The Weekly 411 (10/15/21)

© Ariana Padron

 Oct. 15, 2021 vol. 42

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 Ariana Padron.

Picture Book & MG Giveaways

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book Over, Bear! Under, Where? by Julie Hedlund, illustrated by Michael Slack (Philomel 2021), coming out Nov. 9. Be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter below!

A clever story of wordplay and unexpected friendship, perfect for fans of 7 Ate 9 and Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.

Over and Under are friends enjoying a day at the park. They go on the swings (Over goes over Under) and the seesaw (Under is under Over). They meet a hot-dog dog (who joins them for a hot dog). And then they spot . . . a bear! (Unbearable!) But is he really the scary creature they assume he is? Join these pals as they discover that friendship underpins all. 


About the AuthorJulie Hedlund is an award-winning children's book author. Her titles include Over, Bear! Under, Where? (Philomel, 2021), My Love For You is the Sun (2014) and A Troop is a Group of Monkeys (2013), both published by Little Bahalia Publishing.


Julie is also the founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, which boasts more than 1,700 members. She is a co-founder of Picture Book Summit, an annual online conference, and the co-creator (with Emma Walton Hamilton) of The Complete Picture Book Submissions System. You can find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

About the Illustrator: Michael Slack is the super serious author-illustrator of many children’s books and other cool stuff for kids and adults. Contemporary art, animation, and modernist design inform his style, but it is humor, playfulness, and a love of quirky characters that are the heart of his illustration. When he is not working on book projects Michael like to paint, draw, and dabble in electronic music. Recently he's been enjoying making ceramic art figures. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We are pleased to host the giveaway of the middle grade book, Sydney A. Frankel's Summer Mix-Up by Danielle Joseph (Kar-ben/ Lerner Publications), out on Nov. 1. Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below.

About the BookSydney Frankel, soon to be a sixth-grader, is looking forward to a summer of fun with her best friend, Maggie. She figures she deserves some time to herself to do what she wants before her mom delivers Sydney's new sibling in just four months. Too bad Sydney's mom has other plans for her. Sydney's forced to take a summer course at the South Miami Community Center. She's allowed to take any class, except for what she really wants--a reading course. But when Maggie comes up with a switcheroo plan so that they can both take the classes they like, unexpected complications arise.

About the Author: Danielle Joseph was born in Cape Town, South Africa. The author of several young adult novels and picture books, she lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and a dog named Ringo. When not writing, she’s swimming, listening to music, or chasing after her dog! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Cyla Panin and her young adult novel, Stalking Shadows (Amulet Books, Sept. 2021). Enter to win a copy!

cover design by Hana Anouk Nakamura; illustrator Juliana Kolesova

We are excited to feature author Alex Perry and her debut middle-grade novel, Pig Hearted (Little Brown Books for Young Readers), out on Oct. 26, 2021! Enter to win a copy!


For Writers

How to Make Your Novel Un-put-down-able

How to Organize a Chapter 

Tips and Tricks to Fix Word Count Issues

Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

Middle Grade

7 Writing Mistakes that will Lose Your Teen Audience

15 Common Novel Writing Mistakes (Beginner Writers Beware!)

5 Common Writing Mistakes by Teen Writers

Submissions: Agents and Editors

Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

8 Reasons Why Your Manuscript May be Getting Rejections

17 Reasons Book Manuscripts Get Rejected by Publishers

Picture Books

So You Wrote a Picture Book, Now What? 


  1. Love the word play, OVER BEAR! UNDER WHERE? 😁

  2. Pig hearted! I'm intrigued already!!

  3. Over, Bear! Under, Where? Sounds so fun! I can't wait to read it!

  4. I can’t wait to read Julie Hedlund’s book! Thanks for introducing to all of these great-looking books!

  5. Looking forward to sharing Julie's book w/my kindergartners!

  6. Looking forward to checking out Over Bear! Under Where? It sounds like a hoot!

  7. Cyla, your book looks amazing! Would love to win it!

  8. Looks like some great books to look for!

  9. Over, Bear! Under, Where? sounds like my 3yo would enjoy. I can't wait to read it.

  10. Sydney A. Frankel's Summer Mix-Up sounds like such fun. Middle schoolers struggle with parents making decisions for them. They are sure to be able to connect to this book. I'd love to add a copy to my classroom bookshelves!

  11. So excited for Julie and her latest book, but all the books look interesting!

  12. I can't wait to read Julie's book! Congratulations to all!

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  14. Over, Bear! Under, Where? sounds hilarious! Kudos Julie:-)

  15. I just added these books to my Goodreads TBR and can't wait to read them.

  16. Looking forward to reading Julie's book and seeing Michael's illustrations.

  17. So excited for Over, Bear! Under, Where!
    Congrats to Julie and Michael!

  18. Over, Bear! Under, Where? looks like such a fun, and funny, new picture book. Can't wait to read it!

  19. Love seeing all the new books to be on the lookout for!

  20. Over Bear! Under Where? is so clever. Can't wait to share it with my little picture book buddies.

  21. This books looks very funny and entertaining.

  22. Julie, congrats on your new book! It looks like so much fun! Great cover! Yay!

  23. Congratulations, Danielle! What a fun concept! My grand will be a 5th grader heading into 6th this upcoming summer. Perfect for her!


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