The Weekly 411 (9/28/18)

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Sept. 28, 2018 vol. 39

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

Jan. 25, 2019 is Multicultural Children's Book Day. Sign up to be a reviewer and receive free books!

Illustrators: don't forget to enter our 2nd annual banner illustration contest, with cash prizes and your banner on our website for a month!


We are excited to feature the award-winning children’s book author of more than 70 books and over 350 stories and articles Lori Mortensen and her fabulous new book, IF WENDELL HAD A WALRUS, illustrated by Matt Phelan (Henry Holt). 

We are also excited to feature Rebecca Caprara and her debut middle grade novel, THE MAGIC OF MELWICK ORCHARD (Carolrhoda Books, Sept. 2018).

The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Authors Talk Humor in Children's Books

9 Factors That Make A Picture Book Successful

How to Get a Six-Pack by Tammi Sauer (plus a giveaway)

3 Tips for Improving Show, Don't Tell

Literary Devices and Terms  

Do "Traditional" Publishers Market Their Books? (Yes)

After the Debut: Strategies for Marketing Subsequent Books with Guest Author Laura Sassi + Giveaway, posted by Tina Cho

Critique Groups

What Makes a Critique Partner?

How to Write a Synposis

  • What: design a website banner & Facebook cover image for Kidlit411
  • Prizes: $125 first place prize, $75 second place, plus an Illustrator Spotlight and your banner on our website & FB page for a month (12 winners will get the spotlight & display)
Nov. 18 Sub Six Group Banner Contest for Illustrators

  • What: design a Facebook cover image for the Facebook group Sub Six (a children's book creatives support group)
  • Prize: $50, your image used for the FB group, and an interview

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