The Weekly 411 (5/27/22)

© Alice Carter


May 27, 2022 vol. 21

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 Alice Carter.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Erik Jon Slangerup and his debut middle grade novel, Molly and the Machine  (Aladdin/ Simon & Shuster), out on June 7. Enter to win a copy! 

cover art by Oriol Vidal/ design by Laura Lyn DiSiena

We are excited to feature Karina Yan Glaser and her recent middle grade novel, A Duet for Home (Clarion Books, 2022). Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Felicia Chen/ design by Celeste Knudsen

We are excited to feature author Sarah Bagley Steele and her debut picture book, The Happiest Kid, illustrated by Elsa Pui Si Lo and Clarice Yunyi Cai (Yeehoo Press, 2022). Enter to win a copy! 

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Fishing with Grandpa and Skye, by Candace Spizziri, illustrated by Beverly Love Warren (Clear Fork Publishing, 2022). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the book: Days on the lake are a Skye and Grandpa thing. They load up their tackle box, hop aboard their skiff, and chug out to their favorite fishing spot. Today, the sun is shining, the fish are jumping, but will Skye hook a big one? Fishing with Grandpa and Skye explores the rewards of patience and celebrates the love between generations.

About the author: Candace Spizzirri grew up in a small town in New Jersey with tree-lined streets and old Victorian houses. As a child, she spent hours playing in the park, catching minnows in a nearby stream, and exploring the woods at the end of her street. Passionate about education, she is a co-founder of an elementary school and high school in Southern California where she now makes her home. Candace loves spending time with her husband, two children, daughter-in-law, and four grandkids. FISHING WITH GRANDPA AND SKYE is her debut picture book. Follow Candace at

About the illustrator: Beverly Love Warren is the illustrator of My Child My Princess and Have You Seen Mouse, which she also authored. Having graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she studied illustration, she now makes her home in Washington state where she lives with her husband. When she is not with brush and paint in hand you can find her writing stories, hiking, at church, or enjoying time spent with her three children and six grandchildren.

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For Writers

Losing the Plot: Writing By the Seat of Your Pants

Overused Words You Should and Shouldn't Delete

Guidelines for Word Count 

What is a Character Arc?

Contests & Awards

  • What: apply for a grant for your WIP
  • Who: someone who has published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics, but has not generated significant sales
  • Award: $5000 

Picture Books

Favorite Picture Book Revision Tips

Adding Humor to Children's Stories

Writing Picture Books

Picture Books That Show Character Change 

Inspirational Things

The Creativity of Emotions


  1. Both of my sons are very close with their grandfather. He taught them to fish at a young age. At ages 22 and 25, my sons credit their love for the outdoors and fly fishing to Grampie. I can't wait to read this book.

  2. Happy to hear about these new books, especially FISHING WITH GRANDPA AND SKYE.

  3. I enjoy reading about intergenerational relationships because I live vicariously through them. Thank you for the chance!

  4. Intergenerational stories are so important for kids and parents can appreciate them, too. Looking forward to reading FISHING WITH GRANDPA AND SKYE!


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