The Weekly 411 (4/9/21)

© Jan Dolby

 April 9, 2021, vol. 15

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 Jan Dolby.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Kaela Rivera and her debut middle grade novel, CECE RIOS AND THE DESERT OF SOULS (Harper Collins), out on April 13. Enter to win a copy!

 illustration: Mirelle Ortega; cover design: Catherine Lee

We are pleased to feature author Moni Ritchie Hadley and her debut picture book THE STAR FESTIVAL, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa (Albert Whitman, April 1, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Kristy Boyce and her debut young adult book, Hot British Boyfriend, (HarperTeen) out now. Enter to win a copy!

Cover illustrator is Jacqueline Li and designer is Chris Kwon.

Special Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Watercress, by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books, Mar. 30, 2021). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the book: Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop when they spot watercress growing in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy watercress as they can. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.

About the author: Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of The Nian Monster and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando. She was inspired to write Watercress by her experience growing up in rural Ohio as a child of Chinese immigrants. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family.

About the illustrator: Jason Chin is a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books. He illustrated Nine Months, by Miranda Paul and Watercress, by Andrea Wang, and wrote and illustrated Grand Canyon, awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. His other nonfiction titles have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades. Jason lives in Vermont with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their children. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Apr. 1- Apr. 30 Volemos Meg Medina Grant
  • What: apply for a $500 grant + a year's SCBWI membership + conference tuition
  • Who: SCBWI members of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American heritage


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  1. Book looks beautiful! Look forward to reading it!

  2. I’ve seen some of the illustrations and her a few pages from the story by the author and illustrator. The book is beautifully done.

    1. (Cell Phone died before posting-errors above).
      I’ve seen some of the illustrations and heard a few pages shared by the author and illustrator. The book is beautifully done.

  3. I always enjoy your round-ups! I can't wait to read WATERCRESS!

  4. Many other author/illustrators have also been moved by book and have tears while closing the book and the cover art makes me feel, this is book worth treasuring and sharing

  5. So excited about all the talk for Watercress. Congratulations!! Thank you for a chance.

  6. This book will make me think a lot more about watercress!

  7. I am fascinated by Watercress. Hearing its creators talk about it on line moved me to tears.

  8. This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read and savor it.

  9. I've been keeping my eye out for Watercress. Can hardly wait to read it!

  10. Can't wait to read these picture books!

  11. This beautiful book resonates with me as I am also a daughter of immigrants and nothing was ever wasted when I was a child. I can't wait to read this book.

  12. I heard Jason Chin talk about this book recently and can't wait to see it!

  13. It looks like a gorgeous book that would be a wonderful read!

  14. People are raving about this book which makes me even more excited to read it.

  15. Heard Jason Chin talk about this book. Can't wait to see and read it!

  16. This book looks gorgeous! Can't wait to read & review it!

  17. This books looks wonderful! Jason is such a talented author illustrator! Best wishes!

  18. I can't wait to read this beautiful book. Loved hearing Jason Chin speak about it.

  19. Watercress has been getting a lot of attention. I'm eager to read it.


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