I'm pleased to announce the panel that I'm organizing for the Third Annual Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon '09). The topic is: Coming Together, Reaching Out, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy and the Reading Message. Panelists will include:
- Ernestine Benedict from Reading Is Fundamental
- Gina Montefusco from PBS
- Pam Coughlan from MotherReader
- Terry Doherty from The Reading Tub
- and me
Here in the Kidlitosphere, we blog because we love books, and because we want to share that love and inspire the joy of reading in families, kids, and teens. In this panel, Ernestine, Gina, Pam, Terry, and I will be talking about some of the many ways that people from within the Kidlitosphere have banded together to connect with the larger community and spread the joy of reading. Specific initiatives discussed will include:
- The Cybils
- Guys Lit Wire
- Kidlitosphere Central
- Rasco from RIF
- Share a Story - Shape a Future
- and (now and going forward) KidLitCon
We'll be introducing these efforts briefly, to bring them to the attention of those unfamiliar with them, and then will talk about ways that we can expand our efforts, to reach more parents, teacher, librarians, and authors - the people on the front lines connecting kids with books. I have some questions in mind for the other panelists already. I would love include your questions, too (whether you are planning to attend the conference or not). You can leave them in the comments, or email me directly.
I am really looking forward to the conference, and to working with this amazing panel. I welcome your feedback. I'll see y'all at KidLitCon!