The Weekly 411 (9/4/20)

© Cassandra Federman

Sept. 4, 2020 vol. 36

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 Cassandra Federman.


We are excited to feature author Aiden Thomas and their highly anticipated YA novel, CEMETERY BOYS (Swoon Reads, September 1, 2020).  Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Lindsay Metcalf and her THREE forthcoming picture books:
  •  BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST, illustrated by Junyi Wu (Albert Whitman 2020)  
  • NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY, edited by Lindsay Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, illustrated by Jeanette Bradley (Charlesbridge, Sept. 22, 2020)
  • FARMERS UNITE!  PLANTING A PROTEST FOR FAIR PRICES (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane, Nov. 10, 2020)

Be sure to enter to win a copy of two of her books, BEATRICE POTTER, SCIENTIST and NO VOICE TOO SMALL!


We have a special giveaway of the picture book, THIS IS A SEA HORSE by Cassandra Federman (Albert Whitman 2020), which recently received a starred review from SLJ. Be sure to enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book:  When a child writes a report about a seahorse, the creature himself has a few things to say about the animals he’s compared to. First of all, he is nothing like a land horse. His tail is much more useful than an opossum’s tail. And his snout fits his face perfectly—unlike an anteater’s snout. Delivering fascinating facts along the way, the seahorse sets the record straight about what makes his species so special.

About the Author-Illustrator:  Cassandra Federman grew up in Massachusetts, but—unlike a seahorse—she migrated far from her birthplace, all the way to Los Angeles, CA. Cassandra has been many things—a hand model, a wrestler, a manatee rescuer, an actor, a mystic wood elf—but her favorite role so far has been children’s book author/illustrator. She made her author/illustrator debut in 2019 with This Is a Sea Cow. Visit her at and @CassFederman on social media. 

Buy a copy of the THIS IS A SEAHORSE!
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For Writers

Third Person Omniscient vs. Limited vs. Head Jumping

Top 3 Tools for Writing Fast (video with Jesse Q. Sutanto)

Melodramatic vs. Dramatic Writing

Contests & Awards

  • What: write a kid lit-aged (board book to YA) story/poem/piece up to 200 words based on a fall-themed photo prompt
  • Prizes: win critiques, books, and other prizes from authors, agents and editors
Aug 16- Nov. 1 Call for Joy: Short Story Submission Call for Black Male & Black NonBinary Writers
  • What: submit a short story aimed at the middle grade audience that centers joy and features and centers Black boys <3000 words
  • Who: Black male/nonbinary author over 18, un-agented, not traditionally published
  • Award: inclusion in a soon-to-be-announced MG anthology that will center the joy of Black boyhood, edited by Kwame Mbalia

So, You Got an Edit Letter. Now What?

  • What: apply for one of 15 mentorships with award-winning book creators (12 writers, 3 illustrators)
  • Who is eligible: anyone who personally identifies with an underrepresented community or working on a book with a diverse protagonist
  • When to apply: Oct 1-31, 2020


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  1. I love the animal comparisons of the sea horse! So kid-like and fun! Seahorses were one of my kids and I favorite animals our last visit to the New Orleans aquarium.

  2. This book would be great for my twins!

  3. Love sea horses! This looks so cute!

  4. Congratulations Cassandra! Your style is versatile and engaging. Best wishes.

  5. I just love everything about both these books. They are very kid-friendly. I look forward to more sequels.

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  7. Great job! We will enjoy these books!

  8. Congratulations, Cassandra, and thanks for giving Seahorse a voice.

  9. This sounds like such a clever idea for adding humor to facts--I know I learn better when I'm laughing/enjoying myself. Congratulations on your book!

  10. I love it when kid's picture books go meta like this.

  11. I love how the sea horse instructs about book reports.

  12. This would be perfect for my little granddaughter!

  13. This looks great! Such a clever idea! Congrats. :)


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