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.
- Sheela Chari, author of FINDING MIGHTY and VANISHED
- Marcie Rendon, author of POW WOW SUMMER and FARMER’S MARKET: FAMILIES WORKING TOGETHER
- Heather Lang, author of SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, ANYBODY’S GAME, FEARLESS FLYER and more
- Cheryl Lawton Malone, author of ELEPHANTS WALK TOGETHER and DARIO AND THE WHALE
- Sam Musher, librarian
- Kara LaReau, author of THE INFAMOUS RATSOS ARE NOT AFRAID, NO SLURPING, NO BURPING! A TALE OF TABLE MANNERS, THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS: THE JOLLY REGINA and more
- Sarah J. Stevenson, author of THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD, UNDERNEATH, and THE LATTE REBELLION, blogger of Finding Wonderland
- Tanita S. Davis, author of PEAS AND CARROTS, HAPPY FAMILIES, MARE’S WAR, and A LA CARTE, blogger of Finding Wonderland
- Cindy Rodriguez of Latinxs in KidLit
- Chris Tebbetts, author of MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE series, STRANDED series, and many more
- Krista Aronson, professor at Bates College and creator of Diverse BookFinder
- Charnaie of Here Wee Read, Instagram Here Wee Read, and Instagram Bookstagram Choice Awards
- Jeanette Bradley, author of LOVE, MAMA
- Allie Harper of M is for Movement
- Melissa Fox of The Book Nut
- Pam Margolis of An Unconventional Librarian
- Kirsten Cappy of CuriousCity (for authors and illustrators & for educators and librarians)
- Emma Otheguy, author of MARTI’S SONG OF FREEDOM
- Gaia Cornwall, illustrator and author/illustrator of JABARI JUMPS
- Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book, author of DRAGONS ARE REAL, THE FOX DIARIES, and A YEAR IN THE SECRET GARDEN, co-creator of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and publisher of Audrey Press
- Jen Betton Rogers, illustrator of TWILIGHT CHANT and author/illustrator of HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG
- Monica Brown, author of LOLA LEVINE series, MARISOL MCDONALD series, FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS, TITO PUENTO, MAMBO KING, WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO and many more
- Alison Goldberg, author of I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES and CREATING CHANGE THROUGH FAMILY PHILANTHROPY: THE NEXT GENERATION
- Gina Perry, illustrator of IT’S GREAT BEING A DAD and author/illustrator of SMALL, TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH!
- Paula Willey of Pink Me
- Melissa Stewart, author of more than 150+ nonfiction books including CAN AN AARDVARJ BARK?, NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE, FEATHERS: NOT JUST FOR FLYING, PERFECT PAIRS: USING FICTION & NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKA TO TEACH LIFE SCIENCE
- Jarrett Lerner, author of ENGINERDS
- Nancy Castaldo, author of many nonfiction books including BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVING ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION, BEASTLY BRAINS: EXPLORING HOW ANIMALS THINK, FEEL, and TALK, THE RACE AROUND THE WORLD, and KEEPING OUR EARTH GREEN
- Sheila Ruth of Wands and Worlds
- Nandini Bajpai, author of A MATCH MADE IN MEHENDI, LET’S MAKE SOME LIME JUICE, STARCURSED, RED TURBAN WHITE HOUSE, and RISHI AND THE KARMIC CAT
- Padma Venkatraman, author of A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END, and CLIMBING THE STAIRS
- Karen Yingling of Ms. Yingling reads, middle school librarian
- Annamaria Anderson of Books Together, writer, translator, museum educator, 2014 Batchelder Award Committee Member
- Tanya Lee Stone, author of many books including GIRL RISING, COURAGE HAS NO COLOR, ALMOST ASTRONAUTS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BARBIE, THE HOUSE THAT JANE BUILT, and WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN’T BE DOCTORS?
- Anne O’Brien Carelli, author of AMINA’S NEW FRIENDS and SKYLARK AND WALLCREEPER
- Lauren N. of Picture Book Playdate, Instagram: Picture Book Playdate
- Nicole Wong, illustrator of many books including SWEET DREAMING, FLYING DEEP, and TO THE STARS!
- Lisa Carroll, middle school library media specialist
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.
David A Kelly and Phil Bildner at KidLitCon 2017