The Weekly 411 (5/8/20)

© Sam Wedelich

May 8, 2020 vol. 19

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 Sam Wedelich.


To celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander authors, the Asian Author's Alliance is hosting a month of panel discussions and other events. Check out the full schedule here.


We're about to hit 10,000 members in our Facebook group! To celebrate, we're giving away four batches of picture books to four members: the 10,000th member, and three existing members. To enter, use this Rafflecopter:

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We are excited to feature author Kurt Kirchmeier and his middle-grade mystery-thriller, THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWSLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers (2019), with a new paperback release (May 5, 2020). Enter to win a copy of the paperback! 
Cover design by Jenny Kimura, illustration by Leo Nickolls

We are pleased to feature author-illustrator Sam Wedelich and her picture book, CHICKEN LITTLE: THE REAL AND TOTALLY TRUE TALE (Scholastic, June 2, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

Picture Books

The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Authors Talk Humor in Children's Books

Meet Best Kids’ Books--a curation of children’s literature handpicked by teachers, librarians and parents. 

Authors and Educators - helping authors and publishers create educational resources

May 12 Free Spot in Picture Book Workshop with Editor Talia Benamy

June 18 #PBPitch
  • What: tweet your picture book pitch between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET
  • Prize: agent attention and likes (invitations to query)

3 Ways to Restart Your Writing Brain

How 50 Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration

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