juvenile mystery, and Al’s Book Club Pick on the Today Show. She teaches creative writing at Mercy College and lives with her family in New York.  Visit her online at www.sheelachari.com

Sheela Chari KidLitCon2019

Erin Dionne’s latest novel for tweens is Lights, Camera, Disaster (Scholastic 2018). She’s written 5 other books for young readers. Her first picture book, Captain’s Log: Snowbound (Charlesbridge), released in November 2018. She teaches at Montserrat College of Art and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.  

Erin Dionne KidLitCon2019 Mystery Panel

David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries series from Random House, in which cousins Kate and Mike solve mysteries at different major league ballparks, and the Most Valuable Players (MVP) series from Random House, in which a group of elementary school kids have adventures playing different sports. Mr. Kelly is also the author of Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and Secret Mud that Changed Baseball. In addition, he has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, and many other publications. For more information or a free Skype session, visit www.davidakellybooks.com.

David A. Kelly KidLitCon2019

Diana Renn (moderator) is the author of three YA mysteries: Tokyo Heist, Latitude Zero, and Blue Voyage (all published by Viking / Penguin) as well as co-author of an adult thriller, False Idols (Serial Box / Adaptive Books). She works at Author Accelerator, managing a team of thirty book coaches who work with writers to develop their stories from concept to completion. She also teaches writing workshops at Grub Street, most recently a workshop on crafting the middle grade / young adult detective. You can learn more at www.dianarennbooks.com and at www.authoraccelerator.com

Diana Renn KidLitCon 2019 Mystery Panel

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Solving Great Mysteries #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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“You can’t say that in MG” panel #KidLitCon2019 Panel

"You can't say that in MG" panel #KidLitCon2019 Panel

“You can’t say that in MG” panel 

Middle grade fiction covers a wide variety of complex and weighty topics, that in previous years might have pushed books up onto the Young Adult shelves.  How do authors cover such topics while keeping their books “middle grade?”  What are examples of books where this is done well, and how can gatekeepers (librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, parents) both identify these books and justify curating them?  The importance of addressing tough issues, and what issues and topics might still be considered “taboo”, will also be discussed.

Paula Chase

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Paula Chase, MG/YA author and Inclusion Jedi, is the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, a website dedicated to showcasing under-the-radar authors of color. Since her 2007 debut, Chase’s mission has been to ensure books by and featuring people of color are consistently curated and promoted, as well as give readers a peek into the many facets of Black culture. Her Del Rio Bay Clique series was part of Kensington Book’s inaugural young adult line. Chase’s middle grade debut, So Done, ushers in an era of MG fiction that focuses on topics formerly considered taboo for younger readers.

Paula Chase

Jo Knowles

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Jo Knowles is the author of Still a Work In Progress, Read Between The Lines, Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry’s, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl. Her newest middle-grade novel, Where The Heart Is, will be published in April. Jo’s awards include a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book, the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award, an American Library Association Notable, Bank Street College’s Best Books for Children (Outstanding Merit), and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Jo’s books have also appeared on numerous state award lists. Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son.

Jo Knowles

Ann Braden

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Ann Braden writes books about kids struggling to find their voice amidst the realities of life. Ann’s debut middle grade novel The Benefits of Being an Octopus received a starred review from School Library Journal and was described by Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse as “a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely.” Ann founded both GunSenseVT, a grassroots group focused on championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, and the Local Love Brigade, which now has chapters all over the country sending love postcards to those who are facing hate. Ann is a former middle school teacher, the co-host of the children’s book podcast, “Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide,” along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, and one of the co-organizers of #KidsNeedMentors. Ann lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats named Boomer and Justice.

Ann Braden

Barbara Dee

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Barbara Dee is the author of nine middle grade novels, all published by Aladdin/S&S. Everything I Know About You has been called “poignant and often hilarious” by Kirkus Reviews, “a strong  addition to library collections” by School Library Journal, “honest and engaging,” by PW, and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Barbara’s two 2017 releases have received much attention. Halfway Normal, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus and SLJ,  is a 2018 ILA Young Adult Choice Reading List pick, a 2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Vermont State list pick, a 2018-19 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award finalist, an ALA Booklist pick (“Surviving Middle School”), and a Junior Library Guild selection. Star-Crossed is a 2018  ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 CCBC Choice for Fiction, a 2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People,  a 2018 Goodreads Choice finalist, and listed on several Best of 2017 lists, including those by the Chicago Public Library, King County (Washington State) Library and Cleveland Heights (Ohio) Library. Maybe He Just Likes You, a “middle school MeToo,” will be published by Aladdin/S&S Fall 2019.  Barbara is one of the founders of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

Barbara Dee

Varian Johnson

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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.

Varian Johnson

Katy Kramp (moderator)

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Katy Kramp has been a public librarian since 2002, currently at the Plymouth District Library in Michigan, and a book blogger since 2004.  She has been a Round 1 panelist for the Cybils Awards five times, serves on the board of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council and is a proud Girl Scout leader. She has presented on Diversity in Youth Literature with friend and colleague Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit and the Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute.  She holds an MSI from the University of Michigan and lives in Ypsilanti with her love and their two children. You can find her book reviews on line at http://alibrarymama.com.

Katy Kramp

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

"You can't say that in MG" panel #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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Diverse Fantasy in the Real World #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Diverse Fantasy in the Real World #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Diverse Fantasy in the Real World

Middle grade fantasy set in the real world can be a great escape for young readers, but just as importantly, it can offer new ways of seeing what is “real,” bringing attention to critical issues and making visible histories that maybe aren’t part of the standard curriculum.   And of course it’s important that we have books with diverse protagonists to reflect the diversity of the real world; every kid should have the chance at magic!  As well as addressing diversity gaps in fantasy, and how to fill them, this panel considers what makes good real world fantasy—how much magic do kids want? What stories resonate, and with whom? And how do gatekeepers know when the fantastical elements in a story warrant putting the little unicorn sticker on the spine, or when the magical realism of a particular culture falls on the side of realistic fiction?

Zetta Elliott (Dragons in a Bag, 2018)

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Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She is the author of thirty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books Bird and Melena’s Jubilee. Her own imprint, Rosetta Press, generates culturally relevant stories that center children who have been marginalized, misrepresented, and/or rendered invisible in traditional children’s literature. Elliott is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing.

Zetta Elliott

Anna Meriano (the Love Sugar Magic series—A Dash of Trouble, 2018 and A Sprinkle of Spirits, 2019)

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Anna Meriano grew up in Houston with an older brother, a younger brother, and a large network of aunts, uncles, and cousins spreading across the state of Texas. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English, and earned her MFA in creative writing from the New School in New York. Anna has taught creative writing and high school English and currently works as a tutor for students of all ages across Houston. In her free time she loves knitting, playing full-contact quidditch, and singing along to songs in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Anna Meriano 

Rajani LaRocca (Midsummer’s Mayhem, 2019)

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Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives eastern Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two brilliant kids, and an impossibly cute dog. After receiving both a BA and an MD from Harvard, she now practices medicine and writes middle grade novels and picture books. Her debut middle grade, MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, is a foodie Indian-American story inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the hours she’s spent watching TV baking competitions.

Rajani LaRocca

S.R. Toliver (moderator)

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S.R. Toliver is pursuing a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia with an emphasis in reading education, literature, and language arts (6-12). Her current research is based in the critical tradition, analyzing young adult speculative fiction in an effort to promote social justice and equity in the English classroom. Within this research area, she focuses on representations of and responses to people of color in speculative fiction texts to discuss the implications of erasing youth of color from futuristic and imaginative contexts. Toliver’s research interests include speculative fiction, narrative analysis, Afrofuturism, and Black girl literacies.

S.R. Toliver

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Diverse Fantasy in the Real World #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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Reaching Readers: Part 2 Getting Your Book Into the Hands of Kids #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Reaching Readers: Part 2 Getting Your Book Into the Hands of Kids (gatekeepers perspectives)

Reaching Readers: Part 2 Getting Your Book Into the Hands of Kids (gatekeepers perspectives)

This panel continues the discussion on how to reach readers from the perspectives of librarians, teachers, and booksellers.  How do you get the right book to the right kid? What strategies help you figure out what makes a book “right”? Gender, diversity, politics and economics all come into play, making these simple questions a lot more complicated than they might seem at first!

 Melissa Fox

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Melissa Fox is the Children’s Event Coordinator at Watermark Books & Cafe, an independent bookstore in Wichita, KS. She is an avid, omnivorous reader and has been blogging at Book Nut for 14 years. 

Melissa Fox

Cindy Rodriguez

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Hi! I’m Cindy L. Rodriguez, the author of the young adult novel When Reason Breaks, (Bloomsbury 2015). I also have an essay in the anthology Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (Simon Pulse 2018). Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter for The Hartford Courant and as a researcher for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. I have degrees from the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University, and two teaching certifications. I am also a founder of and blogger at Latinxs in Kid Lit. I live in Connecticut with my family, and I’m a big fan of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut. You can find me atcindylrodriguez.com.

Cindy Rodriguez

Sam Musher

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Sam Musher has been a middle school librarian for fourteen years, first at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and now in the Cambridge Public Schools. Her home is in Somerville, MA (or Boston, if you’re from outside the area). She’s committed to sharing diverse and deeply compassionate books with all kids. Follow her reviews and read-alike suggestions on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ParentheticalSam

sam mushner

Carla Molina

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Carla Molina is a high school librarian in Rhode Island where she marries her love of reading and building community. When not in the stacks, she’s a single mom of two dynamic daughters and has a low key super power for connecting people. Carla has had a lifelong obsession with storytelling that’s led her to blog for the Huffington Post and Latina magazine, take the stage with Listen To Your Mother twice, and support other single parents through a new project she’s joined called Avail. She’s currently gone down the Craigslist rabbit hole to decorate her new home and is working on a children’s book about the Pedro Pan airlift as a way to honor her Cuban roots.

Carla Molina

Karen Yingling

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Karen Yingling (moderator) is a middle-aged, middle school librarian in the Midwest with a blog that concentrates on middle grade literature, http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com 

karen yingling

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Reaching Readers: Part 2 Getting Your Book Into the Hands of Kids (gatekeepers perspectives)

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Person, Pacing, and Presentation: What makes a good comic/graphic novel? #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Person, Pacing, and Presentation: What makes a good comic/graphic novel? #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Person, Pacing, and Presentation: What makes a good comic/graphic novel

Comics promote visual literacy as well as reading enjoyment and problem-solving skills. They stand apart because of the interplay between text and image, working together to create the larger narrative. This session unpacks the anatomy and design of graphic novels, and how illustrations enhance the text and vice versa. You’ll never look at comics the same way again!

Mel Schuit

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Mel Schuit is a picture book enthusiast with an MA in Children’s Literature, an MFA in Writing for Children, and a BA in Studio Art. In addition to Let’s Talk Picture Books, Mel is active on Instagram at @ltpbexchange  where she hosts a quarterly series of one-on-one picture book swaps and @kidlitpickswhere she co-hosts a monthly themed picture book club. Mel is also a member of the Children’s Book Council’s Graphic Novel Committee and a contributing reviewer for The Comics Journal.

Mel Schuit

Alex Graudins

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Alex Graudins is the cartoonist behind The Brain book of First Second’s middle grade Science Comics series. Currently hiding out in li’l Rhode Island, she holds a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and has done work for sites like The Nib and CollegeHumor. She has a penchant for memoirs and narratives that tackle the topics of anxiety and friendship.”  Visit her at  http://toonyart.com/

Alex Graudins

LeUyen Pham

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LeUyen Pham is the creator of over one hundred books for kids, including 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 Cake, and 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.

LeUyen Pham

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Person, Pacing, and Presentation: What makes a good comic/graphic novel? #KidLitCon2019 Panel

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Reading Strategies with Multicultural Books #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

Reading Strategies with Multicultural Books #KidLitCon2019

Reading Strategies with Multicultural Books

Starting with the big picture of how children process and understand race, this panel show hands-on examples of reading strategies using multicultural books including using Spanish language and Latinx poetry in the classroom and how to set up a diverse book tasting for kids and teens.

 

Emma Otheguy

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Emma Otheguy is the author of the picture books Martí’s Song for Freedom, which received five starred reviews, and, most recently, Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges. Her debut middle-grade novel, Silver Meadows Summer, is coming from Knopf Books for Young Readers on April 30th, 2019. Otheguy lives in New York City.

Lisa Carroll

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Lisa Carroll is the library media specialist at Northeast Middle School in Bristol, CT where she does Book Tastings for students – piling up genres at tables and giving the kids an opportunity to read from the books to really give it a “taste.” She is the leader of the Northeast Middle School Project Lit Community and the head of the drama club.

Krista Aronson

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Krista Aronson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates College whose work focuses on understanding multicultural children’s books and how they can be used to nurture social and emotional growth. Her work draws heavily on the Diverse BookFinder. Founded by Krista Aronson in collaboration with Anne Sibley O’Brien, children’s book creator, and Brenna Callahan, the Diverse BookFinder is a search engine/database for K-3 picture books featuring diverse human characters and a corresponding physical collection of picture books which is housed at Ladd Library at Bates College. Using the collection Professor Aronson, her collaborators and students contribute to the national dialogue about diverse children’s books, capturing and communicating their dominant messages and exploring their impact on inclusion and bias — including how teachers and parents can utilize them in everyday life.

Diverse BookFiner

Moderator: Lisa Rogers

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Lisa Rogers is an elementary school librarian and a former newspaper reporter and editor. Her debut picture book 16 WORDS: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS AND THE RED WHEELBARROW, will be published by Random House’s Schwartz & Wade Books in May 2019. She is the winner of the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.

Lisa Rogers picture book author

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Reading Strategies with Multicultural Books #KidLitCon2019

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How to Take Great Photos of Books & Grow Instagram Followers #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

How to Take Great Photos of Books & Grow Instagram Followers #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

How to Take Great Photos of Books and Grow Instagram Followers

With more than 700 million active users, Instagram is the social media platform for book lovers! But how do you take great photos of books to grow your followers? Three KidLit Bookstagrammers will share their secrets for how to take engaging photos of books. They will also share how they use Instagram as an effective marketing tool for building their brand.

 

Charnaie of Here Wee Read

With 33,000 Instagram followers for Here Wee Read, Charnaie Gordon finds and shares the very best diverse and non-diverse books that she read aloud with her two children. She also blogs at Here Wee Read. Charnaie created Bookstagram Choice Awards, a group Instagram account that recognizes the best in children’s literature chosen by experienced bookstagrammers.

Charnaie Gordon from Here Wee Read

Lauren of Picturebook Playdate

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She will provide Speed Critiques.

Lauren Neil is a writer, kid-wrangler and lover of all things #kidlit. An SCBWI Member since 2013, her Middle Grade short story was published as part of an anthology on bullying, TALES FROM THE BULLY BOX (Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, 2014), and her picture book manuscript, CITY SOUNDS, was nominated for the 2017 SCBWI-Austin Writing Mentor Award. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

How to Take Great Photos of Books & Grow Instagram Followers #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

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Overcoming Adversity: Creating Resilient Characters in Children’s Literature #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Creating Resilient Characters in Children’s Literature #KidLitCon2019 Panel

Overcoming Adversity: Creating Resilient Characters in Children’s Literature

What sorts of books can help young people discover the strength to conquer their fears despite the myriad of obstacles and challenges they face every day? This panel of authors has written books that don’t flinch from the serious issues of today:  racial injustice, poverty, violence, broken families, death and serious illness, foster care, bullying, learning and physical and emotional disabilities, and fitting in – but they do it with characters who shine!  Just as diamonds are formed under pressure, these characters summon grit and determination to face adversity, and discover their own unique potential to fly.  Join us as we talk about writing novels on tough topics – and doing it with empathy and grace.

Kimberly Newton Fusco

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Kimberly Newton Fusco is the author of four novels, TENDING TO GRACE, which received the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, THE WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE, a Parent’s Choice Silver Medalist, BEHOLDING BEE, and CHASING AUGUSTUS, a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Award from the Boston Authors Club. Ms. Fusco was a national-award-winning education writer before becoming a novelist and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

Leslie Connor

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She will do Speed Critiquers for manuscripts.

Leslie Connor has always been a “dedicated daydreamer” with a headful of stories that needed an appropriate medium where they could be told. (It took her a while to figure that out.) She holds a BFA in visual art from the University of Connecticut and is happily surprised to be writing today. Leslie is the genre-hopping author of several award-winning books for children including a picture book, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, two teen novels, Dead on Town Line, and The Things You Kiss Goodbye, and the middle grade novels, CrunchWaiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, and most recently, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. She lives with her husband and rescue dogs in a little house in the Connecticut woods. She is also a National Book Award finalist.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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New York Times bestselling author, Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s novel, FISH IN A TREE is an ALA Schneider Family Book Award winner, an ALA Notable Book, a Global Read Aloud, a SLJ Best Book, a Nerdy Book, and a SCBWI Crystal Kite winner. Soon it’ll be a stage show in NYC. Her first novel, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS is an ABA New Voices Pick, a Nerdy Book, and a Scholastic Book Clubs Editors’ Choice. Combined, Lynda’s books have appeared on 56 state award lists and are published in 28 languages. Her next novel, SHOUTING AT THE RAIN, a middle grade set on Cape Cod, will be released May 7, 2019.

Fish in a tree with Schneider

 

Padma Venkatraman

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Padma Venkatraman was chief scientist on oceanographic vessels and spent time under the sea and in five countries before becoming an American author. Her novels,  A TIME TO DANCE, CLIMBING THE STAIRS and ISLAND’S END, were all released to multiple starred reviews and won several honors and awards. Her latest novel, THE BRIDGE HOME, is available for pre-order and will hit the shelves in February 2019. Visit her at www.padmavenkatraman.com or on twitter @padmatv.

the bridge home Padma Venkatraman

Rebecca Caprara

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She will do Speed Critiques for manuscripts.

Rebecca Caprara graduated from Cornell University and practiced architecture for several years, before shifting her focus from bricks to books. An avid globetrotter, she has traveled to over 50 countries, and has lived in Italy, Singapore, and Canada. She is now growing roots in Massachusetts with her family.  THE MAGIC OF MELWICK ORCHARD (Carolrhoda Books, 2018) is her debut middle grade novel. Her next two books for young people are scheduled for publication in 2020 and 2021.

Moderator: Laurie Smith Murphy

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Laurie Smith Murphy is a long-time member of SCBWI and co-founder of the Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat in West Greenwich. She is a former teacher and currently working on a middle grade novel. She adapted Kimberly Newton Fusco’s book, TENDING TO GRACE, into a play and co-directed it for Swamp Meadow Community Theatre. Motif Magazine nominated the play in the New Works category.

Laurie Smith Murphy

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Creating Resilient Characters in Children’s Literature #KidLitCon2019 Panel

 

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Lunch Session: Career Consulting for Creatives #KidLitCon2019

Career Consulting for Creatives #KidLitCon2019

Career Consulting for Creatives

Do you ever find yourself feeling “stuck”? Be it writers block, procrastination, organization or just feeling a bit bogged down by your “day job” or less creative freelance work? Working with a career coach can help you uncover your internal roadblocks in order to open up more space (and time) to focus on the creative projects that bring you joy.
Erika Oliver
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Erika Oliver is the Principal coach of Bloom Coaching and Development, a Boston-based coaching & consulting firm dedicated to helping their clients through transitions in their personal and professional lives. While Bloom specializes in career coaching, we  also believe that one should look at each individual’s scenario holistically whenever possible. Bloom partners with their clients to help them further define their goals and move more methodically towards them.
Erika will be available for free 15 minute min-consultations throughout the  duration of the conference.
Schedule a free 15-minute consultation at the following link:

Erika Oliver


 501 Boylston
 10th Floor
 Boston, MA 02116
Erika Oliver Bloom Development Career Consultant

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

Career Consulting for Creatives #KidLitCon2019

 

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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

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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

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