The Weekly 411 (1/17/20)

© Fiona Halliday

Jan. 17, 2020 vol. 3

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 Fiona Halliday.



We are excited to feature award-winning picture book author Jennifer Berne and her new book, ON WINGS OF WORDS: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF EMILY DICKINSON, illustrated by  Becca Stadtlander (Chronicle Books, Feb. 18, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We're thrilled to feature author-illustrator Fiona Halliday and her debut picture book, NUMENIA AND THE HURRICANE (Page Street Kids), coming out Jan. 21, 2020. Enter to win a copy!


Today we have a special picture book giveaway, THE PAPER KINGDOM, by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion (Penguin Random House), coming out on Feb. 18. Enter to win the giveaway below and also check out the pre-order campaign.

THE PAPER KINGDOM is based on the author's childhood, when her parents worked as night janitors in Los Angeles. On nights they couldn't find anyone to watch over her, they took her with them to work, where they turned drudgery into magic. The Paper Kingdom expresses the joy and spirit of a loving family who turn a routine and ordinary experience into something much grander. Magical art by Pascal Campion shows both the real world and the fantasy through the eyes of the young narrator, Daniel. The book has received lovely early reviews, including starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.

Helena Ku Rhee works as a VP at a movie studio by day, and dreams up story ideas in her spare time. Follow her via Twitter @HelenaRhee

Pascal Campion is a prolific French-American illustrator who does cover art for The New Yorker magazine and animation for DreamWorks Animation, Disney, and Cartoon Network. Twitter @pascalcampion 


SCBWI IN-PERSON MEETING: Wednesday, February 5, at Molten Java Coffee House, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT. 7:00-8:30pm.

For Writers

Great Endings #9: Does Your Screenplay Have a Bow and Arrow Moment?

Jan. 20 #SFFpit
  • What: pitch your fantasy or science fiction works on Twitter
  • Prize: agent attention and likes (invitations to query) and editor likes (invitation to submit via agents)
Mar. 5 #Pitmad
  • What: tweet your pitch for your completed manuscript
  • Prize: agent attention/likes (invitations to query) and editor likes (invitation to query/submit via agent)

Tax Advice from a Debut Novelist

Six Tips for Writing Young Adult Novels


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  1. I know that it would be nice for night janitors to be able to do their jobs without so much constant intrusive supervision! Neat book!

  2. What a beautiful book! Thank you for sharing it with us. And what a wonderful title!

  3. Congratulations, Helena! The Paper Kingdom sounds lovely. I can't wait to read it!

  4. Congratulations Jason! How exciting!

  5. What an interesting idea, Helena! Congrats on your book!

  6. Congratulations to all of these wonderful authors and illustrators!

  7. Wow to the love inside of this book. I can't wait to experience the family dynamics and magic for myself.

  8. I can't wait to read The Paper Kingdom! I love that this book is based on the author's experiences as a child. And the illustrations are fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Sounds very creative. Can't wait to read.

  10. I love the cover! Looking forward to sharing this with my students.

  11. Thanks for another inspirational post!

  12. I can't wait to get a look inside this story ♡

  13. What a fun sounding theme for a book.


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