The Weekly 411 (3/30/18)

© Rebecca Hirsch

Mar. 30, 2018, vol. 13

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 Kidlit411 Manuscript Swap to find critique partners, and the Kidlit411 Portfolio Swap for art critiques. 


Today we are excited to feature debut author, Patricia Valdez! Be sure to enter to win a copy of her debut PB
JOAN PROCTOR, DRAGON DOCTOR: THE WOMAN WHO LOVED REPTILES, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Mar. 13, 2018)!

We are also pleased to have picture book author Karlin Gray in the Author Spotlight today, with her picture book, AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOTH, illustrated by Steliyana Doneva (Sleeping Bear Press, April 15, 2018).

For Writers

Contests & Awards

April 25 #DVPit
  • What: Twitter pitch party for children's & teen's books
  • Who: Marginalized writers and authors
  • Prize: agent attention and requests
Sept. 15-Nov. 15 SCBWI Emerging Voices Award
  • What: submit your complete manuscript
  • Who: writers from traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Prize: paid trip and tuition to LA SCBWI conference & opportunities for editors to review your MS
Fall submission window TBA Author Mentor Match
  • What: Apply to get a published/agented author as a mentor for your complete MG or YA
  • Who: unpublished and un-agented MG and YA authors
  • Prize: a customized mentorship for your manuscript to get it to a query-ready condition

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  1. I am excited not by these two books, but the fact that they are nature books. The more kids enjoy and understand nature and it's flora and fauna, the more they will protect it. More environmental themes! Especially with Earth Day right around the corner! Best wishes, Annie Lynn of Anniebirdd Music LLC✌��️����������

    1. Please note... the word JUST was missing from the above statement (excited not JUST by these two books.)

  2. Both books look fascinating. I love stories about unexpected subjects.


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