The Weekly 411 (10/29/21)
|© Megan Higgins
Oct. 29, 2021 vol. 44
Kid Lit News
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We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade anthology, Mightier than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing, by Rochelle Melander, illustrated by Melina Ontiveros (Beaming Books, July 2021). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.
About the book: Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing is a middle grade social justice book pairing life changing writing exercises with the stories of a diverse group of people who changed lives and communities throughout history. The book features people from a variety of disciplines who used their words to educate people about the stars, gain women’s rights, end slavery, save the environment, protest injustice, and more.
About the Author: Rochelle Melander wrote her first book at seven and has published 11 books for adults. Mightier Than the Sword is her debut book for children. She’s a professional certified coach, an artist educator and the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, children, and two dogs. She blogs at writenowcoach.com or rochellemelander.com
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Picture Book Giveaway
We are also excited to feature a giveaway for the picture book, Dancing in Thata's Footsteps, by Srividhya Venkat, illustrated by Kavita Ramchandran (Yali Books 2021). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below!
About the Book: Varun is fascinated by the rhythm and grace of bharatanatyam, a dance from India that his sister, Varsha, is learning to perfect. He tries a few moves at home in secret because...well, boys don't dance, do they? His thatha thinks otherwise. Will Thatha be able to convince Varun to dance in his footsteps? A heartwarming picture book about an intergenerational Indian-American family discovering a shared love for bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form that continues to fascinate young dancers across the globe.
About the Illustrator: Kavita Ramchandran is a graphic designer and self-taught illustrator with more than 14 years experience in the children's educational and entertainment spaces. She has art directed magazines, designed kids text books, illustrated apps and created animated shorts for Nick Jr. Originally from Bombay, she moved to New York City, to pursue an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. Growing up, she’s always loved children's books, but never knew it could be ‘real job’, and is so excited to make her debut as a picture book illustrator with Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps.
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