The Weekly 411 (3/12/21)

© Tricia Candemeres

 Mar. 12, 2021 vol. 11

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 Tricia Candemeres.

Author Spotlights 

We are excited to feature author Jessica S. Olson and her debut YA novel, SING ME FORGOTTEN (Inkyard Press), coming out on March 9! Enter to win a copy!

Illustrator: Allan Davey; Design: Mary Luna

We are excited to feature author Merriam Sarcia Saunders and her debut MG novel, TROUBLE WITH A TINY t (Capstone Publishing), which came out on March 1st! Enter to win a copy!

Special Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Night Baa-fore Easter, by Dawn Young, illustrated by Pablo Pino (Worthy Kids, Jan. 2021). Enter to win a copy!

About the Book: It’s the night before Easter, and Bo is so excited that he can’t sleep. He starts counting sheep, but when the sheep get a glimpse of the Easter goodies, chaos ensues. With a houseful of sheep and a mess to clean, will Bo get to sleep before the Easter bunny comes?

About the Author: Dawn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with an MBA.  For years, Dawn worked as an engineer and, later, as a manager at a large aerospace company, until her creative side called her to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. After reading and writing hundreds of corporate documents, none of which were titled The Little Engineer Who Could or Don't Let the Pigeon Fly the Airbus, Dawn is thrilled to now be reading and writing picture books instead.

Dawn is also a math enthusiast. When she’s not busy writing and reading, she can be found doing math problems, sometimes just because... In high school, Dawn’s dream was to have a math equation named after her, but now, she believes having her name on the cover of books is a million times better! Dawn lives with her husband, three children and golden retriever in sunny Arizona. Dawn is an active member of SCBWI and many other children’s writing groups.

About the Illustrator:  Pablo Pino was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up watching cartoons, playing football and drawing a lot. These days, he doesn´t watch as much TV and only plays football once a week, but still has the joy of painting every day. Why? Because, for the last 10 years, he‘s been working as a professional illustrator for different print media. What he enjoys the most is illustrating books for children and teenagers. Besides the 40 published books Pablo's illustrated, among novels and tales he also does characters designs, board games and collaborate on designs for schoolbooks and magazines with various worldwide publishing companies. Pablo is self-taught and his illustrations are mostly computer drawn, but he always adds textures that he makes with pencils, crayons, acrylics and pretty much any material that lets him get messy like when he was a child.

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  1. Those sound like some crazy Easter sheep!

  2. I have this book on my wish list--I can't wait to read it and study for mentor text. This book sounds hilarious.

  3. I can't wait to read this one!
    -Ashley Sierra

  4. Sing Me Forgotten looks so enchanting and just when you think you’ve read all the bedtime books—bring in these crazy adorable sheep! ❤️

  5. The Night Baafore Christmas was lots of fun, so I'm glad there's a sequel. Now I'm wondering which holiday the sheep will disrupt next!

  6. LOL! This sounds like a hoot. From someone who regularly watches the neighbors' sheep escape and wander the neighborhood...Congratulations!

  7. I love the really funny title.

  8. I love the title The Night Baafore Christmas- makes me want to get it now!

  9. Such a clever title and fun/Funny premise. Congrats, Dawn.

  10. That Easter book looks adorable!! I'm sure my youngest niece would adore it.


  11. I would love to read this book to my students!

  12. This looks like a really cute book to share with the little ones at Easter.

  13. This sounds like a perfect book to share with my students! They would love it!


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