The Weekly 411 (10/9/20)

© Josh Shipley
 Oct. 9, 2020 vol. 41

 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 Josh Shipley.


Today we have a treat: a joint interview with middle grade author Jennifer Gennari and editor Catherine Laudone, and the book they worked on together, MUFFLED! (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), coming out Oct. 27. Be sure to read Catherine's myths about R&Rs.

Enter to win a copy!

design © Javier Perez

We are excited to feature illustrator Josh Shipley and his new picture book, THIS IS A FLYING RAT, by Andrew Cangelose (Oni Press, Oct. 28, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

Today we are pleased to feature author Kristie Myvett and her debut picture book, PRALINE LADY, illustrations by Kameko Madere (Pelican Publishing; 7/2 Edition (November 2, 2020)

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Picture Books

Building Picture-Book Characters: 5 Elements You Need to Know

How to Write Characters that Kids Love

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

For Writers 

Plotting a Novel in Four Steps

Five Things Your Character Could Discover to Make them More Engaging

Middle Grade

Here are the Essentials of Middle Grade Fiction

21 Characteristics of a Perfect Middle Grade Protagonist

Five Lessons I Learned Writing My First Middle Grade Novel

How to Write a Children’s Book in 12 Steps (From an Editor)

Contests and Awards

  • What: apply for full tuition to  SCBWI/Smithsonian Institution Nonfiction Workshop
  • Who: SCBWI members, black, indigenous, and people of color
  • Award: tuition to the above workshop


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