Armchair BEA--The Kidlitosphere

Today Armchair BEA morphs gently into Armchair Book Blogger Convention--those of us not lucky to be in NY are sharing blogging conventionish posts today.

I thought that so many of the bloggers taking part in this event are new to me, they might also not be familiar with that part of the blogging world in which I make my mental home--the Kidlitosphere (whose logo is shown at left). In a nutshell, the Kidlitosphere is a conglomeration of bloggers whose passion is books for kids and teens. Here's the website, with news, links to members, and various resources. There is also a Yahoo kidlitosphere group, where bloggers frequently ask each other blogging questions, support each other in times of blogging crisis, share news, and celebrate. Information on joining this listserve can be found at the above website.

Lifted shamelessly from that website, here are some of the regular things that Kidlitosphere members do:

The KidLitosphere Conference

An annual gathering of the movers and shakers in the kidlit community

The Carnival of Children’s Literature

A monthly roundup of the best in kidlit blogging, organized around a central theme--here is this month's edition, at Homespun Light

Nonfiction Monday

Giving bloggers a chance to share nonfiction books for children and teens.

Poetry Friday

A weekly assortment of poetry-themed musings and original content

The Kidlitosphere is also the driving force behind the Cybils Awards. These awards, given in a variety of children's/YA categories each year, are chosen by panels of bloggers from long lists of books nominated by anyone who has books they feel passionately about. The first round panelists read fiercely during the fall to come up with short lists, which are then sent to judging panels. The criteria are excellence of writing (and illustration when applicable), and kid appeal.

If you are looking for succinct lists of excellent books in the various categories covered by the Cybils (like mg non-fiction, YA sff etc) there are no better lists than the Cybils shortlists.

The call for readers for the upcoming Cybils will probably go out in August--so if you are a blogger who talks about children's or YA books on a reasonably regular basis, do think of throwing your name in the hat! The Cybils organizers determine who goes on what panel (sadly, there's not room for everyone), balancing experience with freshness.

And I'd also like to put in a plug for the Kidlitosphere Conference--I attended last year's, in DC, ably organized by the fabulous Pam (aka Mother Reader) who is the driving force behind the Kidlitosphere. It was a fantastic event, and I'm going again (I hope) this fall!

Pam is also going to be hosting a 48 Hour Reading Challenge the first weekend in June--fun! prizes! reduction in size of tbr pile (never enough reduction, but every bit helps)!


  1. Thank you for sharing these links. I love children's picture books but I have a tough time finding others who read these books. Lots of people reading teen books, it seems, but where are those who love picture books. Stand up and say hello!

  2. Do you know if they have some of the details for kitlitcon10? Not much on the website. Is it going to be in Minneapolis?

  3. There are lots and lots of great picture book reviwers in the kidlitosphere, Readerbuzz! Do check out the list over at the website.

    I'm pretty sure the conf. is going to be in Minneapolis, B.C., but I don't know anything more yet myself!

  4. Great links! I love following the #kidlit chats on Twitter

  5. I was wondering too where the next Kidlitosphere conference will be...does anyone know?

  6. Thanks for the information. I'd love to be a part of the kidlitosphere but since I don't only post on kids books, I don't think I can join. I could be wrong but I do review a lot of adult nonfiction.

  7. I will ask the collective brain about the date of the conference...

    and I'll also ask if there's some sort of magic percentage of children's books you need to talk about to be a kidlitosphere member! Your blog, Callista, does seem to be about so very much more than children's books!

  8. I never heard of this before. Thank you for posting it.

    Do you think they would be interested in having me on a panel since I'm a tween blogger?

  9. Hi Melina,

    I can't speak for the Cybils organizers, of course--any blogger is welcome to raise their hand when the call goes out. But just as a warning-- reading for the Cybils takes up a lot of time, and might not mesh well with the school side of your life! For instance, in middle grade science fiction/fantasy, we had 100 books to read in three months....

  10. A wonderful idea, Charlotte! Cheers and kudos for spreading the word! Pam dropped something a bit back about "more information to come" about the conference this year; are you going to try to go?


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