The Weekly 411 (8/28/20)

© Yehudi Mercado

Aug. 28, 2020 vol. 35

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 Yehudi Mercado.


Last week to enter our Kidlit411 banner illustration contest! Entries due August 31.


We are excited to feature author Lorelei Savaryn and her debut middle grade novel, CIRCUS OF STOLEN DREAMS (Philomel Books), coming out Sept. 1.  Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Matt Saunders; design by Samira Iravani

Today we are pleased to feature graphic novelist Yehudi Mercado and his middle grade graphic novel, FUN FUN FUN WORLD (Oni Press), out Sept. 1. Enter to win a copy!

Today we are pleased to feature author Emma Bland Smith and her debut picture book, THE PIG WAR: HOW A PORCINE TRAGEDY TAUGHT ENGLAND AND AMERICA TO SHARE, illustrated by Alison Jay (Penguin Random House; November 3, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


We are excited to host a giveaway of the beautiful new picture book LIGHTS OUT, by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Susan Reagan (Creative Editions, Aug. 18, 2020). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: LIGHTS OUT Is an ode to true darkness. Fox and Beetle set out in search of the Dark of N. Joined by other creatures affected by too much light, they search the wide, wide world. In a world marred by light pollution, this search for darkness is a clarion call to turn out the lights, so that all may see. Marsha spoke to several experts in the field as she researched, including members of IDA, the International Dark-Sky Association.

About the Author: Marsha Diane Arnold is a multi-award winning picture book author with over one million books sold. Honors include the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and Bank Street Best Children’s Books. You may visit her at and follow her on Twitter @MarshaDArnold.

About the Illustrator:  Susan Reagan is a freelance illustrator and teacher who loves storytelling illustration! Her picture books include You & Me, Simon Says, Lights Out, and the upcoming Revolutionary Prudence Wright, Calkins Creek, Fall 2021.  Follow on Instagram @susan_reagan

Buy a copy of LIGHTS OUT!

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  1. These books look great, look forward to reading them!

  2. Lights Out! What a fabulous subject. Looking forward to crossing over to the dark side... ;)

  3. I'm a big follower of light pollution issues going on in the world today - this looks fantastic!

  4. What a great bunch of illustrated books!

  5. This looks like a wonderful book. The cover illustrations alone draw me to te story. I want to open that book and turn those pages.

  6. What a great subject to write about, Marsha. I think there's too much light in many places too like most stores and gyms and sometimes schools. We need lots of light to read but not for everything. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

  7. This book's subject is so unique to me and a wonderful idea for a picture book. Thanks for the post and chance to win a copy to read and review.

  8. This looks really cute & neat book. I like the illustrations.

  9. This is the first time I've seen a picture book addressing light pollution. It looks great.

  10. Great idea to write about dark sky.

  11. Sounds fantastic. Nancy P

  12. Congrats on the book! It looks great.


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