The Weekly 411 (6/4/21)

© Gila von Meissner

 June 4, 2021, vol. 23

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 Gila von Meissner.

Picture Book Cover Reveal

We are excited to reveal the cover of the picture book, Hello, Hanukkah! by author-illustrator Susan S. Novich (Kar-Ben), coming out on October 1, 2021! Here it is:

About the Story: A friendly badger and charming hoopoe team up for a colorful counting adventure as they introduce kids to Hanukkah customs and traditions. Each night, after a day spent spinning dreidels, frying latkes or enjoying other holiday traditions, Badger counts and selects colorful candles to place in the menorah. Together, Badger and Hoopoe greet the holiday, wishing children a “Happy Hanukkah” with a colorful, brightly lit menorah. 


About the Author/Illustrator: Susan S. Novich is an author/illustrator who finds inspiration in the tiny scraps of paper that other people would likely throw away. She has a BA from Simmons College and a certificate in Children’s Book Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Her debut book, GUESS WHO IS BEHIND THE DOOR was released by Schiffer Kids in 2020. The mother of three grown children, Susan lives in Providence, RI with her husband, Bruce, and their dog Coco, a rescued Hananese. Susan is represented by Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary. Visit her at, or follow her on IG @susabeanstudios and Twitter @susannovich.

Author Spotlights

We are pleased to feature author Hannah Reynolds and her debut YA novel, THE SUMMER OF LOST LETTERS (Razorbill/ PRH), coming out on June 15! Enter to win a copy.

cover design by Maggie Edkins

We are excited to feature author Joanne Rossmassler Fritz and her debut MG novel, Everywhere Blue (Holiday House (June 1, 2021)). Enter to win a copy!

Illustration © Elena Megalos; cover design by Kerry Martin

We are excited to feature author Darshana Khiani and her debut picture book, How to Wear a Sari, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Versify), coming out on June 22. Enter to win a copy!

June Website Banner

It's the beginning of the month so we have a new Kidlit411 banner and Illustrator Spotlight on Gila von MeissnerCheck out the winners of our banner contest for 2021

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  1. Love checking out Kidlit resources and new book features. Thanks for another great weekly blog.


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