Thank you all 160 of you who came to Kidlitcon! It was a great whirlwind of a weekend.
Especially and most importantly thanks to Mia Wenjen for all her hard work on the conference. If you appreciated the diversity of our panels, you have Mia to thank for committing to diversity right from the beginning; she put a tremendous amount of effort into shaping the program, and I think the end result was great. Look for her forthcoming picture book, Sumo Joe, out in May!
Thanks also to the publishers who sent their authors and who sent swag. So much appreciated by everyone who came!
Abrams, Candlewick, Charlesbridge, Clarion, HarperCollens, Hachette, Holiday House, FirstSecond, Lerner, Little Bee, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Roaring Brook, and Scholastic, with particular thanks to Candlewick and Scholastic for sending us our wonderful keynote speakers, LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson. We loved having them!
And heartfelt thanks to all of the panelists who paid their own way too. We hated having to ask, and are so grateful you could come!
Especial thanks to Candlewick who sponsored this beautiful breakfast:
and to Annie Lynn of AnnieBird Music for supporting the program printing cost by advertising with us:
Thank you to the Providence Tourism Commission for awarding Kidlitcon a grant that made it possible for Kidlitcon to (more or less) break even! It was so great to be able to welcome people from across the country (as far away as Hawaii) to our quirky little city, and I hope you all had a chance to see a bit of it.
And thank you so much to the Kidlitcon street team of Paula Willey, Pam Brown Margolis, Karen Yingling, Sheila Ruth, Melissa Fox, Katy Kramp, Claire Saunders, and Anamaria Anderson for their work on the ground making sure the sessions actually happened. Kidlitcon is a labor of love, and the generosity of these folks in stepping up to help was wonderful. And all the things that were less wonderful (artisanal nametags I am looking at you) were my responsibility.
Thank you Isabel Roxas for donating your time and talent and making such a fun image for this year’s Kidlitcon!
And again, thank you to everyone who came. One of the great parts of Kidlitcon, no matter how it plays out from year to year, is that the audience is always wonderful. I wish I could have made friends with every one of you!
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