The Weekly 411 (12/13/19)

© Mary Tsoukali

Dec 13, 2019 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 Mary Tsoukali.


We are pleased to feature author Mina Javaherbin and her recent picture book, MY GRANDMA AND ME, illustrated by Lindsey Yankey (Candlewick, August 2019). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author-illustrator Jessixa Bagley and her recent picture book, HENRY AND BEA (Holiday House, Oct. 2019). Enter to win a copy!


We are happy to present a cover reveal for MUM, WHERE IS YOUR HAIR? by Alicia Gleeson-Cherneski, illustrated by Brianna Gleeson (HairandNowGlobal 2019).  

About the book: Join a curious child search here, there and everywhere, for their mother’s hair. MUM, WHERE IS YOUR HAIR? reveals a curious child’s search for their mother’s hair, while learning an important lesson that even without hair, they are still beautiful and wonderful. The story aims to provide support and build awareness for alopecia, or hair loss. 

About the Author- Alicia Gleeson-Cherneski: Alicia was born with alopecia and has lived with alopecia for 28 years. Alopecia is  a partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it would normally grow, including the scalp. In Alicia’s case, for her entire life, she has had very little hair on her head, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Alicia is a qualified Chartered Accountant from New Zealand, but travels the world working as an Accountant by day, and trying to help change perceptions about hair loss by night. For more information, check out

For Writers

Contests & Awards

  • What: apply for an unrestricted cash grant
  • Who: a person who has a child under the age 18
  • Prize: one of 20 $5,000 unrestricted grants (check link above for requirements from last year, same will apply for 2020)
Mar. 1-30 Work-in-Progress Award 
  • What: submit work in one of seven categories: picture book, chapter books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, multicultural, translation
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: work available on secure website accessible to hand-selected group of editors
  • What: submit in conjunction with SCBWI Work-in-Progress award
  • Who: unpublished, SCBWI member over 50 years old
  • Prize: $500 and free tuition to any SCBWI conference in world (travel/hotel not included)
  • What: write a 150-word spring-themed story for children 12-years and under inspired by a GIF
  • Prize: manuscript, portfolio, and query critiques, signed books

Freelance Editors & Critiques

Robin Larin

SCBWI's The Book: Essential Guide to Publishing for Children (must be SCBWI member)

Lyrical Language Lab Peek & Critique- The Lyrical Language Lab Peek & Critique: YouTube video series by Renée LaTulippe providing free critiques of your kidlit writing as well as free lessons and mentor text discussions.

Writers for Diversity - Facebook group for writers sharing resources and questions

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