The Weekly 411 (6/17/22)

© Maia Batumashvili

 June 17, 2022 vol. 24

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 Maia Batumashvili.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Emily Thiede and her debut YA novel, This Vicious Grace (Wednesday Books) out on June 28. Enter to win a copy!

Cover art by Kemi Mai, designer Kerri Resnick

We are excited to feature author Adam Lehrhaupt and his new picture book, There Was a Hole! (Sleeping Bear Press April 2022) Enter to win a copy!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife Research, by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan (Chicago Review Press, 2022). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: These 15 women work with animals on land, air, and sea. Corina Newsome is saving seaside sparrows while Michelle LaRue uses satellites to study Antarctic birds. Lizzy Lowe takes on what many fear in researching spiders, and Erin Ashe lives out the dream of many studying dolphins and whales. Kristen Hecht chases the elusive hellbender amphibian while Enik√∂ Kubinyi uses robots to get information on wolf pups. These women are working on issues that intersect with biodiversity, species conservation, biology, and more. They stand out for their work in their fields and are also dedicated to science communication to share their knowledge with others. They challenge the assumptions of who a scientist is and what a scientist looks like.These diverse, modern women are pushing the boundaries of their scientific fields while empowering others to pursue their dreams.


About the Author: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is an author and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. She loves exploring history and science and has been a science educator on stage and a historical re-enactor at museums. Now, she gets to continue being curious as an author! She’s written a dozen fiction and nonfiction books and graphic novels. She’s written for textbooks and online educational content. She writes fiction, nonfiction, crafts, and recipes for magazines, including her favorite: Highlights for Children. She is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Pennsylvania: West and represented by Miranda Paul. 

Elizabeth lives with her family and pet schnoodle. She loves board games, birding, and baking. She’s a lifelong runner, avid community scientist, and can usually deliver the punchline.

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Writing Courses

Oct. 8, 2022 Picture Book Summit: The Write Stuff, Creating Picture Books that Ae Our of this World. Join a one-day virtual conference with stellar superstar speakers; innovative workshops on the craft of writing picture books; agent and editor submission opportunitie; seven hours of picture book insight and instruction; a private Facebook group just for attendees. Replays through January 31, 2023

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Happy Writing


  1. I enjoy reading about science topics in picture books. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  2. I can't wait to read Animal Allies. It sounds intriguing.

  3. Animal Allies sounds like a fantastic book--I can't wait to read it!

  4. I have a group of fourth grade students who love to read biographies of strong females. This would be perfect for them!

  5. I'm so excited for Animal Allies! I have a request in at my library but am excited for the chance to win a copy of my own :)

  6. Animal Allies would be perfect for my son's title 1 Montessori school.


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