The Weekly 411 (7/5/19)

© Olivia Aserr

July 5, 2019 vol. 26

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 Olivia Aserr.


We are excited to feature author-illustrator Remy Lai's debut middle grade graphic novel, PIE IN THE SKY (Henry Holt & Co. May 2019). Enter to win a copy! (U.S. only).

We are pleased to feature author and composer Karen LeFrak and her latest picture book, SLEEPOVER AT THE MUSEUM, illustrated by David Bucs (Crown Books for Young Readers, January 2019). Enter to win a copy!


We are also pleased to host a giveaway DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD, by Michael Sussman, illustrated bJúlia Sardà (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 18, 2019). Duckworth is a difficult child. At least that’s what his parents think. So when Duckworth tries to explain that a gigantic snake slithered out of his closet, his parents insist it’s all in his head. But even when the cobra slides right up and swallows Duckworth whole, his parents remain unconvinced! What’s poor Duckworth to do when his parents just won’t listen? Enter in the Rafflecopter:

  • What: Submit a 750-word excerpt of your unpublished middle grade historical fiction novel to the Institute of Children's Literature's contest (novels aimed at 10-14 year olds)
  • Who: writers 18 years or older
  • Fee: $19 (includes free online workshop with judge)
  • Prize: 1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100, potential publication in ICL's magazine

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  1. Wonderful post! Thank you for all you do for the writing community!

  2. This is a great post! Thank you so much!

  3. Hope this is the same flavor as Dillweed's Revenge!

  4. Skeptical parents are definitely a problem!

  5. I will have to protect people here from reading about Duckworth's difficult and upsetting plight!

  6. Duckworth sounds like an interesting character to get to know. Now I need to find out what happens!

  7. Thanks for sharing books and ideas! DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD reminds me of Pierre By Maurice Sendak.

  8. Thanks for the chance to win Duckworth, I'd love to have a copy!

  9. I absolutely love Pie in the Sky. So much heart with lots of laughter too. Hoping to make it a book club selection for the upcoming school year!

  10. All of these books sound fantastic! Love hearing about new books. Thanks for all you do! Congrats to all!

  11. DUCKWORTH is my homage to the classic picture book, THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, by Florence Parry Heide and Edward Gorey, soon to be a motion picture directed by Ron Howard.

  12. This sounds fabulous! I can't wait to read it! All the best,
    Tamara Rittershaus


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