The Weekly 411 (12/22/23)
|© Roberta Raimondi
Dec. 22, 2023 vol. 51
|cover art © Rebecca Chan
About the Book: A smart, funny, and heartfelt middle grade novel about Lily Hong’s attempts to save her parents’ Chinese school and the town’s community center using all the resources she has—devoted friends, ingenuity, a passion for filmmaking, mediocre dance moves (at best), and perhaps even her archnemesis.
About the Author: Diana Ma is a Chinese American author who writes young adult and middle grade books that feature Asian American heroes. She was a 2019 We Need Diverse Books mentee with Swati Avasthi and a 2021 Highlights Foundation Muslim Storytellers Fellow. Diana teaches at a community college in Seattle, and her belief that diverse books make a better world is what drives her teaching and writing. More information about Diana can be found at dianamaauthor.com.
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Picture Book Giveaway
We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Fire Flight: A Wildfire Escape, by Cedar Pruitt, illustrated by Chiara Fedele (Capstone Editions), out on Jan. 1, 2024. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!
About the Book: Flames consume a forest, and an owl seeks refuge. Helicopter wings chop, and water drops to drench the branches below. Using spare, lyrical language, this debut picture book takes readers inside the journey of a screech owl that fled the flames to ride along with a firefighting helicopter during the 2020 California Creek wildfire. Vivid imagery highlights the fear and danger of the experience--as well as an astonishing moment of connection.
About the Author: When Cedar isn’t writing, she works as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) facilitator for universities and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and lives with her family in Massachusetts.
Cedar is passionate about poetry, humor, art, and making new discoveries. As a child, she couldn’t wait to write children’s books, and began writing poems in second grade. Her first job, at 16, was selling children’s books at Once Upon a Time Books and Toys in Rochester, NY, and her spare time was spent at poetry readings.
She advocates for marginalized voices, as well as parks and urban green spaces. Her happiest place is in the woods with her family.
About the Illustrator: Chiara Fedele, the illustrator, live in a little village 50 km far from Milan where she lives with her family and her pets. She attended Art School in Milan and took a degree in Illustration at La Scuola del Fumetto in Milan. She's worked as a freelance illustrator since 2004 for Italian and international publishers. Her illustrations are published in many countries around the world. Awards: Premio Cento 2008 Silver Medal by the Association of Jewish Libraries for the Sydney Taylor Award 2018 3x3 International Illustration award merit 2019 Selected by Society of Illustrator New York exhibition 2021/2023 She is currently represented by illustration Agency ASTOUND.US.
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Picture Book Study Hall Join a month-long online critique group for writers of picture books, which provides manuscript critiques, weekly talks, and daily motivation and accountability under the guidance of Marcie Colleen, a professional, multi-published author.
Jan. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. CST Basics and Beyond: Writing Picture Books with Agent Heather Cashman All genres can benefit from the insights and the opportunities within this webinar, but this is an essential for picture book writers! Heather is a Literary Agent at Storm Literary Agency and although she is closed to the general public, she will be open to queries from all attendees. She is also offering 20 picture book critiques, so make sure to sign up for one of those spots.