The Weekly 411 (1/15/21)


© Mary Jane Lange
Jan. 15, 2021

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 Mary Jane Lange.


We are thrilled to feature debut author Kate Albus and her middle historical novel, A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON (Margaret Ferguson Books), coming out on Feb. 2! Enter to win a copy!

illustration © Jane Newland

We are excited to feature YA author Andrea Tang and her novel, RENEGADE FLIGHT (Razorbill, March 23, 2021), the futuristic companion novel to her debut book, REBELWING. Enter to win a copy!

illustration © Mike Heath


We are excited to feature a giveaway of the picture book, MY MONSTERPIECE, by Amalia Hoffman (Yeehoo Press), coming out on Mar. 2, 2021. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the book: A celebration of imagination, creativity, acceptance, and art that will delight children of all ages. Ever tried to make the meanest, wildest, scariest monster? What if even a green tongue, pointy horns, creepy sharp teeth, and claws won't frighten anyone away? Join the frustrated artist on a hilariously hair-raising adventure where the scary and not scary mingle and lead to the discovery that overcoming fear and prejudice can bring about a wonderful FRIENDSHIP.

About the author-illustrator: Amalia Hoffman is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books, including All Colors, one of 2019 School Library Journal Best Board Books and Dreidel Day, a PJ Library Book. She is the author of The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero, a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection Book. Amalia frequently tells her stories in schools, libraries and bookstores with puppets and props. She lives in Larchmont, New York.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • What: apply for a free spot in a novel-writing course
  • Who: Caribbean writers living in the Caribbean
  • What: apply for one of two $1500 grants to further your writing career
  • Who: one grant available to everyone, one to a BIPOC writer
  • What: apply for a grant for the development of a PB manuscript under 1000 words
  • Who: SCBWI member with PBs not under contract or not sold a PB manuscript in the last 5 years
  • Prize: $1000 grant
  • What: enter a picture book manuscript under 1000 words, not previously published or under consideration anywhere else
  • Who: anyone over 21
  • Prize: cash prizes $10,000, $5,000, $1,000 contingent on agreeing to giving publisher a one-year priority option to publish the book

  • What: apply for a grant to develop of improve your art
  • Who: SCBWI illustrators who have published 1-3 picture books
  • Prize: $2500 grant

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  1. Thank you these stories look great!

  2. Great post, book looks so fun!

  3. This book looks awesome! Shared via social media. Congrats on the new release! I can't wait to read it. <3

  4. These look like some wonderful books.

  5. Wishing you a Monster-iffic launch of this imaginative book, Amalia and Helen! Lynne Marie

  6. My Monsterpiece sounds like something I would definitely enjoy reading.

  7. Looks fun to read and will inspire creativity.

  8. I would love to read A Place To Hang the Moon.

  9. Congrats to Amalia! Such a color, beautiful book! All the little monsters will love it. I mean, young readers... :)

  10. I can already tell that I'll love the humor and wordplay of My Monsterpiece. Can't wait to read it!

  11. I like the colorful cover, sounds like a great book.


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