The Weekly 411 (2/21/20)

© Susi Schaefer

Feb. 21, 2020 vol. 8

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 Susi Schaefer.


Today we are excited to feature Dave Szalay, illustrator of THE TRUE STORY OF ZIPPY CHIPPY, THE LITTLE HORSE THAT COULDN'T written by Artie Bennett (NorthSouth Books, Feb. 25, 2020). Enter to win a copy.

Today we are excited to feature author Dawn Young and her PB, COUNTING ELEPHANTS, illustrated by Fermin Solis (Running Press Kids, Mar. 3, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


KidLit411 is excited to present the cover reveal of STUFFED, by Pippa Chorley, illustrated by Danny Deeptown (Marshall Cavendish Intl, Nov. 7, 2020)! 

  • What: apply to become an authlete, where you face off with poems written to a prompt, bracket-style, to be voted on by students and other poets, over the course of a month
  • Prize: glory and accolades
Feb. 17-Mar. 20 A. Orr Fantasy Grant (repost)
  • 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  • Who: SCBWI members unpublished with traditional publishers 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

Mar 2- May 18 Advanced Middle Grade and Young Adult Workshop, with Sarah LaPolla You will receive feedback on your 20,000-word submission and your query letter and give peer feedback to fellow workshop participants. This workshop is geared towards writers who have completed their novels and revised, and are looking to get their work submission-ready. This group is capped at 4 writers and is ideal for writers who are preparing to query, or who have queried and received requests, but have not yet received an offer. Learn more and register>>

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Nonfiction v. Informational Fiction: A Former School Librarian's View by Kathy Halsey

2021 Picture Book Debuts: traditionally published picture book authors & illustrators debuting in 2021

Mar. 1-31 Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) with Carrie Charley Brown
What: A month of reading and researching mentor picture books. Join a private FB group, get inspirational posts, and win prizes. Registration for 2020 is now open.

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