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I’m In

Okay.  You convinced me.  I am officially coming to the 1st Kidlitosphere Conference in Chicago of this year.  It just sounds too neat to pass up.  And check out this amazing line-up of people who are definitely attending with me:

Robin Brande (author of Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature)
Barry Lyga (author of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and Boy Toy)
Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page)
Annette, premier blog participant
Herb, premier blog participatant
Pam Coughlan (Mother Reader)
Bill Coughlan (Tohubohu Productions)
Kelly Herold (Big A little a)
Adrienne Furness (What Adrienne Thinks About That)
Sara Lewis Holmes (author of Letters from Rapunzel)
Beth Adcock, children’s librarian
Liz Burns (A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy)
Alkelda the Gleeful (Saints and Spinners)
Gwenda (Shaken & Stirred)
Jenny Schwartzberg, future blogger
Ellen Klages (author of The Green Glass Sea)
Renee, children’s librarian
Jules (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)
Tasha Saecker, library director
Anne Boles Levy (Book Buds)
Maureen (Confessions of a Bibliovore)
Faith Hochhalter, Children’s Book Buyer for Changing Hands Bookstore
Nancy (Journey Woman)
Eisha (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)
Ysabeau Wilce (author of Flora Segunda)

This just means that I’ve some reading to do.  You simply can’t attend a kidlitosphere conference without reading the books of the people attending.  Those of you who are interested in coming as well, the children’s literary blog conference takes place on October 6th at the Radisson Hotel Chicago O’Hare.  For futher information, consult with Ms. Robin Brande who has actually taken the time to organize this massive collective.  And hey!  Where the heck is Esme Codell?  Shouldn’t one of Chicago’s most prominent kidlitters appear at this thing?  Somebody go let her know pronto.  Oo!  And let’s all take a field trip to her Bookroom.  Just a thought.

More details to follow.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. MotherReader says:

    So very, very glad that you’re coming Fusie. It wouldn’t feel right without you. We also have to go knocking on the door of Bookshelves of Doom. Though having the mention of the conference here at SLJ will certainly help the cause.

  2. Liz B, Tea Cozy says:

    I just finalized my reservations. Yay!!

  3. Elizabeth Fama says:

    Ah, and Esme isn’t the only talented kids’ writer who lives in Chicago. You should also put out the call to Amy Timberlake (The Dirty Cowboy, That Girl Lucy Moon), Laura Ruby (Lily’s Ghosts, The Wall and the Wing), Blue Balliet (Chasing Vermeer, The Wright Three), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Little Pea, The OK Book), and Franny Billingsley (Well Wished, The Folk Keeper) among many others.

  4. Alkelda the Gleeful says:

    Hurrah! Hurrah!
    Hurrah, I say.

  5. I can’t wait! I’ve already lined up a babysitter (who doubles as my husband). I finally get to go to a conference. Wow. It’s not BEA, but wow.

  6. Eeeek! I was out of the loop on this one, thanks for shouting out! I think I may have a travel commitment on that weekend, but I’m checking on it! If I am around, I would LOVE to host some big fun here in Chicago, the Paris of the Midwest.

  7. Argh!!! I can’t go!! It sounds like so much fun, but I have to work a conference in Northern California that weekend. Bah.

  8. Fuse #8 says:

    Woo-hoo to Esme and boo-hoo to Renee.

    Huh. That rhymes.

    In any case, Renee you have my permission to bop the crazy loons who are hosting said conference over the noggin soundly. Then, having bopped, do come and join us.

    And, Esme, something must occur. I am thrilled that you may be around. Confirm pronto, if you can.

  9. Disco Mermaid says:

    Beyond jealous, that’s what I am.

    But at least I can be fairly sure that the details of the event will be well-blogged about.

    – Jay