The Weekly 411 (7/17/20)

© Valeria Wicker
July 17, 2020 vol. 29

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 Valeria Wicker.



We are pleased to feature YA author Kimberly Johnson and her debut novel, THIS IS MY AMERICA (Random House Books for Young Readers (July 28, 2020)

Enter to win a copy!
Cover: Illustration Chuck Styles and Designer Ray Shappell  
We are excited to feature author-illustrator Valeria Wicker and her debut picture book, THE UGLY DOODLES (Little Brown/JIMMY Patterson Books, July 7, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


Today we have a special cover reveal for the picture book, BELLA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, by Ana Siqueira, illustrated by Geraldine Rodríguez (Beaming Books), coming out Summer 2021.

About the Book: Bella wants to find out what she's good at. But she quits everything she (barely) tries because she's a disastre. Her somersaults are like jirafas rolling downhill, her piano playing like elephant feet. When she decides to learn how to bake with her abuela, her first attempt at dulce de leche frosting looks like cocodrilo skin. She must learn it's okay to try again or she won't be good at anything.

Peppered with Spanish vocabulary and set in an intergenerational Latinx home, Bella's Recipe for Success will show all kids the value of practicing to learn a new skill, and that it's okay to make mistakes along the way.

About the Author:  Ana Siqueira is from Rio de Janeiro where she is an award-winning published author. Ana teaches Spanish to elementary children. Besides BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, - Beaming Books, Ana also published a book for the educational market El Pato Quiere Uvas. Ana loves being an Abuela and a Vovó. She lives in Florida with her Cuban husband. 

About the Illustrator: Geraldine Rodríguez is a Mexican Illustrator and digital artist who enjoys telling stories through colors and lines. In addition to Bella's Recipe for Success, Geraldine is the illustrator of Cinco de Mayo and The Adventures of Samuel Oliver series.


We also have a special giveaway of the chapter book, THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, by Annette Whipple, illustrations by Alessandra Santelli (Rockridge Press, July 28, 2020). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter widget below!

About the Book: The Wright brothers were the first people ever to build and fly an airplane, doing what many people at the time didn’t think was possible. Before they made history with their airplane, Wilbur and Orville were curious kids who loved learning about the world around them and how it worked. They fell in love with the idea of flying and taught themselves everything they needed to know to make their dream come true.

Explore how the Wright brothers went from young boys growing up in Ohio to world-famous inventors, aviators, and businessmen. How will their hard work and big imaginations inspire you.

About the Author: Annette Whipple celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder in young readers while exciting them about science and history. She’s the author of several fact-filled children’s books including topics like flowers, insects, and Africa. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press) release in 2020. Annette is a fact-loving, chocolate chip cookie-baking children’s nonfiction author from Pennsylvania. Get to know her at

About the Illustrator: Alessandra Santelli was born in a small city near Milan. She still lives there with her family and huge cat Michi. Alessandra grew up drawing and painting. She attended the Brera Fine Arts Academy and the International Comics School. She likes to eat lots of sweets while listening to David Bowie in her studio. 

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Do I Need a Submission "Package" (for Picture Book Writers)

An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List

Sept. 15 8 a.m.-8p.m EST #LatinxPitch
  • What: A Twitter pitch event for Latinx kid lit creators
  • Who: all agented & un-agented Latinx kid lit authors & illustrators (board book, PB, CB, MG, YA)
  • Prize: attention of agents or editors with invitations to query

Sept 15- Nov 15 SCBWI Emerging Voices Award
  • What: apply to one of ten grants
  • Who: unpublished writers or illustrators from underrepresented group
  • Award: paid trip and tuition for LA SCBWI summer conference, manuscript consultation, and publicity
Nov. 1 Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Grant

  • What: one of two winners to share a $3,000 grant
  • Who: SCBWI members who have published two PAL books but have not sold anything in five years
  • Prize: a $3000 grants shared between two winners
  • What: win an award for a book of poetry published in English
  • Who: SCBWI member with a book of poetry published in 2019, 2020, or 2021 (Verse novels not eligible)
  • Award: $1,000

Rethinking Social Media Time for Creatives

Dealing with Rejection in Children's Publishing 

Ebook Information- Ourboox
Links to video lessons, the ppt. files, and the e-books. 

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  1. I live close to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI, and enjoy the actors there that perform skits about the first flight and the brothers accomplishments. This book will be a joy to read.

  2. This book sounds like a fun, cool look at the Wright brothers!

  3. Fabulous bundle of books. Sounds great. Thanks.

    1. So many great books coming out right now. Thanks so much!

  4. I look forward to reading this book (even if I don't win the giveaway)!

  5. I've always wanted to know more about the Wright brothers and how they got the idea of flying. I look forward to reading this book.

    1. For adults, the book will be a quick read. However, I've learned most of us don't know much about Wilbur and it's a great way to learn more. :)

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  7. I have to read this book! My grandmother grew up in Dayton, Ohio and lived on the same hill as the Wright Brothers. She told me that every morning Wilbur Wright would walk by, doff his cap, and say, “Good morning, ?Miss Maggie.” After the Wright Brothers flew for the first time, they returned to Dayton and threw a big party. Granny said, “ Anyone who was anyone in Dayton was there, but nobody believed they had flown.”

    1. Oh my goodness! THAT is a fabulous story. Every bit of your granny's story sounds like what I researched...including the hat and unbelief!

  8. The book about the Wright Brother's sounds great, it was such a great thing they did.

  9. I think my granddaughter would enjoy reading this book

  10. Love the cover, Ana and Geraldine!

    Congrats, Annette! I would love to read more about the Wright brothers!

  11. Congrats on the new book! The subject of my latest nonfiction PB met Orville Wright in Dayton when she was stationed there during WW2. He asked permission from her commander to meet her, because the local paper did an article about her defending her national swim titles. It's one of her favorite memories, having a famous visionary ask her about her own dreams. Of course, the Olympics were cancelled twice in '40 and again in '44, so she never got to compete.

  12. I love fun history books like this for young readers.

  13. Other than Perfect the Pig, are there any other children’s books with a character named Perfect? Thank you for your help.


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