On Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9, 2013, it will be a conference of in-person networking and idea-sharing with formerly just-online friends.
It promises to be mind-expanding.
Blog- and twitter-exploding.
With vital information and even more-vital connection.
And, even though they haven't announced the full schedule yet, I did get permission to share with you that I'll be giving a Breakout presentation:
Diversity In Kid Lit: Nurture More, Blog More, Get More
Here's the description:
In this 50 minute keynote full of exercises and interactive activities, blogger Lee Wind, M.Ed., highlights how we're all so diverse - as individuals, as a community of bloggers, and as humans on our Earth. But books for kids and teens have a long way to go to match that diversity.
How can we be allies and UPstanders for those different than ourselves? How can we harness the power of books as both mirrors and windows? Find out how we, as bloggers, can claim our power to nurture more diversity, blog more diversity, and ultimately get more diversity in children's and teen literature.
Over at Kidlitosphere Central, they just posted some of the bloggers who will be attending, and the list is full of great folks and blogs to explore...
- Allie Jones of In Bed with Books
- Camille Powell of BookMoot
- Charlotte Taylor of Charlotte’s Library
- Chris Barton of Bartography
- Holly of Book Harbinger
- Jen Bigheart of I Read Banned Books
- Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page
- Jennifer Donovan of 5 Minutes for Books
- Julia Garza of January Day
- Katy Manck of BooksYALove
- Kelly Jensen of STACKED
- Lee Wind of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?
- Leila Roy of Bookshelves of Doom
- Maria Burel of Once Upon A Story
- Maureen Kearney of Confessions of a Bibliovore and Kid Tested, Librarian Approved
- Melissa Fox of Book Nut
- Pam Coughlan of MotherReader
- Paula Willey of Pink Me
- Rosemond Cates of Big Hair and Books
- Sarah Stevenson of Finding Wonderland
- Sheila Ruth of Wands and Worlds
Time's running out to register yourself and join in the fun!
Fellow bloggers of children's and teen lit, I hope to see you in Austin at #kidlitcon13!
***UPDATE October 23, 2013 at 8:28pm - The Schedule is UP here!***
And I'll also be part of the
Kidlit Blogging Roundtable: Our Past, Present, and Future
moderated by Sarah Stevenson of Finding Wonderland: On this panel, Jen Bigheart, Lee Wind, and others will discuss how blogging has changed over the years in the Kidlitosphere as a whole—different approaches to blogging, varying participation levels, etc.; what this might mean for the future of the community; and how bloggers and authors/illustrators and others in the kidlit community can best continue to leverage blogging for the benefit of all, and keep it relevant and fun.