The Weekly 411 (3/5/21)


© Daniel Skillcorn

Mar. 5, 2021 vol. 10

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 Daniel Skillcorn.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Charlotte Offsay and her debut picture book, The Big Beach Cleanup, illustrated by Katie Rewse (Albert Whitman, Spring 2021). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Nicole Lesperance who has both a MG and YA debut this year, The Nightmare Thief (Sourcebooks for Young Readers) and The Wide Starlight (Razorbill/PRH), both out now! Enter to win a copy!  

illustration © Ioana Harasim and designer is Kristin Boyle

We are excited to feature author Charles Ghigna and his latest book, Once Upon Another Time, co-written with Matthew Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Andrés F. Landazábal (Beaming Books, March 2, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat, by Mara Rockcliff, illustrated by Giselle Potter (Beach Lane Books). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.


About the book: Meet fearless Frieda Caplan—the produce pioneer who changed the way Americans eat by introducing exciting new fruits and vegetables, from baby carrots to blood oranges to kiwis—in this brightly illustrated nonfiction picture book!

About the Author: Mara Rockliff is the author of many historical books for children, including Mesmerized, winner of the Cook Prize and an Orbis Pictus Honor book, and Gingerbread for Liberty!, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and winner of the Garden State Children’s Book Award and Land of Enchantment Book Award. Under the pen name Lewis B. Montgomery, she wrote all twelve books in the popular Milo and Jazz Mysteries chapter book series, which has been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her family. Visit her online at


About the Illustrator: Giselle Potter has illustrated many books, including Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, an ALA-ALSC notable book; The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner; and Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey. She is the author and illustrator of Tell Me What to Dream About and This Is My Dollhouse—both inspired by her daughters—and The Year I Didn’t Go to School, about traveling through Italy with her parents’ puppet troupe when she was eight. Giselle also illustrates “Ties,” a weekly column in the Well section of The New York Times. She lives in Rosendale, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at

Order your copy here!

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  1. All these books look great to read!

  2. As a single mom and teacher, I have definitely worked with my share of picky eaters and this book seems to be right on I hope to be a lucky winner! (nicol bowers)

  3. Book looks great, look forward to reading it to my twins!

  4. This sounds like a fascinating story about the changes in popular food!

  5. I love them! Especially the cover for The Wild Starlight. How/where do we enter?

  6. I'm very interested in learning more about how this woman changed America's diet.

  7. This sounds like a great book for picky eaters! Cute cover.

  8. I haven't tasted all the foods on the cover of TRY IT! I'll have to keep my eye out for them now.

  9. What a great list of books! Looking forward to reading these.

  10. I love experimenting with unusual fruits and vegetables (I've also been a vegetarian since 16 so am eager to try a variety). Congrats on TRY IT!

  11. What a fun book! Would love to share this with my picky eater!

  12. Love the idea of new foods to try! All of the books featured here look wonderful! Congrats to everyone!


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