The Weekly 411 (1/27/17)

© Bats Langley

Jan. 27, 2017, vol. 4

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The 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Awards were announced this week. Congratulations to Javaka Steptoe for winning the Caldecott for RADIANT CHILD (Little Brown Books) and Kelly Barnhill for wining the Newbery for THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON (Algonquin Young Readers)!

We are thrilled to be listed in the Best Writing Blogs for Writers Awards 2017!


This week we feature picture book author Jackie Azua Kramer. Enter to win a copy of her debut book, THE GREEN UMBRELLA.

We also feature picture book illustrator Bats Langley. Enter to win his debut book, GROGGLE'S MONSTER VALENTINE

Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12. (Sign up in Jan. and Feb). 
What: Join the world’s friendliest writing community and challenge yourself to write and revise 12 picture books in 12 months.
Who: Open to All

Cost: Tiered Membership Levels. Registration opens in January.

Jan. 31 5 p.m. PST Your 2017 Writing Game Plan If you're having trouble finding the time to write and getting frustrated, this will really be helpful. Find out the system this busy mother of four small children uses to fit a prolific and bestselling writing career into her life. The live webinar will be held on Tuesday,January 31 at 5:00 pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern. All registrants will receive access to the recording, even if they can't attend live. Includes PDF workbook to help schedule your writing time and prioritize
your writing and life tasks.  


  1. The Weekly makes me happy! Thanks, Elaine and Sylvia.

  2. I clicked over and read, How to Make a Picture Book "Re-Readable." Got out one of my favorite manuscripts that needed 'something.' It clicked. I made a few changes concerning the characters and it is so much better! Thanks for the links.


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