The Weekly 411 (5/31/24)


© Nicola Schofield

May 31, 2024 vol. 22

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 Nicola Schofield.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway for the picture book, A Plate of Hope: The Inspiring Story of Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen, by Erin Frankel, illustrated by Paola Escobar (Random House Studio 2024). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: A moving picture book biography about chef José Andrés, who, along with his World Central Kitchen organization, is sure to inspire kids to help out in their own communities. "Lush illustrations and a captivating narrative make this biography shine.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review 


About the Author: Erin Frankel is a children’s book author. She loves telling stories of empathy and wonder. Her picture books include A Plate of Hope, Remembering Barkley, and the Weird! series. Erin enjoys visiting schools to talk to students about stories and kindness. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, where she writes, teaches, and hopes.


About the Illustrator: Paola Escobar grew up traveling from town to town in Bogota, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Digging for Words, an ALA Notable Book, and recipient of both the Americas Award and the International Latino Book Award, as well as Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, an Indie Pick called "a must-have for all libraries" in a School Library Journal starred review. She lives with her husband and her dog, Flora.

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Board Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the board book, Hush, Little Dozer, by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Katya Long (Little Simon 2024). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book:  Say goodnight to each construction vehicle as it completes its last task of the day--especially to little dozer--in this sweet board book that puts a new spin on "Hush, Little Baby."


Push, little dozer,

clear the ground,

level out the rocky mound.

When you've flattened smooth the land,

signal loader to the sand.


After finishing their job for the day, construction vehicles rumble off to sleep! 


About the Author:  Rebecca Colby is an author of 45 traditionally published children's books. She's also a poet and screenwriter. Previous to writing, she worked as a pantyhose inspector, an English teacher in Taiwan, a tour director, and a librarian. Rebecca lives in North Yorkshire, England.


About the Illustrator:  Katya Longhi was born in 1984 in Modica, a small town in Southern Italy. She studied at the Florence Academy of Art and the NEMO NT Academy of Digital Arts. When she was a child, she drew everything she saw—she has countless drawings of ice cream and Snoopy! Katya works digitally but she begins by drawing with pencil on paper. In her spare time, Katya loves to read and watch fairy tales and collect snow globes. She currently works as a freelance illustrator based in Trento, where she lives with her very own Prince Charming!

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For Writers

Troubleshooting Your Story's Ending

Stories Within Stories: Letting Characters Tell the Tale

7 Things I Learned While Writing Across Genres

Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

June 1 Young Adult Writing Virtual Conference   Writer’s Digest University is pleased to present a one-of-a-kind online event for young adult (YA) writers. On June 1, 2024, our Young Adult Writing Virtual Conference will provide expert insights from four award-winning and bestselling YA authors. Spend the day learning techniques for honing your craft from four different published authors, then (if you choose) pitch your young adult book via query letter to a literary agent specifically looking for material in the young adult category. The agent will provide you with a personalized critique of your query – and maybe ask to see more.

Query Letters

Taming the Synopsis: 4 Steps for Perfecting One-Page and Long Form Synopses

Submissions: Agents & Editors

June 6, 5:00 p.m. CST (6 p.m. EST) Workshop with Katie Monson, Literary Agent at SBR Media: To Represent or Not to Represent: The Literary Agent's Crossroads 


Ready to unlock the secrets behind literary agents' decisions? Join me for an exclusive workshop hosted by Rosie J. Pova and led by Literary Agent Katie Monson where you'll gain insights into:

  • Agent Decision-Making: Learn what drives agents to pick up—or pass on—a manuscript.
  • Decoding Rejections: Understand those cryptic rejection letters and determine your next steps.
  • Navigating Differences: Handle disagreements with your agent to maintain a strong professional relationship.

Plus, a special submission opportunity for all registrants!

Inspirational Things

Every Artist Needs Raccoon Phases

Calling It Quits on a Project


  1. Both these books look fabulous. I am a big fan of Chef Jose Andres. Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Both these books have beautiful covers and the first book has a great message!

  3. I'm a supporter of the World Central Kitchen organization. Chef Jose Andres is a hard working, kind hearted person. I'm excited that a PB has been created highlighting his teams efforts to feed the world.

  4. Both of these books will be fun to read. I can't wait to learn more about the WCK program.

  5. A Plate of Hope looks to inspire others, looks to send a positive message, give hope to those in need. I'd love to read this to my class. While school is out for this year, I know it will be a great read for next school year. My students (and I) love to read/listen to books of compassion and care.

  6. Hope is what joins us together and keeps us moving forward.


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