The Weekly 411 (1/5/18)

© Jenny Maj

Jan. 5, 2018, vol. 1

Welcome to 2018 and another weekly update of kid lit links! 

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.


We just finished our fourth year at Kidlit411! We are thrilled to be listed in various "best of" lists of 2017:


Today we feature Jenny Maj, author, teacher and plush designer in the author-illustrator spotlight. Be sure to enter her giveaway of her book, FELAFEL'S GARDEN.

We also feature author Ben Guterson, whose debut MG novel, WINTERHOUSE, illustrations by Chloe Bristol (Henry Holt & Co.). Be sure to enter his giveaway for a copy (U.S. addresses only).

New Full-Year KidLit College Membership 2018 A membership option this year for the first time ever, and it's a great way to save on your KidLit College participation throughout 2018 and realize your wildest publishing dreams! You must enroll before Jan. 7th @ Midnight CST. 

The Lyrical Language Lab online class with Renee LaTulippe registration is open now. Punch up your prose with poetry!

What: Come up with 31 picture book ideas in one month. Get daily blog posts, win prizes, join a great community of writers

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.

The Happiness Challenge Get your year off to a positive start! Sign up to get a daily email to increase your happiness, which will fuel your creativity. 

NewLive classes at the SVS: join expert illustrators in live classes beginning in January on topics such as idea generation, making book covers, painting textures/details, and jump starting your creativity.

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