The Weekly 411 (12/7/18)

© Katrin Dreiling
Dec. 7, 2018 vol. 49

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. This week's illustration is by Katrin Dreiling.


We are excited to feature debut young adult author M.K. England! M.K. is the author of THE DISASTERS (HarperCollins Children's, Fall 2018).  Enter to win an ARC of the book!

Today we feature former literary agent Mary Kole, who provides consulting and developmental editing services to writers of all categories and genres, working on children’s book projects from picture book to young adult, and all kinds of trade market literature, including fantasy, sci-fi, romance and memoir. Be sure to enter her giveaway for a free query letter critique.

Diversity in Kidlit

So, You Wrote a Marginalized Protagonist

Dec 15 Multicultural Children's Book DayAuthor and publisher sponsorships are available to participate in Multicultural Children's Book Day, a one-day annual celebration of diverse children's books on January 25, 2019. This on- and offline event's mission is to get diverse children's and YA books into homes, classrooms, daycares, and libraries. Authors can get involved by:

  • Donating books
  • Be an Author Sponsor
  • Connect on social media using #Readyourworld
  • Provide guest blog posts about your writing journey or the importance of diversity in children's literature


Contests & Awards

  • What: apply for a mentorship with an established picture book author or illustrator
  • Who: un-agented and not traditionally published in any format
  • Prize: 3-month mentorship (Feb-April 2019) 


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