The Weekly 411 (1/14/22)


© Ioana Hobai

Jan. 14, 2022 vol. 2

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 Ioana Hobai.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Heather Clark and her debut middle grade novel, Lemon Drop Falls (Jolly Fish Press), coming out on Feb. 15. Enter to win a copy! (also check out the swag you can get if you pre-order her book)

cover illustration by dirclumsey, design by Jake Slavik

We are excited to feature author Becky Scharnhorst and her picture book, My School Stinks, illustrated by Julia Patton (Philomel Books 2021) and This Field Trip Stinks – also illustrated by Julia Patton – Flamingo Books (August 2022) Enter to win a copy of THIS SCHOOL STINKS! Also, check out the cover reveal for This Field Trip Stinks!


We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade book, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, by Joanne Levy (Orca Book Publishing, 2021). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover design by Rachel Paige

About the Book: Evie Walman is not obsessed with death. She does think about it a lot, though, but only because her family runs a Jewish funeral home. At twelve, Evie already knows she’s going to be a funeral director when she grows up. So what if the kids at school call her “corpse girl” and say she smells like death? They’re just mean and don’t get how important it is to have someone take care of things when your world is falling apart. Evie loves dusting caskets, polishing pews, and vacuuming the chapel―and on funeral days, she dresses up and hands out tissues and offers her condolences to mourners. She doesn’t normally help her parents with the grieving families directly, until one day when they ask her to help with Oren, a boy who was in a horrific car accident that killed both his parents. Oren refuses to speak and Evie, who is nursing her own private grief, is determined to find a way to help him deal with his loss.

About the AuthorSince she left the corporate world in 2013, Joanne Levy makes up stuff for a living. She also spends her non-writing working hours helping other authors with their administrative needs as a virtual author assistant. In her spare time (ha!) Joanne stabs wool with special needles to make fun and weird creatures. Joanne lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband and kids of the furred and feathered variety. Contact her through her website:

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For Writers

Story Theory and the Quest for Meaning

Critique Groups

How to Avoid Overcorrecting After Receiving Feedback

Young Adult

YA is Leading the Way

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

May 20-22 Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop at Cape Cod Join small, intensive writing workshops with two industry professionals organized by Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Larger panel discussions  with agents and editors also included. (Cape Cod, MA)

May 22-28 Master Skills Workshop with Esteemed Editor Patti Gauch and Noted Author Gary D. SchmidtJoin other children’s literature authors for a week designed to help you dive deep into your craft and take your writing to the next level. The week includes four master lectures, four writing prompt sessions, four one-on-one meetings with the instructors, critiques, and more. In person session is full, online registration available.

Writing Courses

Writing Barn - online classes for a variety of age groups, PB to YA

The Muse Writers Center - online classes for writers, scriptwriters, songwriters, more

Gotham Writers - online craft classes in fiction and nonfiction, all age categories and genres

Indie Publishing

Fonts Knowledge (Google resource)

Inspirational Things

How to Get Your Writing Done When New Year's Resolutions Don't Work (and They Usually Don't)


  1. Wow to this premise! thank you for the chance to win a copy of this emotional book on my TBR.

  2. My friend grew up in a funeral home. I would love to share this with her so she can share it with her family.

  3. Looking forward to reading This School Stinks! & This Field Trip Stinks!

  4. I've heard great things about Lemon Drop Falls! Can't wait to read it!

  5. All of the books sound amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I would love to share this book with my students and add it to our classroom library

  7. Joanne, your book sounds like a great read! Such an important premise. I'd love to read it. My husband is in the funeral business himself and this is close to home. Congratulations!

    Ioana, LOVE the banner!

  8. Your book sounds like a lot of fun! Anxious to read it.


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