The Weekly 411 (11/26/21)


© Charlene Chua

Nov. 26, 2021 vol. 48

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Charlene Chua.

Author Spotlights 

We are excited to feature author Victor Pineiro and his debut middle grade novel, Time Villains (Sourcebooks), out now. Watch for Book 2, Monster Problems, coming out in July 2022.  Enter to win a copy of TIME VILLAINS!

cover art © David Miles

We are excited to feature author Kao Kalia Yang and her picture book, Yang Warriors, illustrated by Billy Thao (University of Minnesota Press). Enter to win a copy!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are happy to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship, by Kim Tomsic, illustrated by Hadley Hooper (Chronicle Books). Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter widget below!

About the book: The amazing true story of a herd of elephants, the man who saved them, and the miracle of love that brought them home. One day in 1999, Lawrence Anthony and Fran├žoise Malby hear that a herd of wild African elephants needs a new home. They welcome the elephants to their wildlife sanctuary—Thula Thula—with open arms. But the elephants are much less sure they want to stay. How will Lawrence prove to them that they are safe and loved? What follows is a gorgeously illustrated real-life story of a friendship . . . and the story of the miraculous way that love given freely will return—greater and more wonderful than it began.

About the Author: Kim Tomsic is also the author of the nonfiction picture book Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World. Kim is the mother of two children and divides her time between Boulder, Colorado, and Scottsdale, Arizona. She serves on the board of her father's charity (Friends of Haiti).

About the Illustrator: Hadley Hooper is an illustrator and painter. Some of her previous books include the award-winning The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse and Mabel and Sam at Home. This is her eighth picture book. She lives in Denver with her partner, Hugh, and dog, Augie. Elephants are her favorite animals, but dogs are a very close second.

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FREE Gift and Giveaway

We are pleased to share a special giveaway from long-time friend of Kidlit411 Sarah Maynard: a 45-miute coaching session. Plus, claim your free social media audit kit (link below).

About the giveaway: Your digital presence includes any way you appear online such as showing up on social media, maintaining a solid base on a website, or connecting with followers in newsletters. We can’t make changes to improve until we know where we are starting from. This FREE Social Media Self Audit from the Start Effect will let you see what exactly you have been posting over a period of time all in one place. Then you can make any revisions you think you need going forward!

Start off 2022 feeling more confident and efficient in your digital presence! One member of the Kidlit 411 community will win a 45 minute coaching session with Sarah Maynard focused on their individual digital presence needs. Get a first look at your website, your social media profiles, your newsletters, it's up to you! Enter the GIVEAWAY here. No purchase necessary to enter. Contest closes on December 4, 2021 at 11:45 PM EST. One winner will be contacted by email. 


In this week of thankfulness, we are grateful for all of you—authors, illustrators, and creates in the publishing industry—for all your support and community over a very difficult year. If you enjoy this weekly update or our Facebook group of fellow authors and illustrators, please consider supporting Kidlit411. Any amount is appreciated. THANK YOU!


  1. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this exciting book!

  2. This will be a fun book to read with my granddaughters

  3. I have been wanting to see Kim's book since it came out. It looks amazing!

  4. I've never heard this elephant "tail"--sounds fascinating and the artwork is amazing!

  5. Thanks for sharing. This will be an interesting book!

  6. I love that this is based on a true story.


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