The Weekly 411 (11/27/20)


© Lauren Simkin Berke

Nov. 27, 2020 vol. 48

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 Lauren Simkin Berke.



We are excited to feature illustrator Lauren Simkin Berke and their debut picture book, WERE I NOT A GIRL: THE INSPIRING AND TRUE STORY OF DR. JAMES BARRY, by Lisa Robinson (Schwartz & Wade, Oct. 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We are also pleased to feature author-illustrator Susan B. Katz and her recent picture book, MEDITATION STATION, illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan (Bala Kids, Nov. 2020). Enter to win a copy!


Today we have a special picture book giveaway, OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK illustrated by Alleanna Harris (Beaming Books), coming out on Jan. 26, 2021. 


About the book: This is the untold story of Victor Hugo Green, the mailman who wrote The Green Book travel guides that Black Americans used to plan safe road trips and vacations during legal segregation. It highlights Green’s contribution to history and provides fresh material for Black History Month. It includes an engaging timeline at the back of the book that shows significant milestones in the Civil Rights movement, and the development of The Green Book. 


"This intricately illustrated and inspiring book reveals the courageous spirit of Victor Hugo Green and reminds us that within us all lies the power to change the world." --Oge Mora, author and illustrator of Thank You, Omu; Saturday; and The Oldest Student

About the Author: Keila V. Dawson is co-editor of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY, along with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, illustrated by Bradley (Charlesbridge, 2020). She is also the author of THE KING CAKE BABY, illustrated by Vernon Smith (Pelican Publishing 2015) Dawson, a former educator, is a New Orleans native who has lived and worked in the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Find out more about her at


About the Illustrator: Alleanna Harris has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a little kid, she would draw on every page of her mom's legal pads, her notebooks at school, and on the programs at church. She graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in animation with honors, and it was during this time she realized her love for illustration. Alleanna finds inspiration in the beauty of everyday things. She seeks to create images that are immersive, rich in color, and have a sense of warmth. She lives in New Jersey. Find out more about her at

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • What: apply to a 4-month mentorship beginning March 20, 2021. Apply to a weighted lottery to participate in #WTPitch, a Twitter pitch event, from which the mentors will invite submissions
  • Who is eligible: writers of MG, YA, adult novels
  • When to apply: by Dec. 1, 2020 

As you reflect on this most unusual year, if you've gotten some value out of our website, weekly newsletters, or Facebook group, please consider donating to help keep us running. Any amount is appreciated ($12 is the equivalent of $1 a month and $24 is the equivalent of $2 a month). 

Get this weekly update by email:

Delivered by FeedBurner


  1. Book looks great, enjoyed the interview!

  2. I've been waiting to read this book. What a fascinating and important story.

  3. Can't wait to read these books. They look great.

  4. The book Were I Not a Girl would be great for all of my granddaughters to read.

  5. I had no idea about the green book. This is a fascinating part of history for kids to learn about.

  6. Great lineup of books! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is going to be an important book to read and share.

  8. What an important nonfiction picture book to share with young audiences.

  9. Excited to read each of these selections! Thank you!

  10. Opening the Road has been on my "to read" list for quite some time. I can't wait to read it and then share it with my students.

  11. When you see the results of your efforts and labors, it will become easier to motivate yourself to study. Periods of low energy, setbacks and even occasional misses will appear anyway. I love everyone, who write my paper for me free. If you don't discipline your mind, these little speed bumps can turn into real mental monsters. Being alert will keep you motivated to learn and push yourself to be successful.

  12. Looking forward to reading a fact-based account of The Green Book. 😏 Thank you for your due diligence.

  13. First time I heard of the green book in the movie. But facts are better!


Post a Comment