The Weekly 411 (12/17/21)

© Naoko Stoop


Dec. 17. 2021 vol. 51

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 Naoko Stoop.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature Christine Van Zandt and her debut picture book, A Brief History of Underpants, illustrated by Harry Briggs (Quarto Kids 2021)Enter to win a copy!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, T. Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes, by Anna Lazowski, illustrated by Steph Laberis (RandomHouse Kids 2021). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below!

About the book: Bees can't ride bicycles, penguins can't play ping-pong, and zebras can't go zip-lining. No one is good at everything, but that shouldn't stop you from trying! Here is a funny and encouraging picture book for any child learning how to tie their shoes, ride a bike, spell their name, or do a variety of new things. Follow a hilarious alphabet of animals, and see all the things they can't do but kids can—from doing gymnastics to flipping pancakes to playing a xylophone. Along the way, young readers will learn that it's okay if they can't do everything; they can still have a LOT of fun trying.

About the Author: Anna Lazowski is an award-winning senior producer at CBC Radio, based in Winnipeg. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Honors) degree from the University of Manitoba. T. Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes is her first book. Her second book, Dark Cloud, will be published by Kids Can Press in spring of 2023.


About the Illustrator: Steph Laberis graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She creates art for children’s products, toys, and books, including the Little Golden Books' My Little Golden Book About Sharks and The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn’t.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest and Awards

  • What: apply for a grant and support for marketing a book 
  • Who: SCBWI member from an underrepresented community with a book coming out in Fall 2022-Spring 2023
  • Prize: $5000 grants plus SCBWI advertising and support 

Feb. 17 PBPitch

  • What: pitch your picture book idea
  • Prize: agent and editor attention and invitations to query


  1. Fun books and serious query critiques added to my day. Thank you!

  2. Wow. This issue is packed full of great writer resources. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for the post and chance to win a copy of this fun book for mentor text and sharing.

  4. Mia Geiger
    This alphabet book is so much fun! So clever and delightful illustrations!

  5. Another great writeup! Thank you for sharing!

  6. This sounds like such a fun and clever book. Congrats, anna.

  7. Can't wait to read this book. Congratulations Anna!

  8. I am a Children's Fiction author and it is very difficult to get reviews and visibility. Getting book reviews from bloggers is more and more difficult these days. helped me get initial reviews and visibility.

  9. T-Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes sounds hilarious and so fun!! Can't wait to read it!

  10. This book is great (love the fun facts in the back matter, as well as the zany illustrations/situations throughout); the growth mindset underlying the whole thing makes it perfect to share with any kid. :)

  11. This book looks like a ton of fun!! And thanks for sharing so many great resources!


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