The Weekly 411 (6/12/20)

© Susi Schaefer

June 12, 2020 vol. 24

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 Susi Schaefer.



We are very excited to feature author Janae Marks and her debut Middle Grade novel, FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON (HarperCollins Katherine Tegen Books 1/14/20). Enter to win a copy!
Cover design by Laura Mock,
 Illustrated by Mirelle Ortega

We are pleased to feature author Lisa Katzenberger and her debut picture book, NATIONAL REGULAR AVERAGE ORDINARY DAY, illustrated by Barbara Baltos (Penguin Workshop, June 23, 2020). Enter to win a copy (mailed later due to COVID-19).

 We are excited to feature illustrator Lisk Feng, and her new board book, OUR WORLD: A FIRST BOOK OF GEOGRAPHY, by Sue Lowell Gallion (Phaedon Press, July 22, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


We are excited to feature a giveaway of author-illustrator Jessie Sima's picture book, JULES VS. THE OCEAN (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Children), out June 16:

About the book: From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a story about a young girl determined to impress her older sister by building elaborate sandcastles, even if that means standing up to the ocean and its smash-happy waves!

Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed.

But the ocean has other plans.

Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them.

And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw.

Jules is going to take a stand!

From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood—told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.

About the author-illustrator:  Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. She grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that she was a storyteller. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. She is the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New Pet; and Jules vs. the Ocean. You can visit her at

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  1. This looks like a great book. I love the cover, with her staring out at the ocean! Lots of good links on this Kidlit 411 post in general. Love the middle grade article.

  2. Excited to read this book! I love the beach and feel that I will connect with the humor and story :)

  3. Read this on Edelweiss and found it to be delightful from head to sandy toe!

  4. The beach is my happy place. I am intrigued to read this book and get to know this spunky character that takes on the ocean.

  5. Love beach settings and sandcastles! Look forward to reading this.

  6. Very cute book. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I'm excited to read this book. I love books about the beach!

  8. I look forward to reading this book with my twin granddaughters!


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