The Weekly 411 (6/10/22)

© Maggie Edkins Willis

 June 10, 2022 vol. 23

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 Maggie Edkins Willis.

Author & Author-Illustrator Spotlights 

We are excited to feature author & Kidlit411 co-creator Sylvia Liu and her middle grade science fiction novel, Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation (Razorbill/PRH), out on June 21! Enter to win a signed copy!

cover art by Fiona Hsieh; design by Jessica Jenkins

We are excited to feature author-illustrator Maggie Edkins Willis and her debut middle grade graphic novel, Smaller Sister (Roaring Brook Press), out on June 14! Enter to win a copy.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Dodos are NOT Extinct! by Paddy Donnelly (Yeehoo Press 2022). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: 
Psst! Hey you! Can you keep a secret? Dodos are NOT extinct! In fact, if you look extra closely, you might be able to spot other extinct animals . . . like woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose.

Author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly delivers a silly, animal-filled read that is perfect for story time sharing at home or for the classroom. Nonfiction back matter jam-packed with facts about the endangered and extinct animals featured in the story makes this creative book as educational as it is fun.

About the Author-Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly is an award winning Irish author and illustrator of many children’s books, including The Vanishing Lake, which was the 2021 IPPY Gold Medal winner. He grew up on the north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures, and shape-shifting animals, all set in a stunning landscape from another time. All of this prompted his love of nature, animals, the sea, and storytelling. He creates his illustrations digitally and loves working with a textured, painterly approach. Paddy lives in Belgium. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Middle Grade 


  1. I checked this fun book out from the library and enjoyed it. Thank you for the chance to win a keeper copy.

  2. Thanks for the chance!!

  3. I can't wait to read about Dodo birds with my kids.

  4. Love the cover! Looking forward to reading this one.

  5. The Dodo cover is a hoot--such a clever concept!

  6. You had me at Dodo. And the amazing cover! Can't wait to read this one!

  7. Your book looks awesome, Paddy!! I can't wait to check it out! Such a cool concept :)

  8. I really enjoyed lthe humor in THE VANISHING LAKE. I'm sure DODOS ARE NOT EXTINCT is just as much fun.

  9. This looks like so much fun! Congratulations, Paddy!


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