The Weekly 411 (1/28/22)

© Jami Gigot

Jan. 28, 2022 vol. 4

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 and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Jami Gigot.

Kidlit News

The American Library Association held its annual Youth Media Awards on January 24 to award excellent children and YA books. Check out the list of winners which include The Last Cuentista, by Donna Barbra Higuera (the Newbery Award) and Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin, written by Andrea Wang (the Caldecott Award).

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Lisa Stringfellow and her middle grade debut, A Comb of Wishes (HarperCollins/ Quill Tree Books), coming out on Feb. 8. Enter to win a copy!

cover art © Michael Machira Mwangi

We are excited to feature author Vanessa Len and her young adult novel, Only a Monster (Harper Teen) coming out on February 22nd.  Enter to win a copy!

Illustrator: Eevien Tan 
Designer: Jessie Gang

We are excited to feature author Troy Wilson and his newest picture book, Hat Cat, illustrated by Eve Coy (Candlewick) coming out on February 22nd. 
Enter to win a copy!

Picture Books

Ten Top Picture Book Writing Tips

Submissions: Agents & Editors 

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book 

How to Get a Literary Agent for Your Book 

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

The Complete Guide to Query Letters

How to Find an Editor

Middle Grade

 The In-Betweeners: Bridging the gap between middle grade and YA

Navigating Middle Grade Books

Writing Courses

Feb. 8 Write. Submit. Support. Free Info and Inspiration Session.  Join a live Zoom session with authors and agents to inspire you on your writing journey.


  1. Hat Cat sounds so sweet and heartfelt!! I can't wait to read it!


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