If you’re reading this blog, you’re a fan of teen lit, which makes up one aspect of the greater world of kid lit. Did you know that there is an entire conference for kid lit fans? Enter Kid Lit Con!
I had the opportunity last year to attend this excellent event in Minneapolis, and I learned a lot about the kidlit blogging world, met other die-hard fans of teen lit, interacted with authors whose books I’d read (including getting a pretty sweet summer reading prize for my teens this year of a pair of signed Maggie Steifvater titles), and had a blast. I also got to meet a ton of librarians with a passion for books and spreading the word about them.
While the size of the ALA conference can be overwhelming, KidLitCon is a much smaller and much shorter event. This year, the program’s capped at 190 people — you will get to know everyone there, if you’d like!
This year, Kid Lit Con will celebrate its 5th year. The day and a half long conference will be held in Seattle’s downtown Hotel Monaco September 16 and 17. The conference boasts panels by bloggers, librarians, authors, and publishers all centered around the kid lit world.
Maybe the most exciting part is that this year’s key note speaker is none other than Scott Westerfeld. His popular books have appeared on many of YALSA’s selected lists, including Leviathan( a 2010 BBYA title as well as 2011 PPYA), Behemoth (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten nominee), Peeps (2006 BBYA), Uglies (2006 BBYA), The Last Days (2007 Quick Picks), Extras (2008 Teens’ Top Ten), So Yesterday (2005 BBYA). And we’ve talked about him a lot here at The Hub, too! Hearing him speak will definitely be a highlight for me.
The conference is open to those who are passionate about kid lit and the world of kid lit blogging, so librarians are welcome and will get a lot out of this intimate program. You can find out how to register at the KidLitosphere Central website, and you can keep up to date on the events by following KidLitCon on Twitter and Facebook. There’s also a small window of time to submit a panel proposal, if you’re interested in presenting, too.