The Weekly 411 (12/25/20)


© Nancy Whitesides

Dec. 25, 2020 vol. 52

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 Nancy Whitesides.


It's the end of a long and extraordinary year. Thank you, kid lit creators, for sticking with your creative endeavors and being a part of the Kidlit411 community. We couldn't do this without you!


We are excited to feature author Valerie Bolling and her debut picture book, LET'S DANCE! illustrated by Maine Diaz (Boyds Mills Press 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are thrilled to feature author Cathy Carr and her debut middle grade novel, 365 DAYS TO ALASKA (Amulet Books) coming out on Jan. 19! Enter to win a copy!

  • What: Apply for $500 & free tuition to any SCBWI conference, in conjunction with the SCBWI WIP grant
  • Who: SCBWI members, unpublished, 50 years of age or older
  • Prize$500 & free tuition to any SCBWI conference
  • What: apply for 1 of 7 categories (PB text, CB, MG, YA, NF,  multicultural fiction or NF, translation)
  • Who: SCBWI members, do not submit work under contract
  • Prize: selected works will be showcased in a private website to acquiring editors
  • What: apply for one of 2 $1,000 grants (one for a published, one for un-published illustrator)
  • Who: SCBWI members working on a picture book dummy or portfolio; do not submit a project under contract
  • Prize: $1,000 

Indie Publishing

Using Book Promotion Newsletters to Increase Sales

Jan. 12 7-8:30 p.m. EST What's Going On? The State of Children's Literature Publishing 2021 Join Phoebe Yeh, VP and Co-publisher at Crown Books for Young Readers and Maria Mondugno, Executive Editorial Director of Random House Studio/ Random House Children's Books for insiders' view on the state of publishing. 18 students maximum.

Webinars from Whale Rock Writer's Winter Workshop Series Sign up for individual webinars, capped at 18 students on a variety of topics: Outline Your Way Through; The Lens on the World: Seeing, Hearing, Speaking Through Character; Understand Your Process to Change Your Mindset; Beginnings, Middles, and Endings; and more.


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