The Weekly 411 (7/3/20)

© Abi Cushman

July 3, 2020 vol. 27

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 Abi Cushman.


Andrea Brown Literary Agency adds two new agents: Saritza Hern├índez (looking for adult, YA, MG, GN and illustrators MG-YA) and Jemiscoe Chambers-Black (adult, MG, YA).


We are very excited to feature a long-time friend of Kidlit411, author-illustrator Abi Cushman and her debut picture book, SOAKED (Viking Books for Young Readers) coming out July 14. Enter to win a copy of the book (to be mailed at a later date)!

On July 1, we featured illustrator Hayley Lowe and her Kidlit411 website banner design.

© Hayley Lowe


We're pleased to run a giveaway of the picture book, MOP RIDES THE WAVES OF LIFE, by Jaimal Yogis, illustrated by Matthew Allen (Parallax Press, June 30, 2020).

About the book: Celebrated San Francisco surfer-journalist-dad Jaimal Yogis provides timeless beach wisdom with the story of Mop, a sensitive and fun-loving kid who just wants to be in the ocean. Going to school and navigating classmates can be hard—but all that goes away when little surfer Mop paddles out in the waves. With a few tips from his clever mom, Mop studies the wisdom of the water and learns to bring it into his life on land: taking deep breaths, letting the tough waves pass, and riding the good ones all the way. With newfound awareness and courage, Mop heads back to land—and school—to surf the waves of life. Ages 3 to 8.

About the AuthorJaimal Yogis is the author of numerous books including SALTWATER BUDDHA AND ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER, which was named a "Best Beach Read of 2017" by the BBC. His work has been featured in the pages of O, the Oprah Magazine, Outside, Forbes, The Atlantic, ESPN Magazine, and many others. He lives and surfs in San Francisco with his wife, Amy DuRoss, and their three sons.

About the Illustrator:  Matthew Allen is a surfer and artist from Southern California. A former Surfer Magazine Art Director, Mathew now spends his days creating art based on his favorite muses, the mercurial sea and the amalgam of people and vessels that operate in and around it. He lives in Costa Mesa, California. 

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For Writers

How Do I Format Texts in My Novel?

Gripping Stories: How to Write Them

Sentence Flow: Fixing Choppy Writing

KidLit Crossing - How creative people manage the passage

  • What: submit your unpublished MG or YA manuscript
  • Who: unpublished writers from Australia and New Zealand
  • Award: a publishing contract with advance against royalties
July 6 Picture Book Boot Camp 2020 with Pat Cummings

  • What: apply for a three-session workshop with two editors (from Chronicle & Random House) and an agent (Marietta Zacker) to polish a picture book manuscript
  • How: submit 200 word writing sample, 10 participants will be chosen ($300 fee for workshop)


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  1. Great line up of info this week, KidLit! BTW, "Mop Rides the Waves" has a fantastic theme! Wish I'd thought of it, LOL :) Happy 4th, all

  2. This sounds like a cute book that is about an unusual subject for children of this age group. Nothing like getting them started in this sport young. I'll enjoy reading it.

  3. This book sounds clever and unique. I will enjoy reading and sharing.

  4. My granddaughters will enjoy reading this book.

  5. This sounds like a really cute book. :)


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