The Weekly 411 (10/7/22)


© Kelly Mangan

Oct. 6, 2022 vol. 40

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 Kelly Mangan.

Author Spotlights

We're excited to feature author Maya Prasad and her debut young adult novel, Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things   (Disney-Hyperion) out on October 18Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Chaya Prabhat, design by Marci Senders

We're excited to feature author Suma Subramaniam's picture book, She Sang for India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change,  illustrated by Shreya Gupta (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR) (November 8, 2022)Enter to win a copy!

Special Multi-Book Giveaway

We are happy to host a multi-book giveaway by a group of authors known as The Mighty Middle Grade authors, with 30+ books between them. They are available for visits to schools, libraries, and more. Follow them on twitter at @MightyMGAuthors. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below or in the linked giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For Writers

How to Reveal a Character's Internal Conflict

How to Pull Off a Plot Twist

How to Write Character Arcs

Character Development: 12 Steps, Arcs, & Guides

Call for Author and Illustrator Volunteers for World Read Aloud Day

Oct. 7 #CookiePitch
  • What: a fake Twitter pitch day; pitch your silly, inappropriate kid lit stories for fun and mayhem
  • Who: anyone
  • Prize: the most like pitch gets a cookie; internet acclaim
Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

Last day to register: 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


  1. Great advice for writers. The Conflict Thesaurus is one I don’t have. And the Middle Grade Giveaway is too good to not enter. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for the chance to win a fabulous book!

  3. Signed up for World Read Aloud day!

  4. The bundle of MG books looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fabulous bundle of books!

  6. Lots of wonderful stuff here tody. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  7. Wow, what an amazing opportunity to win such an eclectic assortment of books!


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