The Weekly 411 (4/5/24)

© Paola Cammarata

April 5, 2024 vol 14

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 Paola Cammarata.

Illustrator Spotlight

We are pleased to feature Nicola Schofield and her website banner design in our Illustrator Spotlight. Check out her wonderful illustrations. 

© Nicola Schofield

Middle-Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the debut middle grade book, Light and Air by Mindy Nichols Wendell (Holiday House 2024). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below! 

art by Loika

About the Book: It’s 1935, and tuberculosis is ravaging the nation. Everyone is afraid of this deadly respiratory illness. When Halle and her mother fall ill, they are sent to the J. N. Adam Tuberculosis Hospital, far from home, far from family, far from the world. Tucked away in the woods of upstate New York, the hospital is a closed and quiet place. But it is not, as Halle learns, a prison. Free from troubles at home and troubles at school, she slowly discovers joy, friendship, and a sense of belonging in this world where people are united by what they have in common, rather than separated by their differences. But when Mama suffers a lung hemorrhage, Halle’s entire future is thrown into question…


Light and Air deals tenderly and insightfully with isolation, quarantine, found family, and illness. Set in the fully realized world of a 1930s sanatorium, it offers a tender glimpse into a historical epidemic that has become more relatable than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Halle vows to do whatever it takes to save Mama, a profound message of strength, hope, and healing emerges.


About the Author: Mindy Nichols Wendell writes historical fiction for young readers. Before beginning her writing career, she taught college-level English for thirty years. In 2019, she received the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She always felt lucky to get paid for doing a job she loved. Mindy and her husband live in Western New York, not far from the ruins of the sanatorium that inspired her debut middle grade novel, Light and Air. These days, when she’s not writing or reading or taking long walks in quiet places, Mindy is probably visiting her grandsons.

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Middle Grade Graphic Novel Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade graphic novel, Fighting to Belong! Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander History from the 1700s Through the 1800s, created by Amy Chu, Alexander Chang, and Louie Chin (Third State Books 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: In the graphic novel series debut Fighting to Belong!  Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander History from the 1700s Through the 1800s, middle schoolers Padmini, Sammy, Joe, and Tiana and their guide Kenji embark on an amazing journey through time to experience tragic and triumphant events and people in AAPI history, from The “Manilamen” who arrived in Louisiana as indentured servants and left a huge impact on the history and culture of the territory to the heroes in the fight for Hawaiian sovereignty, and many more stories of the unique experiences, challenges, and contributions of AANHPIs. Also includes a comprehensive curriculum guide that educators can implement in the classroom and that parents and community groups can use to further explore the themes and events depicted. 

About the Creators: Amy Chu has written popular characters such as Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Ant-Man, and Iron Man for DC, Marvel, Dark  Horse, and Netflix. She wrote Poison Ivy’s first solo miniseries and was the first woman to write for the Green Hornet series. She is also the author of children’s graphic novels, including Sea Sirens and its sequel Sky Island (Penguin Random House). Amy has created comics for the New York Historical Society, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Museum of Chinese in America. She studied Architectural Design at MIT and East Asian Studies at Wellesley  College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Amy is a frequent speaker at conventions around the world.


Alexander Chang is a writer and editor of comics and graphic novels. His published credits include Rick and Morty, Red Sonja, and the Where We Live anthology. A third-generation Chinese American from Princeton, New Jersey, he loves writing in his journal, growing plants, fire spinning, and Chinese lion dancing.


Louie Chin is an illustrator whose work includes the children's book, Bodega Cat (POW! Kids Books), which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection in 2020. He has created artwork for a variety of publications and projects, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Nike. He works in both traditional mediums such as watercolor and gouache as well as with digital art software. He was born and raised in New York City, where he still resides.

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April 1- June 30 New Visions Award
  • What: submit your MG or YA manuscript
  • Who: Open to writers of color and Native/Indigenous writers 18 years or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Prize: an advance offer and standard publication contract


April 23, 4:30 CST/ 5:30 EST Workshop with Karen Kilpatrick, Literary Agent at EastWest Literary.  Beyond the Book: How to tell (and sell) your stories on multiple platforms and start building a brand from your book idea!  There are multiple ways for writers of children’s content to break into the children’s publishing and entertainment industries. As a storyteller, thinking beyond the book is a powerful way to both strengthen your current manuscript(s) and position yourself for success in publishing (and beyond!).


After this webinar you will know:

✔ Why you should think of your manuscripts/story ideas as brands and how to do this 

✔ The multiple avenues for sharing your stories with the world and finding your right path to publishing 

✔ How to take your stories beyond the book and pitch your ideas to production companies and platforms 

✔ What consumer products companies (including toy cos) look for when partnering with book-based original IP 


Webinar attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch Karen Kilpatrick one manuscript to consider as either an agent, or to acquire for Genius Cat Books ( an imprint of Kayppin Media ( ($57)


  1. Character Arc info especially helpful this week.

  2. Thank you for another wonderful blog post! Your links for writers are always helpful to me!

  3. Both of these MG books look interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Both of these books sound like powerful reads. I can't wait to learn more about a time and people in history as well as compare/contrast the two pandemics.

  5. Light and Air looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance. And thanks for all the useful links.

  6. These look like great MG novels! Thank you for sharing!

  7. The giveaways are amazing as usual. Thank you for these resources.

  8. Loving the wonderful artwork!


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