The Weekly 411 (4/2/21)


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April 2, 2021 vol. 14

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 Toth.

Publishing News

HarperCollins to Acquire HMH Trade

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Alyssa Colman and her debut middle grade novel, THE GILDED GIRL (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), out April 6. Enter to win a copy!

 Illustration by Geneviève Godbout, Cover Design by Aurora Parlagreco

We are excited to feature author Joan F. Smith and her debut young adult novel, THE HALF-ORPHAN HANDBOOK (Imprint/Macmillan), out April 20. Enter to win a copy!

Illustration by Dion MBD, Art design by Carolyn Bull

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of three hardcover copies of BLOOMERS ISLAND: THE GREAT GARDEN PARTY by Cynthia Wylie and Courtney Carbone, illustrated by Katya Longhi (Rodale Kids 2018).

About the Book: Pete Moss, Rosey Posey, Big Red, Violet, and their friends prepare for the Great Garden Party, they learn about gardening, healthy eating, and caring for the environment. 

About the Authors: Cynthia Wylie grew up on a farm, where she developed her love for all things green. Along with inventing unique gardening products, she has taught thousands of children how to garden. She has raised four vegetable-eating children of her own in Venice, California.


Courtney Carbone is a children’s book writer in New York City. She enjoys spending time in botanical gardens and farmers’ markets, as well as planting her own garden. She especially loves lemons, avocados, and dahlia flowers.


About the Illustrator: Katya Longhi is a children’s book illustrator for publishers across Italy, Australia, the United States, France, and Brazil. In addition to collecting picture books and snow globes, she loves unicorns and anything magical. She lives in Italy with her husband.


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Illustrator Spotlight

It's the first of the month, so we have a new website banner and an illustrator spotlight on Mary Toth, who placed in our recent Kidlit411 Banner Contest.

  • What: a 6-month mentorship programs beginning June 1, 2021 for your WIP to revise and prepare for querying
  • Who is eligible: authors and illustrators who identify as marginalized book creator
  • When to apply: May 1 (apply to be a mentor April 1-15)
  • What: a mentorship for authors debuting between June and Dec. 2021
  • Who is eligible: authors/illustrators identifying as marginalized book creator
  • When to apply: May 1 (apply to be a mentor April 1-15)


  1. These are great! A lot of great information!

  2. Thanks for the inspiring resources. Always useful.

  3. Yikes, another big publisher has been sold to an even larger publishing house?! Sigh...

  4. This book will be fun to read as I enjoy gardening and being environmentally responsible.

  5. Who could resist a story about Pete Moss?! Sounds like a winner. Congrats!

  6. I love picture books that introduce gardening.

  7. My twins love to garden, they will love this book!

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  9. This is such a cute looking book! I love the illustrations on the cover.


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