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Conferences

#Kidlitcon is the New Beyonce

This past weekend I took a trip to Wichita, Kansas to help facilitate Kidlitcon. And you heard me right, folks, forget that Beyonce; she’s yesterday’s news. Kidlitcon was Lit! Turnt! Off the Chain! Fabulous!

Never since that time at band camp have I had such a good time. I met some super nice locals. Heck, ALL of the locals arcamp have I had such a good time. I met some super nice locals. Heck, ALL of the locals arKidlitcon 2016e nice; which is kind of off-putting when you’re from the East Coast and no one  really cares how your day is going or why you’re in town. Aside from meeting nice locals, I met my tribe. My squad. My pack. I’ve known the organizers of Kidlitcon/Cybils marginally for a couple years now but in Kansas, we became friends. How can you not become friends with people who share your understanding of Heathcliff, Harry Potter, and Lemony Snicket? Ok maybe I was the only one who liked Heathcliff, but whatevs. These people let me fly my bookfreak flag high and didn’t judge.

 

If you want to know what we talked about and who we talked to, follow these two hashtags: #kidlitcon16 and #kidlitcon.  We spent time with AS “My book won a Cybils Award” King, C. Alexander “I write for all genres” London, Clare “I have a Newbery Award” Vanderpool, and TONS of other authors whose names I will mess up if I try to remember them without checking Twitter. But just know that if you didn’t attend you missed OUT. Just like how Beyonce dropped her last album and people lost their minds? That’s how it went down in Wichita.

We were WILDIN’ !

Shout out to Drury Inn for comfy beds, the Arkansas River for being all quiet and pretty, and for Wichita, for being home of the super nice people and yummy food. OMG who knew that Wichita could do BBQ? Super shout out to the nice dude with the Tom Selleck ‘stache from Drury hotel who helped with conference set up. He was a superstar for making things possible for us.

Even though it wasn’t on the agenda, diversity was prevalent in practically every conversation. It was the elephant in the room that we couldn’t ignore.  We celebrated diversity of many different types: racial, religious, ability, socioeconomic, etc. I was really amazed at how chill and woke everyone was about diversity.

Woke. Yes I said it. The kidlit community is WOKE. We are aware of the need for diversity, we want it, and we want our diversity to be diverse: not everyone’s story is the same nor does everyone react the same way and that’s important. I feel good about the bloggers, librarians, and authors I met last weekend. I feel like I have a squad of folks who will stand with me as I fight for more diversity in kids’ books.

I have a SQUAD. A posse. A tribe. A gang. A group of diverse bookish folks who are just like me.

And it feels AWESOME.

There’s room for you at the kidlit diversity table.

Join us! (bring your own wand)

 

P.S. Jonah Winter is a yinzer.

P.P.S. We learned about Occam’s razor. Or was it Shroedinger’s window?

P.P.P.S. Phil Binder is RAD.

 

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Books

Five Techy Tools Take to a Conference Like #BEA

It’s Conference season again! How did that happen? Book Expo America is in a few short weeks (GAH!) and like you, I’m prepping for this amazing conference. I thought I’d share a post from last year in hopes that it will help you.

Conferences mean lots of primping and prepping and priming ourselves for the onslaught of new friends and new experiences.  When I’m not reading books, I’m very involved in social media and I love to have all of my tools at the ready.  Being prepared is difficult to do on the road and no one wants to be in the middle of a great session only to find your device low on battery and nowhere to recharge it! That’s why the librarian in me loves to research and try ways to help myself and others stay prepared and never find yourself in that situation again.

Did I mention I’m going to Book Expo America in 12 days? Maybe not.

I’ve prepared a video of the five techy tools that are absolutely must take to a conference.  Like Book Expo America.

Because I’m always up for learning new tips and tricks, can you share yours in the comments? Merci!

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Blogging Conferences

What to Pack for PhillyHomeHer12

If you’re like me, you’re not going to BlogHer and you want to be part of the fun of getting ready for something.  That’s why some friends and I created PhillyHomeHer12.  We live in the Philly area so that’s why we called it PhillyHomeHer but its really for ANYONE who didn’t get the golden ticket to go to BlogHer. It’s HomeHer. But in Philly.  Yours could be called MississippiHomeHer; whatevs.

We say, no matter, we will prepare ourselves for PhillyHomeHer12! First? Gotta pack.

Make sure you have:

a chair to sit in; makes using your laptop easier.

then you’ll need

wine. cuz not going to BlogHer will make you angry thristy.

you’ll probably want to wear something special

Oh JohnnyD how’d you get in here? (i TOLD him don’t follow me here)

anyway…you could wear something comfortable…

because you really want to express yourself

and EVERYONE needs bloggy business card so get some of those

or some Zoloft or whatevs works for you, right?

Feeling better already about missing WhtachucallitHer aren’t you?

Good!

Now, here’s how we’re better different than BlogHer: No need to get tickets to big name blogger events or stand in long lines for parties.  The party is HERE!  Everyone has something to teach, including YOU.  In the linky below, put your best post forward.  Have you ever written a kick-butt post? Link it!  Are good at teaching something and you wrote about it? Link it! Have you ever wanted to be a keynote speaker at an event but never got the chance? Here’s your chance! YOU are the keynote speaker at this event because it’s all about YOU.

Link up here: