The Weekly 411 (12/10/21)


© Julie Koon

Dec. 10, 2021 vol. 50

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 Julie Koon.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature, by Kristen Nordstrom, illustrated by Paul Boston (Charlesbridge Publishing). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Mimic Makers profiles ten inventors from around the globe. These innovators study nature, make mind-blowing discoveries, and apply these new ideas to inventions that help people and our planet. How could the beak of a bird help quiet one of the fastest trains around? How could the bumps on a beetle’s back help people collect clean drinking water? Dive into Mimic Makers! (Charlesbridge Publising - Released July 13, 2021)

AAAS/Subaru Children’s Science Picture Book Finalist 2021

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author: Kristen Nordstrom is a writer and full-time public school teacher at a Title I STEAM Academy in California. She is passionate about connecting children to nature and the wonders of science through the Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on exploration, and AMAZING books! She has trained through the Lawrence Hall of Science and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the SCBWI.  

About the Illustrator: Paul Boston grew up in the English countryside surrounded by nature. As a child he enjoyed learning the names of butterflies, moths, and birds around him. As an illustrator, his inspirations are 1950s children's books, antique maps and diagrams, 17th Century engravings, gothic art, and Japanese prints. He also illustrated My Little Golden Book about Airplanes. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature Elizabeth Pagel Hogan and her middle grade nonfiction book, The Science and Technology of Leonard Da Vinci, illustrated by Micah Rauch (Nomad Press, 2021). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature Chad and Dad (Charles) Richardson and their debut picture book, Family Reunion, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin (Barefoot Books, 2021)Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Linda Steinbock and her picture book, Lockdown Hair, illustrated by Alexandra Rusu (March 2021). Be sure to enter to win a free school visit ($250 value) from Linda (see instructions in the spotlight)!

Breaking the Fourth Wall in Picture Books


  1. I would enjoy reading and learning about how people have studied animals to improve inventions and help people.

  2. As a California naturalist, and state park docent, I can't wait to read this!

  3. I would love to add this book to my school's library! I know my students would find it fascinating.

  4. This looks amazing. I love how science is introduced so attractively in kids books nowadays.


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