The Weekly 411 (8/6/21)

© Rachel Michelle Wilson

 Aug. 6, 2021 vol. 32

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 Rachel Michelle Wilson.

Cover Reveal

We are excited to reveal the cover of The Garden We Share by Zoë Tucker, illustrated by Julianna Swaney (NorthSouth Books, March 22, 2022). Check out this beautiful cover!

About the Book: To everything there is a season in this beautiful story about gardening, seasons, and treasured memories.

This inspiring picture book celebrates the friendship between a young girl and an elderly woman as they plant seeds in a community garden alongside friends and neighbors, waiting for the seeds to flower. By mid-summer, the friends welcome a rainbow of color in the garden and picnics in the sun. At harvest, the young girl’s elderly friend is bed-ridden, but jubilant as they share baskets with red tomatoes and snap peas amid the sweet smell of lavender. When the last leaves fall, everything is different. But in the spring, hope arises anew.

About the Author: Zoë Tucker is passionate about picture books and spends (almost) every day in the world of children’s publishing. Working as an art director and designer, she has the opportunity to work with authors, artists, and publishers from all over the world. Zoë lives and works on the south coast of England, with her husband, Adam, and her cat, Murray, and she uses a computer (almost) every day! She is the author of many children’s books includingGreta and the Giants (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) and Ada and the Number-Crunching Machine (NorthSouth Books). 

About the Illustrator:  Julianna Swaney illustrates children’s books for a living and couldn’t feel luckier to have such an amazing job. She is the illustrator of many books including #1 New York Times bestselling The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines. Julianna lives with her partner in a 1911 craftsman bungalow in Portland, Oregon and loves reading 19th century literature written by women. This is her first book for NorthSouth. Visit her at


Illustration Contest

We are running our annual Kidlit411 Website Banner Illustration contest! Be sure to enter by October 15.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Colleen Paeff and her picture book, The Great Stink : How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Margaret K. McElderry Books) out on August 31. Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Jessica Speer and her debut middle-grade book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girl's Guide to Happy Friendships, illustrations by Elowyn Dickerson (Familius), out on Aug. 17. Enter to win a signed copy!

We are excited to feature author Ginny Sain and her debut young adult novel, Dark and Shallow Lies (Razorbill/Penguin), out on Sept. 7. Enter to win a copy (to be mailed out in September)!

cover design by Kristi Radwilowicz

  • What: submit your bannerdesign for Kidlit411's website
  • Who: illustrators over age 13
  • Prizes: Cash ($150/$100 for top places), an Illustrator Spotlight, use of your banner on our sites for 1 month in 2022


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