The Weekly 411 (9/3/21)

© Loris Lora

 Sept. 3, 2021 vol. 36

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Loris Lora.


Author & Author-Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Xiran Jay Zhao and their debut young adult novel, IRON WIDOW (Penguin Teen Canada), a sci-fi re-imagining of China's only female emperor, Wu Zetian, coming out on Sept. 21. Enter to win a copy!

illustratorAshley Mackenzie/ designer Terri Nimmo

Today we are pleased to feature illustrator Loris Lora May Your Life be Delicious, written by Michael Genhart (Abrams Books September 14, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

Earlier this week, we featured illustrator Leila Nabih and her banner design for Kidlit411 for the month of September. Illustrators: our current banner design contest is open for submissions until October 15! Enter to win a copy of her book BEAR LOVES PEARS (2020), UK addresses only.

© Leila Nabih

Illustrated Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time, written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann (North South Books), coming out on Sept. 7! Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: When an inventive mouse misses the biggest cheese festival the world has ever seen, he’s determined to turn back the clock. But what is time, and can it be influenced? With the help of a mouse clockmaker, a lot of inventiveness, and the notes of a certain famous Swiss physicist he succeeds in traveling back in time. But when he misses his goal by eighty years, the only one who can help is an employee of the Swiss Patent Office, who turned our concept of space and time upside down.

From the creator of Lindbergh–The Tale of a Flying MouseMoletownArmstrong – The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon, and Edison – The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure comes Einstein. Torben Kuhlmann, in his fourth mouse adventure, explores the question: Suppose Albert Einstein’s famous theories first came into being through an encounter with a little mouse.

New adventures await on our new Einstein website!

About the Author:   Torben Kuhlmann was born in Germany in 1982. Highly creative as a young child, Torben was recognized as early as kindergarten for being a gifted draftsman. He was captivated by small airplanes, strange machines, and steaming trains; these elements made their way into his drawings. He studied illustration and design at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences. His preferred media are pen and watercolor. He also works with acrylics, oil paints, and digital programs. He works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg. His books Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, Moletown, and Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon quickly became best sellers and owe their inventiveness to Torben’s great enthusiasm for unusual mechanical inventions. Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, his fourth picture book for NorthSouth Books, was chosen as a 2019 Batchelder Honor.

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Middle Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of Spooked by a Suspicion, by Risa Nyman (Immortal Works), out on August 17. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

cover © Ashley Literski

About the Book: About to transition to high school, Rocky is shocked when his mother announces her intention to marry Ted, a devious man Rocky is convinced is evil. Determined to stop the marriage, Rocky plots with his girlfriend to expose Ted in an epic showdown. Rocky’s plans are thwarted when he’s accused of stealing from his chief rival in his summer program. He suspects Ted is framing him for the crime. Scared that no one will believe he didn’t do it, Rocky flees into the woods where he encounters a hermit with a tragic life story who urges Rocky to return to face the charges and prove his innocence.

Rocky must reclaim his own reputation, so he can continue to prosecute his case against Ted. 

About the Author: Born in Boston with the accent to prove it, Risa lived within five miles of that city for decades until a recent move to the neighboring Ocean State. For many years, Risa worked in a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting active participation in our democracy, with a special focus on voting and elections. Risa’s creative writing journey started when she retired. When not writing, Risa reads, exercises, or does therapeutic ironing (yes, there is such a thing).

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For Illustrators

Sept. 21 (enrollment opens Sept. 13-20) School of Visual Storytelling Children's Book Pro Illustration Course Join art instructors Will Terry, Jake Parker, and Lee White in a 10-week zoom class on illustrating children's books (also can be taken at your own pace). 

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

Sept 18 & 19 Picture Book Palooza The Picture Book Palooza is a writing conference and fundraiser all in one! Six fabulous panels, over 20 wonderful speakers, giveaways, handouts, worksheets, parties and 8 submission opportunities! Your ticket goes to help fund diversity+ scholarships for writers and illustrators at the Children's Book Academy. 

Marketing & Creating a Platform

5 Things I've Learned about DIY Book Marketing


Don't Over-explain "Default" Objects and Gestures 

Graphic Novels

The DeLuca Effect (Twitter thread)

Sept. 17-19 Illustrator Day: Graphic Novels  SCBWI SF/South presents a two-day conference on graphic novels with Raina Telgemeier and David Taylor as keynote speakers

Picture Books

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)


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