The Weekly 411 (1/20/23)

© Veronica Mang

 Jan. 20, 2023 vol. 3

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 Veronica Mang.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Treasure Hunt, by Stephanie Wildman, illustrated by Estefania Razo, translated into Spanish as Búsqueda del Tesoro by Cecilia Pópulus-Eudave (Lawley Publishing,  2022; Spanish version (March 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.



About the Book: In this light-hearted story, twins Flor and Roberto scamper through their house, hunting for treasure hidden by big brother, Luis. Can these everyday objects really be treasures that offer more fun than video games or TV? Join Flor and Roberto on their search and discover what fun Luis creates with a gigantic cardboard box. Bonus content provides direction for creating your own at-home fun!


About the Author: Stephanie Wildman served as John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Chair at Santa Clara Law and directed the school’s Center for Social Justice and Public Service before becoming Professor Emerita. Her books include Brave in the Water, illustrated by Jenni Feidler-Aguilar, 2021; translated into Spanish as Valiente en el Agua by Cecilia Populus-Eudave; Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America 2d (2021) (with contributions by Margalynne Armstrong, Adrienne Davis, and Trina Grillo); Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America 3d (with Richard Delgado, Angela Harris, Juan Perea, and Jean Stefancic) (2015); Social Justice: Professionals Communities and Law (with Martha Mahoney and John Calmore) (2013); Women and the Law Stories (with Elizabeth Schneider) (2011). She is a member of the Writers Grotto and loves to plan treasure hunts for her grandchildren.


About the Illustrator: Estefania Razo has a Bachelor of Graphic Design degree from the University of Guadalajara. She is passionate about illustration, books, and art in general. During her free time she enjoys reading children’s books with her nieces and watching movies accompanied by her cats.

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Chapter Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the chapter book, Bella & Blue: Bella Meets Blue, written and illustrated by Berrie Torgan-Randall (Blue Bronco Books 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Eight year old Bella has anxiety. Small things aren't too small for Bella. But with the help of her colorful dog, Blue, and her grandma, Gigi, who has a flair for all things French and over the top hats, Bella can handle everyday's twists and turns. Blue is the companion children dream of having. He's the therapy dog that plays paddy-cake to calm Bella's nerves and take away her blues.


About the Author-Illustrator: Berrie has been passionate about children's literature since she was a little girl, and has fed her desire by becoming a children's librarian and by pursuing a career as an illustrator and writer of children's books. Berrie's illustrations have appeared in Ladybug Magazine. Berrie is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Eastern PA SCBWI. Berrie is an active contributor to the Eastern PA SCBWI blog. Bella & Blue is Berrie's debut children's book.


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Kidlit Hive The Kidlit Hive is committed to equipping creators with the resources necessary to not only survive but thrive in the publishing industry. Our carefully curated lineup of high quality, affordable events featuring top-tier industry guests merges craft with market knowledge so that our community gets first-hand intel on the business side of things. We welcome creators of all experience levels, formats, and genres, including both writers and illustrators. In a field otherwise riddled with rejection, we support those passionate about children’s literature. Let the Kidlit Hive take the sting out of your publishing journey!

Begins Feb. 1 (6 sessions)  Writing the Graphic Novel: TheKidlit Hive's 2023 program will kick off with this course taught by comic writer Daniel Mauleón. In this beginner-intermediate six-week course, you’ll learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of first-time comic writers and begin to explore the secrets to compelling comic storytelling. We'll tackle outlining, thumbnailing, and scripting through lecture and in-class exercises. There will be the opportunity to receive feedback during class session as well purchase an in-depth critique package upon completion of the course. 

Feb. 2, 7-8 p.m. ET Journey Through Acquisitions The Kidlit Hive's webinar hosts a panel of five acquiring editors from Disney-Hyperion, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster. The panel will peel back the curtains on the acquisitions process, both in general and at their specific houses/imprints. Those who register will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions during a 30-minute moderated Q&A. *This event will be recorded. It does not include a critique or submission opportunity.

Jan. 26 #Kidlitpit
  • What: a Twitter pitch event for kid lit creators
  • Prize: agent or editor interest
Feb. 16m 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST #PBPitch
  • What: a Twitter pitch event for picture book creators
  • Prize: agent or editor interest

  • What:  a year long mentorship program with experienced agents to increase the promotion and retention of people in the business from historically underrepresented groups; also a summer fellowship program for college students
  • When to apply: Feb. 1 deadline for Mentorship program; March 1 for summer fellowship


  1. Can't wait to read The Treasure Hunt! Sounds delightful

  2. Both of these books will be fun to read and study as mentor text.

  3. I’d love to win either of these fabulous books. Fingers crossed!🤞

  4. This sounds adorable. Love the cover!

  5. Both of these look wonderful!

  6. Can't wait to read these!


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