The Weekly 411 (7/2/21)


© Mateja Lukežič

July 2, 2021 vol. 27

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 Mateja Lukežič.

Author Spotlights

We are thrilled to feature author Alysa Wishingrad and her debut middle-grade novel, The Verdigris Pawn  (HarperCollins), coming out July 13! Enter to win a copy!

Book design by Laura Mock; Illustration by Júlia Sàrda


We are excited to feature author Shakirah Bourne and her debut middle grade novel, Josephine Against the Sea (Scholastic) coming out July 6. Enter to win an Advanced Reader Copy!

  Illustrator: Ejiwa "Edge" Ebenebe 
Cover Design: Keirsten Geise

We are thrilled to feature author Jennifer Frank and her debut picture book, The Worm Family Has its Picture Taken, illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Anne Schwartz Books, May 2021) Enter to win a copy!

Illustrator Spotlight

This week we also featured illustrator Margie Yoder and her Kidlit411 banner design for the month of July.

© Margie Yoder

For Writers

Wired for Story (TED talk by Lisa Cron)

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  1. Always such great interviews and book information, KidLit411! I look forward to learning about new choices for my libraries every time I get one of your newsletters.

  2. This is such a great list of books. I love reading about how authors began writing for children.

  3. I love the worm family! Hard to believe this is a debut PB, but I'm sure there will be more to follow. Congratulations to Jennifer!


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