The Weekly 411 (4/8/22)

© Robin Hann-León

April 8, 2022 vol. 14

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 and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Robin Hann-León.

Author Spotlight

We are excited to feature author Karina Evans and her debut middle-grade novel, Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins!  WILKINS! (Little Brown Books for Young Readers), out on April 9. Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Marta Kissi @kissikissi_illustration 

Editor Spotlight

We are pleased to feature editor Robert Agis of Starry Forest Books. Starry Forest Books will give away one picture book manuscript critique (fiction or nonfiction) to one lucky reader! Enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, He Leads: Mountain Gorilla, the Gentle Giant, by June Smalls, illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara (Familius, March 2022). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: 
The majestic mountain gorillas live in family groups, led by a powerful silverback. Juxtaposing the apes’ awesome strength and surprising gentleness, He Leads tells the story of family loyalty and love. With stunning, lifelike illustrations and facts on each page, this beautiful picture book is a monument to these endangered gentle giants.


About the Author: June Smalls is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and author of both fiction and nonfiction books for kids. She resides in Northern Virginia with her hubby, The Kid, and an ever-growing assortment of animals.


About the Illustrator: Yumi Shimokawara is an illustrator, picture book writer, and animal lover living in Japan. Yumi studied Japanese literature in college and then studied painting while doing various jobs.

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Board Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the board book, How to Dress a Dinosaur by Robin Currie, illustrated by Alycia Pace (Familius, March 2022).

About the BookEvery parent knows the struggle of getting a child dressed and out the door. But with a cast of hilariously coiffed dinosaurs to teach toddlers how to stomp their feet into pant legs and reach their claws into shirts, getting dressed becomes a game.

About the Illustrator: Alycia Pace studied animation at Brigham Young University and is now a free-lance illustrator from her home in Utah, where she lives with her children and adventurous husband. Alycia loves fortune cookies, exploring new places, and the smell of bookstores.

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win ac copy of this gorgeous book.

  2. I'm kind of obsessed with primates, and gorillas in particular so this book cover makes my eyes so happy! :) Congrats!

  3. Thanks for highlighting this great assortment of books and authors!

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on HE LEADS. What beautiful art work.

  5. This post is just FULL of great books to read! Congratulations to all!

  6. I am an avid reader and always wanted to be a published author. I worked one year to write my first novel. When I approached a publisher, Along with other stats the number of reviews on my book mattered. I used to get 100+ reviews. This immensely helped me get a traditional publisher. Now I am also looking to sell movie rights for my novel to a medium sized studio in Hollywood.


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