The Weekly 411 (5/1/20)

© Amanda Davis
May 1, 2020 vol. 18

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 Amanda Davis.


We are excited to feature author Cynthia Salaysay and her debut YA novel, PRIVATE LESSONS (Candlewick), coming out on May 12! Enter to win a copy (a Netgalley copy will be provided now and a hard copy later in the year).

We are excited to feature author Vicky Fang and her picture book, INVENT-A-PET, illustrated by Tidawan Thaipinnarong (Sterling, June 2, 2020) as well as the first book of her early chapter book series, LAYLA AND THE BOTS: HAPPY PAWS, illustrated by Christine Nishiyama (Scholastic, May 5, 2020). Enter to win a copy of both books!

We are pleased to feature illustrator Kearan Enright and her website banner design for Kidlit411 for the month of May! 

© Kearen Enright

This week, we had a cover reveal for MANATEE'S BEST FRIEND, by Sylvia Liu (Scholastic, April 2021). Here's small thumbnail, but check out the full image out at the cover reveal post, and enter to win a pre-order of it.

Everything You Need to Know About Inciting Incidents

Sept 11-13 Big Sur in Cape Cod Sponsored by Andrea Brown Literary Agency, a working conference for children's writers (PB to YA), where two industry professionals mentor you in very small group sessions where one-on-one feedback is provided. Writers will get the chance to mingle and discuss their works with editors, agents, and published authors throughout the weekend. (Cape Cod, MA)  

Nov. 4-8 Master Skills Picture Book Workshop Phoebe Yeh (VP/Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers) and Maria Modugno (Executive Editorial Director, Random House Children's) will teach this workshop reserved for published and/or agented picture book authors only. (Concord, MA)

Feb. 27, 2021 The Write Universe Kid Lit Workshop with Random House Editor Frances GilbertRandom House Editor, Frances Gilbert, will share honest insight about the reasons she rejects manuscripts, the behind-the-scenes process of accepted manuscripts, picture book hooks that work, plus much more. Q&A sessions will assure that she answers your burning questions about picture book publishing, working with an editor, acquisitions with a "Big Five" house etc. Opportunity for feedback. (Richardson, TX)

Kindrling - a place to connect with illustrators & designers

Children's Illustrators - directory of children's illustrators


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  1. Love the new banner art for May! Be creative this month, folks!

  2. Love this artwork 🤗
    Congratulations Amanda

  3. The cover reveal for Manatee's Best Friend is gorgeous!


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