A History of KidLitCon

Compiled by Sheila Ruth

It all started as a fantasy potluck. Way back in June, 2007, author and blogger Robin Brande mused on her blog that she wished all the bloggers could get together for a potluck:

...somewhere, sometime, somehow–I don’t know how, but let’s just put it out there–I want to have a big potluck with all of you....
Come on–does that not sound like THE BEST??!!
And then, of course, we’d all go home on Sunday and blog about it.

What do you say? Are you up for my Fantasy Potluck?

The idea grew and grew, and soon became a full-blown conference, with panels and authors and a Sunday Brunch. The conference was held in Chicago on October 6, 2007, and over fifty people attended. Back then, it wasn’t yet called KidLitCon; everyone just called it the Kidlitosphere Conference. Presenters included Tasha Saecker, Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross, Robin Brande, Gregory K, Barry Lyga, Jen Robinson, Pam Coughlan, Anne Boles Levy, and Liz Burns. There was even a Cybils forum.

Since then, the conference has rotated around the country pretty consistently, alternating between central, western, and eastern U.S. Generally, whoever volunteers their city becomes the primary organizer(s) for the year, with assistance from past organizers.

In May, 2019, the Cybils Awards officially adopted KidLitCon as a Cybils Awards event.

View a detailed history of all past conferences.