The Weekly 411 (6/26/20)

© Sue Macartney

June 26, 2020 vol. 26

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 Sue Macartney.


We are excited to feature author Kristen Schroeder and her debut picture book, ALIEN TOMATO illustrated by Mette Engell (Page Street Kids (July 14, 2020).  Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature Sue Macartney and her debut as an author-illustrator of the picture book, BENJAMIN'S BLUE FEET (Pajama Press, July 14, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, UMIJOO: THE WONDROUS TALE OF A CURIOUS GIRL AND HER JOURNEY UNDER THE SEA, by Casson Trenor, illustrated by Caia Koopman (Shark & Siren Press 2019).

About the book: Winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal for middle-grade fiction, UMIJOO is the tale of a curious girl who, with the help of a little magic, journeys underwater to learn about the dangers facing our ocean directly from the creatures that call it home.  UMIJOO was written by ocean conservationist Casson Trenor, illustrated by pop surrealist Caia Koopman, and crafted to resonate with all ages. Through sharing a story of love, responsibility, and balance, UMIJOO aims to educate and inspire a new generation of ocean defenders. Visit to learn more!

About the Author: Casson Trenor has dedicated his life to improving the relationship between human beings and our oceans. He is a seasoned activist who uses powerful storytelling and science-based environmental realities to educate and inspire audiences around the world.

During the span of his conservation career, Casson has pursued illegal whalers through the icy waters of Antarctica, keynoted conferences for multinational banks, conducted record-setting beach cleanups to raise awareness of plastic waste, and spearheaded successful international campaigns to reform some of the world's largest seafood companies. In honor of his conservation leadership, Casson has received the TIME Magazine "Hero of the Environment" award, a US Congressional Commendation, and the "Ocean Protection Hero" award from the well-respected environmental organization Save Our Shores. In June 2019, the California State Senate passed a resolution in recognition of his work. Visit www.cassontrenor.comto get in touch!

About the Illustrator: Caia Koopman is a preeminent pop surrealism artist who has been featured in prominent galleries from California to Canada and France. Over the years, her paintings have graced the walls of Thinkspace, Spacejunk, and La Luz De Jesus Galleries as well as the pages of numerous books and magazines. The appealing symbols in her work evoke fundamental human emotions in exquisite, surreal detail making them well received in the action sports industry as well as the fine art world. Signature series Oakley sunglasses and goggles are adorned with her designs while her illustrations gild designer Rossignol snowboards, skis and more.

For Writers

Guidelines for Word Count (Bookends Literary)

What is a Character Arc?

Critique Tips for Introducing Characters

Advice for the Invariable Moment When You Decide to Quit

July 1 HarperCollins Diverse Voices Open In Box

  • What: Submit a middle grade manuscript reflective of a diverse background, with an emphasis on #ownvoices
  • Who: anyone over age 18
  • Prize: $1,000, a manuscript critique, and consideration for acquisitions
  • What: submit a poem beginning with the word "if" for consideration in a poetry anthology edited by Charles Waters and Irene Latham, for children 4-8 years old
  • Award: publication in picture book anthology to be published by Candlewick
Illustrators: don't forget to enter our Kidlit411 Website Banner Contest with cash prizes and spotlights. Deadline is August 31.

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  1. This looks like such an unusual book!

  2. I enjoy learning about the ocean, so this book will be a joy to read. Gorgeous cover!

  3. Great post! I do love the cover, intriguing! Congrats!

  4. I enjoyed this post. LOVE the cover. Sounds like a wonderful story.

  5. The interviews were wonderful!


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