The Weekly 411 (2/26/21)


© Larissa Marantz

Feb. 26, 2021 vol. 9

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 Larissa Marantz.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Chad Lucas and his middle grade novel, THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE! (Amulet Books) out on May 11, 2021Enter to win a copy!

over artist is Nick Blanchard and the designer is Marcie Lawrence

We are excited to feature author Tirzah Price and her young adult novel, PRICE AND PREMEDITATION! (HarperTeen) out on April 6, 2021.

Enter to win a copy!

A Two-Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of two chapter books, Snow Day in May and Principal for a Day by Christine Evans, illustrated by Patrick Corrigan (Albert Whitman & Company), out now. Enter in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Books: The Wish Library series features Raven Rose and Luca Flores as they discover the Wish Library, where the mysterious Librarian promises to help solve problems with a simple wish. |

Snow Day in May: Raven is having the worst week ever. Her best friend Belle has just moved away, and tomorrow is Voices of History Day. Raven and Belle were working on their project together, and now Raven has to present alone―in front of the whole class. But when Raven stumbles upon the Wish Library and asks for school to be canceled, she faces a whole new challenge―and finds that just maybe she had the bravery she needed all along.

Principal for a Day: When Raven leaves for vacation, Luca finds himself on his own again. As the new kid at Lincoln Elementary, he’s tired of getting told what to do by everyone around him. So despite his best friend’s warnings, Luca visits the Wish Library and asks to be the one in charge. But even rule makers need to compromise sometimes.

About the Author: Christine Evans is a British author living in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of two picture books, Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist and Emily's Idea. The Wish Library is Christine’s first chapter book series. Find out more about Christine: Twitter and Instagram: @ChristineNEvans

About the Illustrator: Patrick Corrigan was born in the north of England and grew up drawing and designing. After university, he was an art director in a design studio for nearly ten years. He now lives in London with his wife and cat, illustrating children’s books.

If you preorder from the author's local indie she'll sign the books and include stickers! 

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And... Another Two-Book Giveaway!

We are pleased to host a giveaway of two picture books, The Castle the King Built, by Rebecca Colby illustrated by Tom Froese and Beatrix and Her Bunnies: The Story of Beatrix Potter: The Story of Beatrix Potter by Rebecca Colby illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller (both Nosy Crow/The National Trust). Enter in the Rafflecopter to win both books.

About The Castle That the King Built: Find out exactly what goes on inside a medieval castle in this impeccably stylish picture book from the National Trust. How many people does it take to build a castle? And what exactly does each person do? Discover masons to merchants and bakers to blacksmiths in this unique take on the classic rhyme "This is the House that Jack Built."  

About Beatrix and Her Bunnies: The Story of Beatrix Potter" Beatrix loves the countryside, but lives in a big, lonely house in London – if only she had a friend. Then she meets Benjamin Bunny and everything changes! They spend every day together playing chase and follow my leader. But when Benjamin dies, Beatrix is heartbroken. She decides to write about Benjamin’s adventures and about her new bunny, Peter, who plays the tambourine and jumps through hoops.  

This is the perfect gift for fans of Peter Rabbit, for young environmentalists and for animal lovers everywhere. Rebecca Colby effortlessly entwines the fascinating threads of Beatrix Potter’s life: her deep connection with animals, her development as a writer and artist, her determination to be published and her role as a pioneering conservationist. A biography of Beatrix Potter’s life is included, and the book is written in consultation with experts from the National Trust.

About the Author: Rebecca is a children’s author, poet, and screenwriter. Before writing for children, she worked for a Russian comedian, taught English in Taiwan, traveled the world as a tour director, and worked as a teacher and librarian. Originally from America, she now lives in England. Learn more about Rebecca at or follow her on Twitter at @amscribbler.

About the Illustrators:  Tom Froese (The Castle That the King Built) is an award winning illustrator, teacher, and speaker. He loves making images that make people happy. In his work, you will experience a flurry of joyful colours, spontaneous textures, and quirky shapes. Freelancing since 2013, Tom has worked for brands and businesses all over the world. Esteemed clients include Yahoo!, Airbnb, GQ France, and Abrams Publishing. He is currently taking on highly creative projects of all kinds, including maps, murals, picture books, packaging, editorial, and advertising. Tom graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a B.Des (honours) in 2009. 

Caroline Bonne-Müller (Beatrix and the Bunnies) was born in France bred in the Netherlands, where she studied Fashion Design in Amsterdam and worked 14 years as a fashion designer. Her three kids were born in Spain and they lived 4 years in Malaysia. She has always been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child. When she got children she couldn't stop buying beautiful illustrated picture books. This is when the seed was planted, and now she’s a published illustrator and living with my husband, three kids and four stray cats from Malaysia in Switzerland, looking over a lake and mountains.

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  1. The Wish Library books are adorable, I love the illustrations!

  2. Thank you for the chance to win books I read as mentor text and then share!

  3. The Rebecca Colby books are adorable as well.

  4. I love the cover on Thanks A Lot Universe!

  5. I love Rebecca Colby's It's Raining Bats and Frogs. She has such an impressive range of subjects and styles.

  6. All of these look like they will be a lot of fun to read.

  7. Would love to win Rebecca Colby's books. Her writing style is unique.

  8. I'm excited to see the chapter books and wondering if the mc will switch with each book?

  9. I would love to read Beatrix and Her Bunnies; I love the Peter Rabbit books.

  10. What a fantastic selection of books! Adding them all to my library request list!

  11. I am a huge Beatrix Potter fan plus I have a trio of rescued house rabbits, so this book is especially fascinating to me!

  12. The covers are so appealing. And both sound like fun reads.

  13. My family and I would love to read Beatrix and Her Bunnies! (nicol bowers)


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