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I Just Registered for KidLitCon '09 - What About You?

Kidlitosphere_button I'd already commited to leading a panel discussion [Coming Together, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy and the Reading Message (KidLitosphere Central/PBS/RIF/Literacy)], and booked my hotel room, so there wasn't really any doubt that I'd be attending. But I've just filled out my official registration form for the Third Annual Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon '09). Here's some information about the conference (quoted from the conference website):

The Kidlitosphere Conference is an annual gathering of the Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The 2009 conference will take place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 17th. While sessions are not scheduled for Friday, a Library of Congress visit is currently in the planning stages. An informal outing in DC will be scheduled for Sunday as well.

The sessions go from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and will cover:

  • The Blog Within: An Interview With Your Inner Blogger
  • Building a Better Blog: Best Practices, Ideas, and Tips
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    It’s All About the Book: Better Book Reviews
    It’s Not About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Blogging Authors
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Authors, Publishers, Reviewers (and ARCs): A Panel Conversation
  • Coming Together, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy and the Reading Message (KidLitosphere Central/PBS/RIF/Literacy)
  • Meet the Authors

A pre-session meet-and-greet breakfast is offered from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. A fun dinner to mix and mingle is scheduled for 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The registration fee for the conference — including the breakfast and dinner — is $100. The fee for dinner only (for spouses or guests) is $50.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again here now. If you blog about children's or young adult books, or you're even thinking about blogging about children's or young adult books, this conference is well worth your time. It's small and highly interactive, and an excellent way to meet people face to face who you otherwise interact with only online. I hope to see many of you there. It's going to be great!