Light the candles! Cut the cake! Today we’re celebrating with KidLit TV — thanks to Julie Gribble and the folks at KidLit TV for sharing this celebratory post with us.
KidLit TV is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Their mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
During their inaugural year, KidLit TV experienced many firsts:
- First free multimedia website connecting parents and educators with authors, illustrators and their books.
- Launched a video series called StoryMakers featuring top children’s authors and illustrators.
- Launched a radio show podcast of their StoryMakers interviews.
- And on Nov 16th, they will host the BIG ONE – their first birthday party!
KidLit TV, winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, is definitely a website to check out! In this tech-obsessed world, KidLit TV recognizes that we need to bring literature to where kids are: online and offline. The team would tell you that nothing beats having a paper book in your hand, but they recognize there is more than one way to introduce reading and literature to kids. KidLit TV recently launched their “Read Out Loud” series where authors read their picture books to kids online. Now kids can listen to the author/illustrator themselves read right to them via iPad or other device. And this is just one of the ways they’ve used technology to bring books to kids!
But don’t take our word for it, the Children’s Book Council and the Parents’ Choice Foundation both weighed in:
“KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature.” — Children’s Book Council
“Visitors are almost guaranteed to find something interesting and useful, whether they are consumers, producers, or curators of children’s literature.” — Parents’ Choice Foundation on KidLit TV
Over the past year, KidLit TV has developed original programs highlighting kidlit creators and events:
STORYMAKERS, their flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling authors and illustrators in the kid lit world. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book!
FIELD TRIP – The KLTV crew hits the road to explore the world of kid lit.
INSIDE SCOOP – Sneak a peek at bestselling authors’ new books.
READ OUT LOUD – Read your favorite books with your favorite authors! Plus exclusive Red Carpet coverage of special events.
You’re invited to join KidLit TV founder Julie Gribble, StoryMakers host Rocco Staino, and special guests as they celebrate the BIG ONE! You can take part in the fun via your remote device using Periscope* by Twitter. (It’s the closest thing to teleportation available.) Tune in as artist Roxie Munro unveils a very special painting at the event!
HERE’S HOW TO WATCH:
• Download Periscope* for Android and iOS devices.
• Log into Periscope using your existing Twitter account.
• Visit @NYMediaWorks on Twitter and click on our announcements, “NYMediaWorks LIVE on Periscope,” to view the party, LIVE!
*For more about how Periscope works, click HERE.
To celebrate their first year, KidLit TV is also teaming up with Tad Hills and ArtWorks for Youth. Artwork created by professional kid lit illustrators will be available for purchase via silent auction the night of the event. Proceeds from sales will benefit AWFY. ArtWorks for Youth (AWFY) provides free visual art instruction, academic support, and mentoring to students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ArtWorks for Youth champions the transformative power of creativity.
The event is TODAY! Visit the KidLit TV Facebook Event page and join the fun!
You can find out more about KidLit TV on their website: www.kidlit.tv and follow them on their social platforms: