The Weekly 411 (4/24/20)

© Liz Goulet Dubois

April 24, 2020 vol. 17

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 Liz Goulet Dubois.


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We're excited to give away a copy of the picture book, EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE, by Andrea Denish, illustrated by Guilherme Franco (Boyds Mills & Kane, March 2020). Enter in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: Music, costumes, food, and fun. The sights and sounds of a parade are exciting! From Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year to St. Patrick's Day and LGBTQ+Pride, each celebration is a joy for kids, and most adults. With rhyming text and bold illustrations, children will love this festive and humorous look at some of the country's most well-known parades that features a surprise ending. 

About the author: Andrea Denish is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, PA and has been an educator for over 25 years, teaching children of all ages in a variety of settings. She currently teaches science to preschoolers and works in the children's department at her local library.

About the illustrator: Guilherme Franco was born in Brazil, home of Carnaval, one of the biggest parades in the world. He lives in São Paulo and also works in the animation and games industry, trying to create meaningful stories.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We are excited to feature author Amanda Sellet and her debut YA novel, BY THE BOOK (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 22, 2020).  Enter to win a copy!

illustrator: Monique Aimee; cover designer:  Andrea Miller

We are excited to feature author Cat Patrick and her new middle grade book, TORNADO BRAIN (G.P. Putnams Sons for Young Readers, May 5, 2020). Enter to win a copy (copy will be mailed in the future)!

illustration by Eiko Ojala; design by Eileen Savage



Picture Book 101 Webinar
May 5th at Noon Eastern -  Register to Join
Interested in writing accurate books about agriculture? Join children's book editor, Emma Dryden and Feeding Minds Press as we dive into the world of picture books! During this webinar you will learn the basics of picture book writing, some tips on how to get started, and what kind of stories Feeding Minds Press is looking for. We hope to see you there! This webinar will be recorded. 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 5, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Picture Book 101 - Feeding Minds Press

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

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  1. Parades are fun! I have been playing my flute in our city's Memorial Day parade for a few years now. This year my guess is there won't be a parade. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this beautiful and fun book.

  2. Parades are a prefect way to bring a community today. I love the idea of this book.

  3. I would love to read everyone of these delightful sounding books from the joy and excitement of a parade to find out why a character is named Tornado Brain. "By the Book" looks like it might have scenes set in a library.

  4. I like that it cover all different types of parades. This celebration of multiple cultures, ideas and especially LGBTQ+Pride, is important in current times and in showing the similarities in all people.

  5. Can't wait to read Andrea's book! Congratulations, Andrea! Have a parade and celebrate!

  6. This sounds like fun! We do love parades! And we need one right now. :) Congrats!


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