The Weekly 411 (4/15/22)


© Agnes Saccani

April 15, 2022 vol. 15

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 Agnes Saccani

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature debut middle-grade author Tracy Badua and her debut middle-grade novel Freddie vs. the Family Curse (Clarion) out on May 3, 2022. Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature picture book author Songju Ma Daemicke and her new picture book, To Yo-yo's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria, illustrated by Lin (Albert Whitman 2021). Enter to win a copy!

Two Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of two picture books by author Karen Jameson, Where the Wee Ones Go: A Bedtime Wish for Endangered Animals, illustrated by Zosienka (Chronicle Kids, April 26, 2022), and Time to Shine: Celebrating the World's Iridescent Animals, illustrated by Dave Murray (Groundwood Books, May 3, 2022). Enter to win both books using the Rafflecopter below!

About Where the Wee Ones GoWhere do endangered animals go to sleep? Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of this bedtime picture book and find out. From the Pacific Ocean to China’s mountains, the Australian outback, and beyond, each baby animal has a warm, safe place to fall asleep. Snuggle close like a sweet panda, curl up like a cozy koala, and drift off like a drowsy elephant, letting the sweeping environments and soothing bedtime rituals of this gentle animal lullaby lull even the most restless little dreamers into a deep and peaceful sleep.

About Time to ShineHave you ever noticed the rainbow-like shimmer on certain bird feathers, insect bodies and animal scales? This effect, called iridescence, changes depending on the angle from which it is viewed, and animals across the globe use the effect to both blend in and stand out. In playful rhyming couplets, Time to Shine takes a closer look at these creatures and their sparkly “clothes,” from the mallard duck’s shining green flying “cap,” which allows the birds to coordinate flight movements, to the reed frog’s heat reflecting “vest,” to the hummingbird’s sequinned “costume,” which helps to attract a mate.

About the Author: Karen Jameson is a children's author and poet based in Southern California. Her lyrical picture books include Moon Babies, illustrated by Amy Hevron, Woodland Dreams, illustrated by Marc Boutavant and Farm Lullaby, illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan. Her 2022 releases include Where the Wee Ones Go (illustrated by Zosienka) and Time to Shine (illustrated by Dave Murray). A former classroom teacher, Karen enjoys exploring the wonder of nature and animals through her writing.

About the Illustrator (Where the Wee Ones Go): Zosienka is a Hampshire, England based artist who grew up in South Africa, Poland, and the United Kingdom. She's the illustrator of Where the Wee Ones Go and Baby Bird, and the author-illustrator of The Moon Keeper. 

About the Illustrator (Time to Shine)Dave Murray is a digital illustrator known for his graphic, highly stylized work. His growing list of clients includes the NHL, Canada Post and Airbnb. When he's not in his Toronto studio, Dave can be found cycling, playing hockey, walking his dog and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. Time to Shine is his first children's book.

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  1. These books sound amazing and I can't wait to read them.

  2. Tracy Badua's book looks amazing. I live in Nigeria so I'm also intrigued by the book on malaria.

  3. All thes books shown look adorable and interesting!

  4. These books are adorable, the covers are great!

  5. 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.

  6. Karen, your books look so sweet and beautiful!! Love that you added interesting animal topics and wove them into a bedtime book. Inspiring!

  7. Oh, both of these books look beautiful! I love the theme of both of them. Congratulations!


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