The Weekly 411 (8/16/19)

© Marlena Myles

August 16, 2019 vol. 32

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, Anpétu Wí/ Dakota Sun Spirit, is by Marlena Myles.



We are pleased to feature Native American artist and illustrator Marlena Myles and her debut picture book, THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE, a poetry anthology edited by Miranda Paul (Lerner Books/ Millbrook Sept. 3, 2019), featuring poems on the theme of thankfulness by a group of diverse poets including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charlie Waters, and Jane Yolen. Enter to win a copy!

We are also excited to feature award-winning YA and MG author Padma Venkatraman and her latest MG novel, THE BRIDGE HOME (Nancy Paulsen Books, Feb. 2019), billed as OLIVER TWIST meets SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, a book about homeless sisters in India who create a found family with boys who scavenge trash for recyclables.Enter to win a classroom Skype visit with Padma!

Cover © Jennifer Bricking

For Writers

Diversity in Kidlit

The Struggle Between Diversity and #Ownvoices

  • What: apply to take part in an online workshop for YA first pages with Laurel Symonds, literary agent at The Bent Agency. Workshop format: submit first 15 pages and get feedback from Laurel, exchange feedback with peers.
  • Who: diverse writers
  • Prize: spot in the workshop which runs from Sept. 9- Oc. 7 
Sept. 1- Oct. 31 Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award
  • What: submit your original, unpublished picture book manuscript (MG-YA novels in alternate years)
  • Who: SCBWI member
  • Prize: tuition to the 2020 LA SCBWI summer conference, 20-min. phone consultation with agent Tracey Adams, 20-min. phone consolation with editor Andrea Welch, Beach Lane Books

Feb. 17-Mar. 20 A. Orr Fantasy Grant
  • What: submit a full-length middle grade or YA novel in the speculative genre
  • Who: SCBWI members unpublished with traditional publishers 
  • Prize: tuition to LA summer conference, $300, and a manuscript consultation

Sept. 16-Nov. 22   Deep Feedback Workshop with Sangeeta Mehta A unique opportunity: Submit the equivalent of 60 pages of your MG or YA novel for deep analysis and feedback from Sangeeta Mehta, former acquiring editor at Little, Brown and Simon Pulse and current consultant. Workshop capped at four writers. Writers will critique one another's work at multiple levels and receive both writing and editorial guidance from Sangeeta.  

What About No Advance Publishing?

#PicturesMeanBusiness - highlights the benefits of crediting illustrators for their work

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  1. Marlena, your art is so colorful and symbolic. I love the rich colors. I'm also a fan of poetry, so you've got me on two things you created. I would love to have a copy of your book of poetry.

  2. Kristincrouch17@gmail.comAugust 17, 2019 at 6:47 AM

    Gratitude is such an important thought process to teach children, and one not often taught. Thank you for this publication! Excited to work it into my curriculum.

  3. Thanku looks like a gorgeous book! Marlena, I can't wait to see all your art inside. And I think the message behind the poems is so valuable.

  4. Gorgeous art and wonderful theme. Thank you!

  5. Thanku is a wonderful theme for a book. The list of poets is amazing, and the illustrations look beautiful. I can't wait to read this book!


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