The Weekly 411 (2/17/17)

© Jodie Apeseche

Feb. 17, 2017, vol. 7

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to this site each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our updates. If you have links to share, please email them to Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie.


The spotlight this week features Caroline Nastro, author of THE BEAR WHO COULDN'T SLEEP, illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva (North South Books).  Enter to win 1 of 2 copies!

Diversity in Kidlit

Writing in the Margins - pairs underrepresented writers with mentors & provides database of sensitivity readers

The Author Chronicles: weekly roundup of kid lit links on craft, business, and good reads (Top Picks Thursday: sample roundup from this week)

Registration now open!
Mar. 1-31 Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: A month of reading and researching mentor picture books. Join a private FB group, get inspirational posts, and win prizes. Sign up begins Feb. 15- now open!

#50 Precious Words Writing Challenge - March 2nd to the 6th. March 2nd is the birthday of the incredible Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This little contest is based on Random House founder Bennet Cerf’s 1960 challenge to Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words. Please put on your thinking caps and get busy writing! You have a couple of weeks until you need to post your story!

#PBPitch on Twitter is Thursday February 23rd, 2017. 8am to 8pm EST.


  1. Thanks for another great resource of info and news! :)

  2. Thanks so much, Sylvia and Elaine, for adding #50PreciousWords to the Kidlit411 Weekly. You guys are always on top of great opportunities for us!

  3. WOW!!!! Thanks so much for this gathering of writer resources! Thank you!!!

  4. thanks for keeping us all up to date - and I love the weekly art!

  5. Thank you again for this awesome resource! I subscribe but it's even more fun to see how many kidlit friends post links. It makes me feel like we are all on the same page! 😄

  6. I love this weekly newsletter delivered to my inbox.

  7. Wonderful craft resources, as always. Thank you!


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