The Weekly 411 (11/3/17)

© Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Nov. 3, 2017, vol. 44

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


The New York Times list of The Best Illustrated Books of 2017 is out. These are chosen purely based on the art/illustrations.


This week we feature author Ilona Bray. Be sure to enter to win a copy of her book, MOSSBY'S MAGIC CARPET HANDBOOK: A FLYER'S GUIDE TO MOSSBY'S D3 EXTRA-SMALL MAGIC CARPET, illustrated by Alejandro Lee (Innovation Press)

School Visit Experts

Feb. 22 #PBPitch
  • What: Pitch your PB ms on Twitter, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  • Prize: attention from editors and agents

Feb 9-11 Write On Con A three-day online conference for kid lit writers and illustrators of PB, MG, YA, and NA. Enjoy keynote speakers, blogs, v-logs, critique sessions, pitch sessions, more.

The Purple Crayon - Harold Underdown, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, has a site chock full of resources and information, including an introductory article on the Basics of Children's Publishing

What Makes a Good Ending?

Overused Words You Should and Shouldn't Delete

Southampton Graduate Arts Program - Children's Lit Fellow -- a year long low-residency certificate program for PB, MG, or YA authors. Two semesters of mentorship and two conferences, one focused on writing craft and another on the publication process. Nov. 15 application deadline.

Hamlin MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults - earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in two years. Work from home and travel to Hamlin twice a year for five 11-day writing residencies. Learn all about the craft of writing for children and teens, as well as the history of children's literature and the industry.

The MFA Cheat Sheet - a review of 5 low-residency MFA programs, including Hollins University, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Hamlin University, Simmons College, and Spaulding University.

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