I've been spending the weekend at the fabulous 1st Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Chicago. I've meet incredible people, all interested in children's literature. I also discovered their wonderful children's and young adult literature blogs and their fabulous book reviews. I've added a huge number of new blogs to the links list on the right hand side of this blog. Check them out!
The best part (besides meeting all the wonderful people, of course) was that just about EVERYONE had finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I could talk about it to my heart's content. And everyone was talking about children's books. And I even got a comic strip discussion going at one point. Pure bliss to talk with such wonderful people.
Also, I learned an incredible amount about the kidlit blogging community and the etiquette and ethics. And, since half the attendees were authors, I got to hear their perspective, which was terrific.
Update: For more about the Kidlitosphere Conference (which was awesome), check out any kidlit blog, because everyone has a post about it! For more specifics, there's a great round-up on Kelly Herold's blog Big A little a.