The Weekly 411 (7/7/17)

© Debbie Ridpath Ohi

July 7,  2017, vol. 27

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 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 annual SCBWI conference in L.A. is happening right now. Be sure to follow the conference blog or the Twitter hashtag #LA17SCBWI for the latest updates.

Trend watch: 2017: Marking the Rise of the Almighty Board Book


Today we feature MG debut author M.G. Hennessey and her book THE OTHER BOY (HarperCollins 2016). Be sure to enter to win a copy.

Today's weekly illustration is provided by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, who has been delighting her Instagram followers with her broken crayon doodles.

Critique Groups

Power of Pen-Ultimate: 4 Critique Group Tips

Diversity in Kidlit

Social Media

Important Facebook Updates for Authors

Free webinar July 13, 8:30 p.m. EST The Pleasures (& How to) of Writing Humor & Heartbreak for Children  Julia Maguire, editor at Random House/Knopft and Mira Reisberg, director of Children's Book Academy, present a free webinar on writing humor & heartbreak for children.

July 25 Application due for Writers in Residence. Apply for a 2-to 6-week free writer's residence near Seattle, Washington. Residencies occur between February and October. Work in a handcrafted cottage, take walks in the woods or beach, and share home cooked gourmet meals. (Whidbey Island, WA)

Do You Have a Platform?

Cut the Fluff in Your Portfolio!

Inspirational Things

The Best Things in Life are on the Other Side of Terror (Will Smith on fear)


  1. Thanks again for all your work gathering together all this info. I really appreciate it.

  2. Amazing interview with Will Smith. Don't miss this one!

  3. Thanks for highlighting our critique group tips in "The Power of Pen-Ultimate"! We also have some more resources to share here: And, KidLit411 is listed as a great group to connect with, since we've all benefitted from it too. :)


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