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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

KidLitCon Witchita

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of MOMMY’S KHIMAR
  • Michelle Cusolito, author of FLYING DEEP

Continue reading Our Newest Additions to #KidLitCon2019

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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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#KidLitCon19 First Sponsor: Thank you Candlewick Press!

Candlewick Press logo

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 #KidLitCon19 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.

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#KidLitCon2019 Sponsorships Are Now Open!

#KidLitCon 2019 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. ​$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!

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Call for #KidLitCon2019 Presenters is officially open!

KidLitCon 2017 Hershey
We try to offer panels that are not just entertaining, but useful, and this year, with our theme of Reaching Readers, we’d especially like to think about how each of us in our own roles works to get the books we love into the hands of young readers, and how we can think critically about what books we are offering those readers.
If you’d like to submit an idea for a complete panel, with multiple participants all lined up, that’s great. If you’re just thinking “I’d like to talk about what makes a good early chapter book” or whatever subject you are passionate about, that’s welcome too, and if it worked out, a place would be found for you.  We can’t guarantee that we’ll have room for everyone … but we’ll do our best to offer a program of a wide range of topics with a wide range of speakers!

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#KidLitCon2019 Registration for March 22-23, 2019 (next year) is now LIVE!

KidLitCon logo square

Reserve a room at Hotel Providence:

Use this weblink or call the hotel directly at 401-861-8000.

The link to register for KidLitCon 2019 is HERE.

KidLitCon 2019 Early Bird Pricing:

  • $80 one day (Friday or Saturday, March 22 or 23, 2019)
  • $150 both days (Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2019)
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and a Friday night reception are provided on both days

Registration will max out at 175 attendees. Continue reading #KidLitCon2019 Registration for March 22-23, 2019 (next year) is now LIVE!

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We’ve Added 14 More Attendees Today!

KidLitCon Baltimore

KidLitCon 2019 will be held in Providence, Rhode Island

on March 22-23, 2019

at Hotel Providence in downtown Providence.

Our hashtag is: #KidLitCon2019

The theme is Reaching Readers.

Want to help shape our panels? Go here.

We’ve added 14 more Attendees today to our list. So far, our head count is growing by the hour and stands at 36.

We just heard back from RISD who is excited to add their resources and input. We will keep you posted after we meet with Alumni Relations and their Illustration Department!

We are off to a terrific start and want to thank everyone for their support!

KidLitCon Baltimore

From KidLitCon Baltimore, Bottom Shelf Bookcase post. Hey! Is Bottom Shelf Bookcase coming to KidLitCon 2019 in Providence? Let’s ask author Minh Le! (Update: we contacted Minh Le and he’s interested in coming! Next step: contact his publisher!)