The Weekly 411 (10/22/21)

© Susi Schaefer

Oct. 22, 2021 vol. 43

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 Susi Schaefer.

Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

We are excited to host a cover reveal of the picture book, Out of the Box by Pippa Chorley, illustrated by Danny Deeptown (Marshall Cavendish), coming out November 11. Be sure to enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below (open to US and UK)! (Watch the video, here!)

About the Book: When Sam receives an unexpected gift from her grandma, she soon finds herself having one of the best adventures of her life. Join Sam on a rocketing ride into space where she learns that 
with a little imagination, anything is possible.

About the author: Pippa Chorley grew up in a picturesque village in Cheshire, England surrounded by sheep. She spent her time inventing stories in her garden and creating magical worlds in the woods on their family dog walks. Pippa went on to study English Literature and Creative Writing at university in the UK where she wrote, read, studied, and wrote some more, and she has never stopped reading and writing since! Trained as a primary school teacher, she loves to write stories that make children giggle and think outside the box. Philippa now lives in sunny Singapore with her husband and their very own flock. 

About the illustrator: 
Danny Deeptown is a professional freelance illustrator living in South Wales, UK. Some might say he is an endangered species as he is not seen by many, but the truth is he is an elusive creature who is most often found in his studio drawing away for long periods of time with wildlife documentaries on in the background and his cat, Bernie, for company. Being obsessed with wildlife from a young age, Deeptown found his love of drawing through hours of copying scientific illustrations from books of animals and dinosaurs. Heavily influenced by classic book illustrations, Danny's love of ink & watercolor and eccentricity of line is very evident in his work. He has a real passion for good ol' drawing and whilst he is most happy working traditionally, his more recent works combine a mixture of traditional and digital media to add texture and vibrancy to gain originality. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Anne Renaud and her picture book, Gwendolyn's Pet Garden, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021) Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Nate Cernosek and his debut middle grade novel, The Hiddenseek (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

illustration by Pete Lloyd; cover design by Marikka Tamura

Marketing & Creating a Platform

Aiden Thomas's Book Launch Survival Guide

4 Tips to Market Children's Books, According to a Bestselling Author

How to promote a children’s book: a primer

Submissions: Agents & Editors

What I Learned About Writing from Being an Editor

Should You Submit Your Work to Agents or Editors?

For Writers 

How to Write a Children’s Book in 12 Steps (From an Editor) 

5 Tips for Sharing Your Writing for the First Time


  1. "Out Of the Box" sounds like a wonderful story about imagination, and the critters in that book are really nifty--what a great cover!

  2. Fantastic cover illustration for Out of the Box! Looking forward to reading it!

  3. Gwendolyn's Pet Garden looks so sweet and a unique way for kids to see a garden and plants as a sort of "pet" to take care of and give love to!


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