Announcing the #KidLitCon 2016 Theme, Logo, and Hotel

Attention, Cybils bloggers and the people who love them! It’s time to save the date for our annual “family reunion” of kidlit bloggers and authors, the Kidlitosphere Conference.


Kidlitcon 2016 will be held October 14th and 15th in Wichita, KS. This year’s theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy.

As you probably know if you are reading this, KidLitCon is an annual gathering of people who care about, and blog about, children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, parents, and book reviewers. KidLitCon is a small, friendly conference, perfect for (often) introverted book lovers. Attending is a great way to turn virtual blogging friends into real world friends. Past conference topics have ranged from conquering the blogging blahs to learning to podcast to ways to support diverse books. We hope that you’ll join us in 2016!

KidlitconLogo2016-SquareThis year’s primary organizer is Cybils blog editor Melissa Fox from Book Nut, aided by a team of past organizers and new assistants. The KidLitCon logo, updated for this year, was designed by Cybils blog co-editor Sarah Jamila Stevenson.

A note on the image in this year’s logo: It’s called Keeper of the Plains. The city of Wichita commissioned it from artist and sculptor Blackbear Bosin, a Kiowa-Comanche, in 1974 as part of a Wichita Bicentennial celebration. The sculpture sits at the confluence of the Arkansas and the Little Arkansas rivers, a place that was considered a sacred site by Native Americans and home to the Ouachita tribe. Since that time, the statue has become a one of the most recognizable and iconic images of the city.

The hotel for KidLitCon will be the Drury Inn Broadview in Wichita, Kansas.Follow this link to reserve rooms at the KidLitCon rate ($119 – $129/night, including complimentary breakfast and wifi). Book your rooms now!   

Please help by spreading the word! You can also be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr. The call for papers for KidLitCon will be announced soon.