The Weekly 411 (6/3/22)


© Polina Poluektova

June 3, 2022 vol. 22

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 Polina Poluektova.

Author Spotlights

Happy Pride Month! To celebrate, we are excited to feature nine LGBTQ+ picture book authors with recent picture books: Eric Rosswood, Jonathan Hillman, Joanna McClintick, Eric Geron, Charlotte Sullivan Wild, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Mark Ceilley, Sharon Prager, and Rosiee Thor. Enter to win a copy of one of their books!

We are excited to feature author Cynthia Harmony and her picture book, Mi Ciudad Sings, illustrated by Teresa Martínez (Penguin Workshop), out on June 24. Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Becky Dean and her debut young adult novel, Love & Other Great Expectations (Delacorte Press), out on June 14. Enter to win a signed copy!

Cover: Designer Ray Shappell and artist Libby Vanderploeg

Illustrator Spotlight

We are excited to feature illustrator Polina Poluektova and her Kidlit411 banner design. She placed honorable mention in our recent Kidlit411 banner contest

© Polina Poluektova

PBRisingStars Mentorship

The PBRisingStars Mentorship pairs up-and-coming mentors with up-and-coming mentees for a low-stakes, high-quality mentorship experience. Our mentors are each agented, have 30+ book deals between them, and are ready to give back! Mentees that are selected will get manuscript feedback, help to navigate the publishing world, and exclusive workshops with industry professionals. This is more than a manuscript critique, the mentors really want to share the knowledge and strategies that helped them get to where they are!You can check out the mentor listeligibility requirements, and application questions at our websiteTake note of these important dates:
  • June 2- LIVE #PBRisingStars MENTOR Q&A and chat on Twitter (@ebonylynnmuddat 8:00pm Eastern
  • June 11 - MENTEE APPLICATIONS CLOSE at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)
  • July 1 - MENTEE ANNOUNCEMENT via the website and Twitter (@ebonylynnmudd and @pewkailei)
  • July 5 - September 30 - THE RISING STARS MENTORSHIP

Are Your Words Working Hard Enough?

11 Secrets to Writing an Effective Character Description

Contests & Awards

  • What: submit a short story under 750 words about a person or animal not noticed or praised for hard work, courage, or great achievements
  • Who: writers 8-11 and 12-16 years old
  • Prizes: cash (AUD) prizes plus story in print 

Kate Brauning

Writing Courses

Rosie Pova Writing Workshops (includes Writing for Children: Ideas to SubmissionPicture Book Mastery Mentorship)

Monster List of Picture Book Agents (updated January 2022)

Picture Books

Ways to Make The Reader Turn the Page

Twenty Tips for Writing Picture Books

Marketing and Creating a Platform

@PB_2023 - authors and illustrators with picture books launching in 2023