The Weekly 411 (4/16/21)


© Yuli Kashapova

April 16, 2021 vol. 16

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 Yuli Kashapova.

Author Spotlights

We are pleased to feature author Candy Wellins and her picture book, The Stars Beckoned: Edward White's Amazing Walk in Space, illustrated by Courtney Dawson (Philomel), out April 20, 2021.  Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Priscilla Mante and debut middle grade novel, Jan Santos vs. the World (Puffin),out May 27, 2021.  Enter to win a copy!

Cover Design Camilla Sucre

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Wiggles Stomps and Squeezes Calms My Jitters Down, by Lindsey Rowe Parker, illustrated by Rebecca "Bee" Burgess (BQB Publishing), out now. Enter to win a copy!

About the book: This story is about sensory differences for anyone who has ever felt the need for a wiggle, stomp, or squeeze! It is a team effort from a neurodiverse author and autistic illustrator. We are thrilled to be releasing in both English and Spanish in April 2021 from BQB publishing in conjunction with #AutismAcceptanceMonth.


About the Author: Lindsey is a mom at the tail end of toddler-hood, embracing the next phase of parenting while learning to navigate and advocate for her autistic daughter. With a recent adult diagnosis of ADHD, and a new deeper understanding of her own sensory experiences, she has begun to delve into the neurodiversity community learning all she can from neurodiverse voices. This is her first picture book, and she hopes it connects with everyone who has felt the need for a wiggle, stomp or squeeze!

About the Illustrator: Rebecca "Bex" Burgess is an autistic illustrator living in the UK. They love history and nature, but comics and illustration most of all! Their passion has led them to work with the likes of The Guardian and Jessica Kingsley Publishing. Rebecca is most famous for their online comic 'Understanding The Spectrum', a comic explaining autism that has been shared in several books and used by parents, teachers and doctors.

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  1. I'm adding this to my must read list. This book will help so many readers see themselves in a book.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing all of these fantastic resources and books!

  3. WIGGLES, STOMPS, and SQUEEZES looks like a fun book to read with the little ones.

  4. I will be sure to read your book with a grandson who has ADHD and a husband who has ADD. I have to find out all I can about these topics so I can understand them better. Plus, your book just sounds interesting. Great post!

  5. Love this! Would love to read these books to my 4th graders :-)

  6. My grandson is autistic and must move. Also, ADHD runs strong in our family. We definitely could use your book! Congrats!

  7. Calling all parents and teachers of little wigglies, this just may be the answer you've been searching for.

  8. This looks like a great book for the little ones with ants in their pants!

  9. I love your book, all kids need to be represented in literature.

  10. This looks fantastic. A must have for my classroom library.


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