The Weekly 411 (8/26/22)

© Emily House

 August 26, 2022 vol. 34

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 Emily House.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Misty Wilson and her debut graphic novel, Play Like a Girl, illustrated by David Wilson (Balzer + Bray) out on September 27, 2022. Enter to win a copy!

art by David Wilson/ design by Dana Fritts

We are excited to feature author Sally Engelfried and her debut middle grade novel, Learning to Fall (Little Brown Books For Young Readers), out on September 6, 2022. Enter to win a copy!

art by Chris Danger

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Little Red and the Big Bad Editor, illustrated by Shanda McCloskey (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) out on September 6. Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Once upon a time, Little Red received a bold new cape from her Granny. She wrote her a thank you note, packed a basket of goodies, and walked through the meadow to Granny’s house. But swish swash SWOOP, the big bad wolf stops her in her tracks, opens his mouth wide, leans in close and…​

Sees the note.

Mr. Wolf can’t believe how sloppy the letter is—Red can’t give this to Granny! He corrects her grammar but misses out on his dinner while he’s distracted each time he encounters Red on the path. Can she keep outsmarting the Big Bad Editor and make it all the way to Granny’s house?

About the Author:  Rebecca Kraft Rector is a retired librarian and the author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books for children. Her cats Ollie and Opal keep her company while she writes. When she isn’t writing and eating chocolate, she’s trying to keep deer out of her garden. Little Red and the Big Bad Editor is Rebecca’s second picture book. Visit Rebecca online at


About the Illustrator: Shanda (rhymes with panda) McCloskey comes from a whole family of different kinds of artists and entrepreneurs! She studied art in Atlanta and New York City. But before writing and illustrating kids books, she taught art to high-schoolers. Shanda now lives in Ball Ground, Georgia with her husband, daughters, and dog. She is also co-creator of the Author Visit Podcast and Author Visit Central. Shanda’s award-winning STEM-friendly picture books (DOLL-E 1.0 and T-BONE THE DRONE) have taken her to wonderful people and places!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Picture Books

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Favorite Picture Book Revision Tips

How to Write Funny Stories

Middle Grade

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Legal Resources for Creatives

Can You Copyright a Character or Book Title? How about Trademarking? 

Submissions: Agents & Editors

Should I Tell Agents I Worked With a Writing Coach or Freelance Editor?

How to Get a Literary Agent for Your Book

Should You Submit Your Work to Agents or Editors?

Sept. 15 #LatinxPitch
  • What: pitch your kid lit project 
  • Who: unagented and agented kid lit creators who self-identify as Latinx
  • Prize: interest from agents and editors

Path of the Storyteller A semester-long (16 week) , small group program taught by Maryrose Wood that offers deep, practical training in story structure, writing craft, and the mindset of a working, thriving writer. Includes a supportive community, personal mentoring, prompts and transcripts, and lifetime access to the course. Begins Sept 1, 2022, application deadline August 31.


  1. I enjoy word play and puns and laugh out loud humor in books. This picture book take on Little Red Riding Hood is so clever.

  2. I am so excited for this book! Fun concept!

  3. What a fun take on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story! I'd love to share this with students at my school.


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