The Weekly 411 (2/2/24)

© Katie Erickson

Feb. 2, 2024 vol. 5

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 Katie Erickson.

Illustrator Spotlight

We are pleased to feature illustrator Lisa Wee Eng Cheng and her banner design for Kidlit411, as well as her book, Masked Hero, written by Dr. Shan Woo Liu and Kaili Liu Gormley (MIT Kids Press 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

© Lisa Wee Eng Cheng

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, I Love Myself, I by Wai Mei Wong, illustrated by Julia Vasileva (Orca Book Publishers) out on Feb. 13. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!


About the Book: Even an ordinary day is full of little challenges, especially when you're a kid. Like when you're learning to ride a bike and you still need training the other kids ride past you. Or when you jump in a mud puddle...but you fall in and get your pants wet. Luckily you can learn to be kind to yourself with a bit of practice.


In this sweet picture book we accompany a child through their day, from morning to bedtime, as their inner self—portrayed as a cuddly imaginary creature—supports them in their endeavors. Some are harder than others, but the positive message of the text highlights how you can love yourself through big feelings, try something different, say no, and so much more.


About the Author:  Former early childhood educator Wai Mei Wong's first book, Hello, Dark, was shortlisted for the 2022 IODE Jean Throop Book Award and was a 2022 CCBC Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection. She was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Toronto.


About the Illustrator: Julia Vasileva is an illustrator, storyteller, and book lover. Her drawing style combines traditional and digital techniques to build imaginative worlds for children to dive into. She is a member of SCBWI and is represented by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary Agency. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, and when she’s not in her studio, you’ll probably find her up in the mountains or down by the ocean. 

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For Writers

Six Reasons You're Confusing the Reader

The Wound and the Contradiction

 Writing Courses

Profitable Picture Books - This affordable monthly membership program provides step-by-step guidance for both traditional and self-publishing authors - and those who just aren’t sure yet!  Created by Vicky Weber, a former teacher turned children’s book author and literary agent, Profitable Picture Books includes easy-to-follow video courses, live coaching sessions, exclusive webinars with industry experts, and a community of fellow authors to support you.  From choosing the right story idea to writing and revising, to choosing the right publishing path, and following it - this course will teach you how to become a children’s book author without the stress & overwhelm.  Vicky and her team also offer other resources for kidlit writers at   

Contests & Awards

  • What: Write a short (214 words max) Valentine's story appropriate for children under 12 in which a character is enthusiastic
  • Prizes: manuscript critiques, signed books, and more

Middle Grade

Mental Health in Middle Grade Books, with Cindy Baldwin

Indie Publishing

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Self Publishing a Picture Book 

Inspirational Things

How to Deal with Writing Milestones Hangovers


  1. Thanks for the chance to win! This looks like a delightful book. Congratulations.

  2. Thank you for the chance to win copies of these wonderful books.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful links. Terrific books this week too.


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