The Weekly 411 (11/10/23)


© Margie Yoder

Nov. 10, 2023 vol. 45

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 Margie Yoder.

Publishing News/Opinions

Is Traditional Fiction Publishing Broken?

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Dim Sum Palace by X.Fang (Tundra Books), out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Liddy is so excited about going to the Dim Sum Palace tomorrow with her family that she can't sleep. So when a delicious smell wafts into her room, she hops out of bed, opens her door and steps into . . . an actual palace of dim sum! There are dumplings, baos, buns and more delicious treats than one girl can possibly eat. Liddy just has to take a bite, but she slips and falls . . . into a bowl of dumpling filling. The chefs are so busy rolling, folding and pinching dough that they don't notice they've prepared a most unusual dumpling for the Empress — a Liddy dumpling! Worst of all, she looks good enough to eat . . .

About the Author-Illustrator: X. Fang, who also goes by Susan, is a visual artist and maker of books for young readers. She exhibits her art throughout the U.S. and internationally and has worked professionally as a graphic designer and art director for film and television studios. Born in Taichung, Taiwan, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she now lives in rural Maine with her husband and their dog, Pamela. Dim Sum Palace is X. Fang's first picture book.

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Desert Queen, by Jyoti Rajan Gobal, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli (Levine Querido 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below! 

About the Book: This picture book biography in verse follows the life of beloved Rajasthani drag performer Queen Harish, known as the Whirling Desert Queen of Rajasthan. Lit by an inner fire and propelled by a family tragedy, Harish defied the gender conventions of middle class Indian life, battled discrimination and intimidation, and eventually grew up to dance with Bollywood movie stars and on stages across the world.


About the Author: Jyoti Rajan Gopal is a writer, mom and teacher (Kindergarten has her heart. Forever.) Growing up, she lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India and China. She now lives in the United States in a quirky old Victorian. Her favorite place in the house is the wrap around porch where she loves to gather with family or friends, read, write and drink coffee.

Jyoti writes stories that speak to her heart, that reflect her multiple identities, that she wishes her daughters had growing up, that she wishes her students had now.


About the Illustrator: Svabhu Kohli is a visual storyteller. His practice focuses on the intersection of magical realism, conservation and art as a medium to understand our relationship with the universe and its complex life forms. He has illustrated for Google Doodle, The Guardian and GQ. Desert Queen is his first book for children. 

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For Writers

How to Write a Ghost Story

Writing Challenges

NaNo Prep 101

Poetry and Rhyme

Mentor Programs

  • What: a 3-month mentorship with an agented picture book author or agent
  • Who: un-agented picture book authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators, plus agented PB creators without book deals
  • WhenApply to be a Rising Star Mentor (Jan. 16 deadline); apply for mentorship March 18-April 24

Submissions: Agents and Editors

Why Are There So Many Editors?

Inspirational Things

Believe in Your Unique Creative Voice


  1. As always the Weekly 411 is filled with valuable information about kidlit.

    Thank you Sylvia and Elaine.

    Suzy Leopold

  2. I would love to add Dim Sum Palace to my classroom library! Wouldn't it be fun to let the students munch on Dim Sum while listening to the read aloud?

  3. Desert Queen feels like such an important book. Our children (and the big people too) need to see all the beautiful people represented in books.

  4. I enjoy reading books that feature new cultures for me. I'm excited to read both of these books.

  5. These picture books look so amazing!! I can't wait to read them both!!

  6. Books look interesting! Looking forward!


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