The Weekly 411 (7/29/22)


© Åsa Gilland

July 29, 2022 vol. 30

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 Åsa Gilland.

Author & Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature illustrator Åsa Gilland and her recent picture book, A Grandma's, written by Charlotte Offsay (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, April 2022). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Erika Lewis and her debut middle grade novel, Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts (Starscape March 2022). Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Yuta Onada

Chapter Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the chapter book, Lenox Takes Flight, by 'Iolani L. Bullock (New Degree Press 2021).

About the Book: Lenox is an imaginative kid who loves airplanes and dreams of the day he will get to board one. When his parents announce that the family is taking a trip overseas, he learns that his great grandad was a Tuskegee Airman who earned pilot wings. He cannot wait to board his first flight and get a pair of his own, until the excitement causes him to lose his passport in the airport. He and his little sister Teagan set out on an adventure to find it before their flight takes off.

About the Author: 'Iolani L. Bullock is a Bronx native who caught the travel bug at a young age. As a global recruiter, 'Iolani has been lucky to have a career that fed her love of travel and desire to experience other cultures. A diversity, equity and inclusion professional by day and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts from New York University and her MBA from Georgetown University. In her spare time, 'Iolani is always looking for another great adventure to share with her family, experimenting with various spices collected from her travels and keeping up with her two children. She believes that our differences are what make us special and that all children deserve to see themselves at the center of a story.

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For Writers

The Building Blocks of Scene

Don't Build Scenes Around the Information You Think You Need to Impart


Aug. 1, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET #Divpit
  • What: pitch your PB, MG, or YA fiction/nonfiction
  • Who: un-agented, self-identifying historically marginalized authors & illustrators
  • Prize: invitations from agents & editors to submit your work

Oct. 8 Picture Book Summit: The Write Stuff: Creating Picture Books that Are Out of this World Join this one-day virtual conference with superstar speakers, innovative workshops on the craft of writing picture books, agent and editor submission opportunities, seven hours of picture book insight and instruction, a private Facebook group just for attendees, replays through January 31, 2023. Pricing options to fit your budget

Nov. 4-6 Champagne and Cupcakes: Women's Picture Book Writing Retreat Join award-winning picture book author Rosie J. Pova and special guest Jackie Kruzie for a 2-day transformational experience for women picture book writers that will inspire you, help you advance your craft, provide feedback to help you revise your projects, give you insight into the publishing business, and so much more! This will be a weekend full of workshops, writing sessions, revisions and implementation, networking, support, plus fun, food, and plenty of fabulous surprises! (Dallas, TX)

Inspirational Things

Advice for Young Writers & Illustrators from Children's Book Creators

Anxiety and Sharing

Diagnosing Writer's Block: Symptoms, Remedies, and Prevention


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