The Weekly 411 (7/10/20)

© Paul Hoppe

July 10, 2020 vol. 28

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 Paul Hoppe


We are pleased to feature author Phil Bildner and his new middle grade novel, HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Feb. 2020). Enter to win a copy!

cover © Cassie Gonzales
We are excited to feature illustrator Paul Hoppe and his recent picture book, GOOD VIBRATIONS, song lyrics by Mike Love and Brian Wilson (Akashic Books, June 2020).  Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Mary Wagley Copp and her debut picture book, WHEREVER I GO illustrated by Munir D. Mohammed. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 21, 2020)
Enter to win a copy!

The Struggle Between Diversity and #Ownvoices (repost)

Sensitivity & Expert Readers (listing)

Aug 17 Perfecting the Picture Book. Learn how to write picture books with author Lisa Katzenberger. This 6-week online class will cover picture book craft basics, a study of successful picture books, and workshopping. Each student will receive a critique on one story from Lisa and all fellow classmates. Classes meet Monday 7-9pm starting August 17th. 

The Children's Nonfiction Market: How to Break In How to Succeed Join Lionel Bender, author of more than 70 nonfiction children's books, in a webinar packed with guidelines, hints, and tips for breaking into this market and succeeding. It is based on Lionel Bender's successful 40-year career as an editor, author, and book packager of exclusively children’s illustrated nonfiction titles. Whether you’re new to children’s nonfiction or already active in this niche, this package will help you find work in this exciting, creative, and rewarding market.

Lessons from a Doughnut Day Giveaway

35 Authors Using Pinterest for Book Marketing and Inspiration

July 21 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Book Marketing in the Time of COVID-19 with Valerie BollingJoin recently published author, Valerie Bolling, for our first online ShopTalk as she explains her process in finding book marketing opportunities when her debut picture book launched the weekend before everything shut down. ($10 for SCBWI members).

Aug. 30 12 p.m.-2:30 All About Author Platforms and Social Media Join Kidlit411 co-founder Sylvia Liu in a deep dive into platform building and social media. This workshop will cover: (1) what is an author platform and do you need one anyway? (2) online components of a platform: website, newsletter, blogs, and social media presence; (3) main social media sites useful to authors, with a special focus on Facebook and Twitter, and (4) ten signs of a successful platform. You will also learn the key thing to know about social media and how authors should decide where to focus one’s energy.


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  1. Paul, I loved "Good Vibrations" when it was hot! I was a teenager then, but I still love it. I will have to read your book for sure.


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