The Weekly 411 (6/2/23)


© Yevgenia Nayberg

June 2, 2023 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 Yevgenia Nayberg.

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, The Not-so-Perfect Plan by Christina Matula (Inkyard Press 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art © Yao Xiao

About the Book: Holly-Mei is back in the sequel to The Not-So-Uniform-Life of Holly-Mei, where she faces yet another challenge as her friend group begins to splinter. Determined to keep the group together, Holly-Mei convinces them to compete as a team in an inter-school tournament, but her obsession with winning only drives them further away. 

About the Author: Christina Matula grew up in Ottawa, Canada. Being a child of immigrant parents, she has always been curious about other cultures and far-off places. Dumplings are her favorite food, especially her mother’s savory Taiwanese jiaozi and her father’s sweet Hungarian gomboc. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Hong Kong and now lives in Finland with her husband, two children, and puppy. Learn more at

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Moonlight Memories, by Amanda Davis, illustrated by Michelle Jing Chan (Hachette Group/ Worthy Kids), coming out on June 13. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Discover how a young girl gains healing and hope as she processes the loss of a loved one in this beautifully sensitive story.

About the Author: Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. Amanda is the author of the award-winning picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 FlagMoonlight Memories and a yet to be announced forthcoming title. She also has poetry and illustrations featured in The Writers’ Loft Anthology: Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. Amanda has over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and was selected as Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her family and her rescue pup, Cora. You can learn more about Amanda at and on Twitter @amandadavisart and Instagram @amandadavis_art.

About the Illustrator: Michelle Jing Chan is a queer Chinese American artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by nature, cultural folklore, and fantasy, Michelle captures the magic in everyday moments to create immersive, whimsical worlds. Her dream is to illustrate diverse, empowering stories that her younger self would have loved. When not drawing, Michelle can be found attempting TikTok recipes, playing flute or piano, curling up with a new book, or binge-watching spooky TV shows.

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For Writers

How to Write Sharp Action Scenes 

How to Choose Your Story's Plot Points

The Four Main Types of Epic Antagonists

Conquering Your First Draft

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Indie Publishing

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Inspirational Things

How to Manage a Difficult Book

How to Level Up Our Writing


  1. So excited for The Not-so-Perfect Plan by Christina Matula!!!!

  2. I am so excited for Moonlight Memories! Thanks for sharing it's almost out!

  3. Both of these are going on my TBR. Thank you for the chance!

  4. Moonlight Memories looks enchanting!

  5. Thank you so much for this chance to win a copy of Moonlight Memories!!

  6. I would love to share this wonderful story with my students!

  7. WOW! Moonlight Memories has such a beautiful cover and looks like such an amazing story.

  8. Beautiful books!! I am so excited to read MOONLIGHT MEMORIES, it looks so gorgeous and heartfelt!


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