The Weekly 411 (7/24/20)

© Rahele Jomepor Bell

July 24, 2020, vol. 30

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 Rahele Jomepour Bell.



We are excited to feature author Lora Beth Johnson and her YA debut, the sci-fi novel, GODDESS IN THE MACHINE (Razorbill/PRH, July 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Risa Nyman and her MG debut, SWALLOWED BY A SECRET (Immortal Works LLC January 21, 2020) Enter to win a copy!

cover design by Ashley Literski


We are excited to host a picture book giveaway of OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR, by E. Ali, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell (Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) out on June 30! Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.
Musa’s feeling nervous about his first day of school. He’s not used to being away from home and he doesn’t know any of the other kids in his class. And when he meets classmates Mois├ęs, Mo, and Kevin, Musa isn’t sure they’ll have much in common. But over the course of the year, the four boys learn more about each other, the holidays they celebrate, their favorite foods, and what they like about school. The more they share with each other, the closer they become, until Musa can’t imagine any better friends.
In this charming story of friendship and celebrating differences, young readers can discover how entering a new friendship with an open mind and sharing parts of yourself brings people together. And the calendar of holidays at the end of the book will delight children as they identify special events they can celebrate with friends throughout the year.

About the Author: A. E. Ali is a writer based in California. Her favorite day of the year is Eid al-Fitr.

About the Illustrator: Rahele Jomepour Bell is an illustrator of picture books. She culturally is from Iran and happily enjoys adding American culture to her origin. She believes all people share a common home in planet Earth, but may differ in their skin color, way of life, and their thinking. She loves these differences and believes this is what makes the world a beautiful place to live.

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  1. Readers, including me, will learn so much from this important book.

    1. Thank you Daniele, I truly learned a lot from this book too!

  2. This is a great kindergarten book to read on the first day instead of Chrysanthemum or even in first through 3rd grade to be inclusive of new classmates and those new to the school.

  3. Fantastic group of books! I follow on Twitter...accidentally put in my email.

  4. This book looks like a great read! I love the idea of reading about and discussing a favorite holiday. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Thank you Angie! I loved it so much and it made me thinking about my own favorite day too!

  5. Great post. Thanks for that. This book looks really cute.

  6. So much helpful information. Thank you!

  7. Great information and support, as usual. Thanks.

  8. This book looks wonderful!

  9. What a special story! Beautiful, both in its message and it's illustration.

  10. I love the illustrations! Its nice to see a teacher of color as well

  11. I love the premise of this book about friendship across cultures. And the pictures are beautiful.


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