The Weekly 411 (11/13/20)

© Joni Nemeth

 Nov. 13, 2020 vol. 46

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 Joni Nemeth.


We are pleased to feature middle grade, YA, and adult author Claire Swinarski and her recent middle grade novel, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT (HarperCollins, May 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Alayne Kay Christian and her recent picture book, THE WEED THAT WOKE CHRISTMAS: THE MOSTLY TRUE TALE OF THE TOLEDO CHRISTMAS WEED, illustrated by Polina Gortman (Blue Whale Press, Oct. 1, 2020). Enter to win a copy!


KIDLIT411 is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for the picture book: Friends and Anemones - Ocean Poems for Children  written and illustrated by members of the Writer's Loft, Sherborn MA! Be sure to check it out and enter to win a copy of the book here!

Also, be sure to tune in to the Friends and Anemones Book Launch Event with the Writers' Loft and the amazing Peter H. Reynolds on Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 4-5pm!

Enter to win a copy:

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We are excited to feature a picture book giveaway of LATKES FOR SANTA CLAUS, by Janie Emaus, illustrated by Bryan Langdo (Sky Pony Press, Oct. 2020). Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter below, in time for Hanukkah (Dec. 10-18)!

About the book: In this humorous and endearing picture book, blending both Christmas and Hannukah, a little girl and her stepbrother compete to leave Santa the best treats ever.

Latkes for Santa Claus concludes with Anna and Michael's winning recipes, ready for children to replicate for Santa in their own kitchens.

About the Author: Janie Emaus is the author of the young adult novel Mercury in Retro Love, and her articles and stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and websites. Latkes for Santa Claus is her debut picture book. 

About the Illustrator: Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of more than thirty books and author of two, including Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hut, which won a 2012 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. 

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  1. Latkes For Santa looks super cute. I was secretly jealous of my friend who celebrated Christmas AND Hanukkah.

  2. I'm excited to read both of these gorgeous books.

  3. What Happens Next looks awesome! I'm putting in for it at my library. TY!

  4. The trailer for the ocean poem book is wonderful. Thanks for the links for writers, too. Saggy middles are my downfall.

  5. BOTH of these books look amazing! Congrats! Thanks for all the great information. :)

  6. Thanks so much for featuring my book along with all these other great ones! Happy Holidays!

  7. These books look great, want to read them to my twins for the holidays!

  8. I loved the book trailer and the wordplay.


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