The Weekly 411 (6/5/20)

© Alison Oliver

June 5, 2020 vol. 23

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 Alison Oliver.


This week has been an extremely difficult one for the nation as we grapple with the legacy of centuries of racism. One of the ways to combat racism is to create spaces for Black writers and creators to make children's books. Here are some resources for and to support Black creators that have been highlighted this week:

We are very excited to feature author Leah Johnson and her debut YA novel, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN (Scholastic June 2, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

cover design by Stephanie Yang; photo © Michael Frost, lettering Maeve Norton

We are excited to feature author-illustrator Alison Oliver and her recent picture book, THE BEAR'S GARDEN, written by Marcie Colleen (Imprint/Macmillan March 2020). Enter to win a copy!

Dare I Submit During a Pandemic

June 1-14 #PBChat Mentorship
  • What: apply for a 3-month mentorship for a picture book
  • Who: un-agented, non-traditionally published picture book writers
  • Prize: mentorship with professional picture book creator

How To Write a Middle Grade Novel

June 22-26 #KidlitZombieWeek
What:  Picture book writers, revive your old, dead manuscripts. Twitter event.


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