The Weekly 411 (12/8/23)

© Robin Hann-León

 Dec. 8, 2023 vol. 49

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 Robin Hann-León.

Picture Book Giveaway

We're pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Sugar Plum Bakers: A Tale of 12 Holiday Treats, by Patricia Tanumihardja, illustrated by Bonnie Lui (Hyperion 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: What’s a holiday without holiday treats? In this magical new picture book, kids follow the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Gingerbread Man, and their team of bakerinas as they create delicious goodies from around the world—and discover that the real magic is teamwork. “With a pinch of hope and a dash of zing, we can do anything!” The bakerinas are hard at work creating holiday goodies for kids around the world when a blizzard whips up trouble. Will the bakerinas deliver their treats in time?

About the Author:  Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, Patricia (Pat) Tanumihardja writes fun, heartwarming stories that often reflect her experiences growing up in Southeast Asia. Pat’s Chinese Indonesian parents encouraged her appetites for both delicious foods and good books, resulting in a writing career that spans both cookbooks and children’s books. She is the author of Ramen for Everyone, an indie bookstore favorite and a JLG Gold Selection. Pat lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son. You can find her on Instagram/X/Threads: @ediblewords and online:

About the Illustrator:  Bonnie Lui is an illustrator and storyteller who loves to play. Her work can be found in books, games and television. She is always looking for ways to create fun in all forms of media for everyone to enjoy. Besides making art, Bonnie also enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. Bonnie lives in Los Angeles where it is over 75°F and sunny everyday.


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Picture Book Giveaway

We're pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Grief is an Elephant, by Tamara Ellis Smith, illustrated by Nancy Whitesides (Chronicle Books 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.


About the Book: An imaginative and heartfelt book that reminds us that there is no loss without love. When Grief first arrives, it is like an elephant-so big that there is hardly room for anything else. But over time, Grief can become smaller and smaller-first a deer, then a fox, a mouse, and finally a flickering firefly in the darkness leading us down a path of loving remembrance.This lyrical work is an empathetic and comforting balm for anyone who is experiencing grief, be it grieving the loss of a loved one or losses in the world around us.

About the Author: Tamara Ellis Smith is the author of Here and There (Barefoot Books, 2019) and Another Kind of Hurricane (Schwartz & Wade, 2015). She lives in Vermont with her family. When she’s not writing books for children, Tamara can often be found trail running on a river trail with her friends and dogs. She also hangs out on Instagram @tamaraellissmith and Pinterest @tamaras0259, and her website is

About the Illustrator: Nancy Whitesides is an author and self-taught illustrator born and raised in the Philippines, and later moved to the US. Her illustration debut, Grief is an Elephant, was accepted into the prestigious Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Nancy also illustrated Small Things Mended with Rocky Pond Books forthcoming Spring 2024. Nancy's work can be seen at and on Instagram @nancyillustrator.

Buy the book here.


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  • What: a three-month mentorship for PB, MG, YA pre-published writers and/or illustrators
  • Who is eligible: yet to be published traditionally LGBTQ+ writers & illustrators
  • When to apply: Jan 15- Feb. 1, 2024

Dec. 14, 1:00- 2:00 p.m. PST Holiday Digital Meet the Agents Workshop  Here four agents' wish lists (Sandra Proudman, Galt & Packer Literary Agency; Lane Clarke, Arthouse Literary Agency; Sarah N. Fisk, Tobias Literary Agency; Michelle Z. Jackson, LCS Literary Agency, moderated by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Andrea Brown Literary Agency). All SCBWI members who sign up and attend are welcome to query these agents in December.

Video Interview with Ivan Taurisano, Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks and Rosie Pova, where he discusses the current state of the picture book market and how you can position your work better; anticipated shifts in regard to books likely to be in higher demand; topics/themes that are now saturated and less likely to attract an editor... and more! (free, email sign up required)

Dec. 14, 5:00 p.m. CST (6:00 p.m. EST) Workshop with Ivan Taurisano, Assistant Editor, Kids, Sourcebooks (plus a PB submission opportunity).  Ivan will give you a unique insight into children’s book publishing from a young editor’s perspective and share what you need to know to craft a story children will love and editors will want. He will cover: What are children’s books editors looking for right now? How do editors evaluate your submission? What is a strong commercial picture book v. a literary one? How can you increase your chances of receiving an offer? What are some of the current trends and topics in children’s books? Q&A.


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  1. The Sugar Plum Bakers sounds like so much fun! I would love to read it. Thank you for all the wonderful information you post.

  2. Thank you for hosting two exciting picture books to read and study as mentor text.

  3. I'm very excited to see Grief Is An Elephant. There have been so many losses of people I care about in the last few years that I see a great need for a book like this.

  4. Very sweet books this week. Thanks for all the info.

  5. Always new and interesting books and events to check out. Thanks so much!


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