The Weekly 411 (10/2/20)


© Akemi Ito

Oct. 2, 2020 vol. 40

 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 Akemi Ito.


We are excited to feature award-winning author-illustrator Marla Frazee and her recent picture book, THE FARMER AND THE MONKEY (Beach Lane Books, Sept. 2020). Enter to win a copy!

Today we are pleased to feature author Aya Khalil and her debut picture book, THE ARABIC QUILT, illustrations by Anait Semirdzhyan (Tilbury House Publishers; Illustrated Edition (February 18, 2020)). 

Enter to win a copy!

Today we are pleased to feature author Arianne Costner and her debut middle grade novel, MY LIFE AS A POTATO, illustrations by James Lancett (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


It's the beginning of the month, so we feature a new Illustrator Spotlight on Akemi Ito, who designed this month's adorable banner. Check out her wonderful art.

© Akemi Ito

We also chose the winning banners for 2021, from our recent Kidlit411 banner contest. Congratulations to Elspeth Alix Batt for her entry:

© Elspeth Alix Batt

Show Don't Tell

  • What: Nominate a 2020 trade book published in the US with environmental themes
  • Award: Four awards of $1,000 to four categories (PB, MG, YA, nonfiction). Award split between author and illustrator where appropriate.


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