The Weekly 411 (5/28/21)

© Heather Brockman Lee


May 28, 2021, vol. 22

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 Heather Brockman Lee.

KidLit News

This week, the kidlit community lost two towering figures and talents, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert.

Author Spotlights

We are pleased to feature author Jody Jensen Shaffer and her latest early reader, Where is Bear? and A House for Mouse! illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Highlights Press, April 2021). Enter to win a copy of both books!

We are pleased to feature author Susannah Aziz and her debut picture book, Halal Hot Dogs, illustrated by Parwinder Singh (little bee books), out now! Enter to win a copy!

Special Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of Joyce Lapin's latest picture book,  The Little Spacecraft that Could: New Horizon's Amazing Journey to Pluto and Arrokoth, illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli. (Sterling Children's Books, May 2021). Enter to win a copy below.

About the Book: Ride along with the New Horizons spacecraft as she rockets three billion miles to Pluto! Watch her take the first close-up photos of Pluto, and then journey another billion miles to mini-world Arrokoth. You’ll whiz through space at more than 10 miles per second; learn how giant planet Jupiter helped the little spacecraft reach Pluto; and discover the astonishing surface feature that made the world fall in love with Pluto.

About the Author: Joyce Lapin is the author of If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon  and The Little Spacecraft That Could, both from Sterling Children’s Books. Joyce has enjoyed reading and learning about other worlds since childhood. A former advertising copywriter, she’s happy to have found a kinder, gentler life. Joyce is originally from Glen Cove (Long Island, NY) and now lives in Simsbury, Connecticut. Her favorite nonfiction readings include biographies and survival stories. For fiction, she loves anything by John Grisham and Elin Hilderbrand. Joyce’s happy place is the beach. The light of her life are her 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.

About the Illustrator: Simona Ceccarelli grew up in Italy, with a passion for both art and science, a large library – which has been expanding out of control ever since – and the urge to open all doors and follow every path. She worked as a medical research scientist for more than 10 years. Art eventually lured her back to follow “the road not taken.” She studied illustration and visual development at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and found her happy place in children’s illustration. She has published books and more with Sterling Children’s Books, Amicus Publishing, Scholastic Education, Thienemann-Esslinger, Dressler, Carlsen Verlag, Harper-Collins, PI Kids, Rizzoli/Mondadori, Cricket Media, Parallel Games, Haba and many others.

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Special Graphic Novel Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of Ken Lamug's latest middle-grade graphic novel, Mischief and Mayhem: Born to Be Bad (Katherine Tegen / Harpercollins), coming out June 15, 2021.

About the Book: Dog Man meets Despicable Me in this crackling, hilarious middle-grade graphic novel series from author-illustrator Ken Lamug, starring Mischief and Mayhem—a dynamic duo that falls into supervillainy after they’re kicked out of superhero camp. “A rousing kickoff for the Captain Underpants crowd.” – KIRKUS Reviews

Author Bio: Ken Lamug is an author-illustrator who has created award-winning picture books and graphic novels. Growing up in the Philippines, Ken loved making up stories and drawing on scraps of paper. The grown-ups begged him to stop, but he just kept doodling anyway. Now he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is a professional dabbler and has tried everything from beekeeping, filmmaking, 3d printing, photography, coding, and race car driving.
Find out more at or social media sites @rabbleboy.

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Blogs to Follow

Write Away. Rosie J. Pova's blog with interviews with writers and editors about publishing and craft

For Writers

Don't Start a Scene Without These Four Essential Elements

How to Write a Novel in Present Tense: The Pros and Cons of Present Tense

How to Tell if Your Story Has Too Much Plot, Not Enough Character

Middle Grade

How To Avoid Plot Holes (Part I)

5 Facets to Make Your Fictional Characters More Realistic

How to Define Your Characters' Story Goals

8 Tips On How To Write Believable Friendships

Middle Grade Snapshot: Spring 2021

Indie Publishing 

How to Market Your Book to Get Worldwide Exposure

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  1. Kidlit411 comes through again with excellent book recommendations and words of wisdom for writers.

  2. Book looks great, can't wait to read it!

  3. These books are just great for my grandchild. You do an excellent job of guiding new writers,

  4. Chris Grabenstein-approved diabolically hysterical fun could be good!

  5. Thank you for all of these wonderful book recommendations@

  6. Both of these books will be fun to read!

  7. Such fun books! Can’t wait for Mischief and mayhem!

  8. The Little Spacecraft That Could sounds like such a cute book!

  9. Thank you for the chance to add these books to my classroom library!


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