The Weekly 411 (11/6/20)

© Kirk Parrish

Nov. 6, 2020, vol. 45

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 Kirk Parrish.


We are pleased to feature author-illustrator Kirk Parrish and his new picture book, MOVE THE CROWD, with song lyrics by the rap duo Eric B and Rakim (Eric Barrier and William Griffin) (Lyric Pop, Oct. 6, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia and her debut picture book, BESS THE BARN STANDS STRONG, illustrated by Katie Hickey (Page Street Kids, September 8, 2020)

Enter to win a copy!


This week we hosted a cover reveal for PRINCESSES CAN FIX IT! by Tracy Marchini, illustrated by Julia Christians (Page Street Kids), coming out May 4, 2021. Be sure to enter Tracy's GOLDEN QUERY PASS giveaway.

cover design by Melia Parsloe

NaNoWriMo Tips

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Here are some articles to get you inspired.

5 Tips for NaNoWriMo Success

Pep Talk from Charlie Jane Anders

33 Novels Written Written During NaNoWriMo

For Writers

How Can We Worldbuild on an Epic Scale?

The Power of Chiastic Story Structure (Especially in a Series)

Using Memory vs. Backstory

Contests & Awards

Feb. 11 #PBPitch
  • What: Twitter pitch party for picture book creators (illustrators and authors)
  • Prize: attention from agents & editors with invitations to query

Nov. 23- Dec 16 Inked Voices Workshop: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books with Emily Feinberg, Roaring Brook Press The event is full, but we have one scholarship spot reserved for a BIPOC writer. Apply by November 12th:

Jan. 10-May 14 Inked Voices Workshop: Advanced Picture Book Writing, with Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary. Diverse writers may apply for a free scholarship in this group, designed for experienced picture book writers agented or seeking representation, and looking to get their work submission ready. Review the schedule, participant requirements, and apply here: Due November 14th


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