The Weekly 411 (7/23/21)

© Rebekah Lowell

 July 23, 2021 vol. 30

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 Rebekah Lowell.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Mượn Thị Văn and her picture book Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai (Scholastic, May 2021). Enter to win a copy!  

We are delighted to feature author Emma Kress and her debut young adult novel, Dangerous Play (Fierce Reads, Aug. 3, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

design by Aurora Parlagreco, Art byLaura Callaghan

We are excited to feature author Christyne Morrell and her debut middle-grade novel, KINGDOM OF SECRETS (Delacorte Press (August 3, 2021) Enter to win a signed hardcover copy!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Perfect Party, by Laurel Paula Jackson and illustrated Helene Baum (Yeehoo Press) coming out on Aug. 10, 2021.

About the book: A delightful story about the beauty of different cultures and the strength of collaboration. It’s Little Robin’s birthday, and all the zoo animals want to help him celebrate! Yet with each animal comes different ideas from around the world. So how does one plan the perfect birthday party? First, there’s music! As all the eager creatures join in for a birthday song, what should have been harmonious music turns into chaos: mooing, yelping, braying, and squawking! And then there’s the food! Everyone has their own favorite meals, and no one can agree on anything. But amidst all the noise rings one true note—the recipe for a perfect party? Friends who want to celebrate!

About the Author: Dr. Laurel P. Jackson grew up in several countries around the world and writes stories that inspire readers to think about their connection to others. Laurel works as an international educational consultant for governmental institutions and has initiated a number of projects to empower children. She lives in Berlin, Germany and loves creating delicious recipes for friends and family. You can visit her online at

About the Illustrator: Hélène Baum-Owoyele is a French-German illustrator based in Berlin. “There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” –Manet. This principle guides her work and life. Originally a trained graphic designer, she enjoys creating colorful, vibrant images which draw inspiration from her multicultural background. Her watercolor and vector artworks have been used in various contexts, from editorial to advertising. See more at

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Workshop Spots for Diverse Writers
Inked Voices is offering a free spot for a diverse writer in each of its agent and editor workshops this fall. These events are all online and offer a combination of peer and professional feedback in a small group setting. Participants should plan to spend 6-10 hours reading and critiquing peer work, depending on group size. 

Picture Books with Catherine Laudone, Simon & Schuster
August 18th, 2021 - September 17th, 2021

Picture Books with Charlotte Wenger, Prospect Agency
September 3rd, 2021 - October 6th, 2021

Picture Books with Abigail Frank, Sanford Greenburger
September 23rd, 2021 - October 18th, 2021

Picture Books with Karen Boss, Charlesbridge
September 30th, 2021 - October 25th, 2021

Picture Books with Beth Terrill, NorthSouth Books
November 1st, 2021 - December 5th, 2021

Poetry for Prose Writers
Tuesday, July 27th, 7-8:15pm ET
Love poetry but don’t consider yourself a poet? YA author Kip Wilson has been there. This 75-minute webinar class is for any writer looking to use the tools of poetry to enhance their prose. Kip will share examples from some favorite verse and prose novels that use poetic techniques to create lyrical images. During the workshop, students will have the chance to craft and share their own work following the examples presented. 


  1. So much awesomeness in this week's post. I love the cover of Wishes. And those ladies on the cover Dangerous Play look like they could kick some @$$.

  2. Thank you again, @Kidlit411, for all you do! WISHES is my favorite book this year.

  3. This book sounds fun to read with bright and colorful illustrations.

  4. Great idea for a picture book! And what a fun cover. Congrats!

  5. I always enjoy Yeehoo Press books. Looking forward to reading The Perfect Party.

  6. Book looks great, think my twins would love it!

  7. The Perfect Party looks perfect! Congratulations! :)

  8. I can't wait to read The Perfect Party!

  9. I want to experience this perfect party!


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