KidlitCon 2010

There are many reasons why we love living in the Twin Cities.  In fact, if you get me started on the topic you might not be able to get me to stop!  This weekend, one of the reasons I love this place was KidlitCon, an annual conference for kidlit bloggers!  It’s hosted in a different city each year, but we were thrilled when we heard that Minneapolis was going to be the location this year.  On Saturday we got to hear many of the big names in the kidlitosphere speak and came away with some fresh ideas for how to move forward here at Aslan’s Library.  It was humbling and exciting to be with a group of people so dedicated to writing about excellent children’s literature!

One of the highlights for me was getting to meet Melissa Wiley, an author and mother whose blog I’ve been reading for at least five years.  I’ve discovered many wonderful books through her blog and there are several of her posts on parenting and education that I occasionally go back and reread (check out her Best of  Bonny Glen page) because they’re just that good.  After overhearing her enthusiasm for Maud Hart Lovelace’s books during one session, Sarah went out and bought Betsy-Tacy on Monday morning!

Sarah also got to meet her blogging hero, Anne Ursu – a.k.a. Batgirl – who has kept her laughing through the Twins sorry postseason performances of the past 10 years.

One of the most memorable comments of the day came during the morning keynote address, when author Maggie Stiefvater insisted that blogging should be a conversation. Not an virtual shouting into the void, but a real interchange between real people. We heartily agree that that’s what this whole thing is all about and we look forward to ongoing conversation with you, dear readers.  We’re thankful that you’re here thinking about theological kids lit with us and we hope you know that, whether we know you in real life or not, we love to hear from you!

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3 thoughts on “KidlitCon 2010

  1. It was a delight to meet both of you on Saturday, especially after knowing Haley so long via my blog. I’m so glad you were able to come. I too love the conversation best, the discourse!

  2. Thanks, Melissa and Liz! It was fabulous to get to meet both of you, and to listen in on your talks in the backlist and pro blogging panels. You guys are fantastic examples of excellence in kidlit blogging!

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