The Weekly 411 (10/16/20)


© Nicola Killen

Oct. 16, 2020 vol 42

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 Nicola Killen.


We are pleased to feature author-illustrator Nicola Killen and her recent picture book, THE LITTLE KITTEN (Simon & Schuster/ Paula Wiseman Books 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature picture book author Anita Nahta Amin and her debut picture book, RAJA'S PET CAMEL: THE MAGIC OF HOPE illustrated by illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Cardinal Rule Press, Oct. 1, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature middle grade author Niki Lenz and her recent novel, THE STEPMOM SHAKEUP (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2020). Enter to win a copy (US only)!

Design by Michelle Cunningham, art by Susann Hoffmann

For Writers

The Link Between Your Story's Pinch Points

4 Questions to Prevent Plot Holes

Picture Books


The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Authors Talk Humor in Children's Books 

Comedy in picture books: how it's done – in pictures

Graphic Novels 

Literary Agents Who Represents Graphic Novels

Jan. 16, 2021 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Turning Writing and Illustrating Ideas into Graphic Novels (presented by Indiana SCBWI) Virtual conference for writers and illustrators interested in getting into graphic novels

Middle Grade


How to Revise Your Novel in a Single Month 

Novel Outline Template

7 Strategies for Revising Your Novel

Contests & Awards

  • What: Submit a short story for middle grade readers up to 1300 words long about a spooky story based on a state you have a connection with
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: $400 and inclusion in an anthology published by Macmillian


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