The Weekly 411 (3/20/20)

© Annette Hashitate

March 20, 2020 vol. 12

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updates. Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Annette Hashitate.


We are in an unprecedented time, dealing with a coronavirus pandemic. To the extent authors and illustrators can keep creating, writing, and drawing, we're here to provide resources to help you create and cope. 


Today we are excited to feature author Liz Lawson and her debut YA novel THE LUCKY ONES (Delacorte Press, April 7, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


We are excited to present a special giveaway of the picture book, LET'S DANCE! by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Maine Diaz (Boyds Mills Press, Mar. 3, 2020). Order it here, and enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. 

This picture book showcases dances from all over the world, with rhythmic prose that encourages readers to tap, spin, and boogie along. 

From the cha cha of Cuba to the stepping of Ireland, dancing is everywhere you go. This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away. This read is so full of energy, kids everywhere will want to dance along!

About the Author: Valerie Bolling has been an educator for over 25 years and a writer since age 4. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College and currently works as an Instructional Coach with middle and high school teachers. In addition to writing picture books, Valerie writes a Monthly Memo for teachers that she publishes on Twitter, and she has a poem accepted for publication by Cricket Media. Valerie is a member of NCTE, SCBWI, the NESCBWI Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Authors Guild, the WNDB Mentorship Program, #12X12PB, 2020 Diverse Debuts, 20/20 Vision Picture Books, and a picture book critique group. Valerie and her husband live in Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater, and dancing. 

About the Illustrator:  Born in La Plata, Argentina, Maine Diaz, grew up drawing and painting. At the age of 16 she took a workshop and start animating, working in films like Patoruzito, El Arca (Patagonik, Argentina), Gizaku and Nocturna (Filmax, Spain). Simultaneously, she enrolled in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad DeLa Plata (UNLP). Soon after, she also started illustrating for children’s story books and educational books. In 2002 with Crimsomnia Studio, she was a finalist at Ford’s “Saldras mas” publicity contest, with “Habitos noctunos” short. In 2005 she won first prize for the character design category of Bizpills (Hi Impatc Learning Experiences), EspaƱa. Currently, Maine lives in a tiny green house where she spends time with her two cats, Chula and Lola.  

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  1. Congrats to Valerie on her new book! It looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. I've wanted to read this book ever since I first saw it on another blog. Congratulations!

  3. This is such a cool-looking book. I'd love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one.

  4. Sounds like just the type of book we need to read right now! Congrats!

  5. Dancing and rhythm - kid appeal for sure!
    Look forward to reading this. Congrats, Valerie!

  6. Congrats, Valerie! Looks so vibrant and full of energy! Congrats!


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