The Weekly 411 (2/11/22)


© Anne Appert

Feb. 11, 2022 vol. 6

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 Anne Appert.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Lisa Riddiough and her recent picture book debut, Letters to Live By: An Alphabet Book with Intention, illustrated by Asa Gilland (Running Press Kids 2022). Her middle grade debut, Elvis and the World as It Stands (Amulet Books, 2021) came out last year. Enter to win a copy of both Letters to Live By and Elvis and the World as It Stands.

We are excited to feature author Erik J. Brown and his debut young adult novel, All That's Left in the World (Balzer+Bray March 8, 2022)Enter to win a copy!

US cover Designer: Chris Kwon, 
Illustrator: Na Yeon Kim

Picture Book Giveaway

We're pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Piano, by Chair Smith, illustrated by Elle Smith (Black Rose Writing, Feb. 3,2022). Enter to win a copy!

About the book: The friendly piano is thrilled when a young musician named Katie first presses its keys. As Katie and the piano become daily companions, her musical skills grow and grow. Together they play beautiful music to match her every mood. But when Katie moves away for college, the piano is left behind, untouched and silent. What happens next helps the piano—and young readers—see learning as a never-ending cycle and music as a life-long source of joy.


About the Author and Illustrator: Chari and her daughter Elle teamed up to create this book. Chari is a songwriter, pianist, playwright, Mom and devoted yogi. Learn more at Elle is an award-winning artist, enjoys writing music, cooking, and dancing. They live in Portland, Oregon, and enjoy spending time with family.

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For Writers

Use Telling Details to Connect Description to Character

The Four Doorways Into Story and How to Use Them to Create a Bestselling Novel

Marketing & Creating a Platform

Understanding the Differences Between Your Publicity and Marketing Teams

Poetry and Rhyme

Icing the Cake: Writing Stories in Rhythm and Rhyme

The Donkey's Song is a Picture Book in Rhyme + Frances Gilbert's Notes about Rhyming Picture Books

Critique Groups

Supportive Groups (may include critiques, but not necessary)

YA Writers Hub - creating new small groups of YA writers

Middle Grade Hub - groups of MG writers who band together in smaller support groups


  1. Love the art by Anne.
    The Piano sounds wonderful. Our piano was sadly neglected before we moved away. I love piano music. I cannot play piano music well. I’m ok with being the audience. 😊

  2. The artwork by Anne Appert is stunning. I can't wait to get my hands on these books!

  3. Wonderful! Congrats, fellow west coast writer and illustrator!

  4. Oh this sounds amazing! I recently was given the piano I grew up learning to play on. It was the same piano my mother learned on as well. I love that music and tradition just goes hand in hand. Can't wait to read this!

  5. Congratulations to the talented mom and daughter team to create a heartwarming picture book.

  6. These books both seem fantastic!

  7. I learned piano as a child and have played most of my life--until recent year when I've been too darn busy! I would love a copy of THE PIANO to recall this important part of my life and re-inspire me to resume my playing. Thanks!

  8. I love a piano, and I'm so happy to see this book. I can't wait to read it!

  9. This sounds like a book my granddaughter will enjoy. She has started taking piano lessons recently.

  10. I'm trying to get my kids to play piano so this would be a great read :)

  11. This friendship between a child and a piano is wonderful.

  12. Fellow Portlander here! The Piano sounds so sweet, and I can't wait to read it. Love that it's a special relationship and bond between a girl and her piano.


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