The Weekly 411 (6/24/22)


© Lisa Johnston Hancock

June 24, 2022 vol. 25

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 Lisa Johnston Hancock.

Kid Lit News

Clarion Announces New Imprint Headed by Linda Sue Park

Author Spotlights

We are pleased to feature author Laura K. Zimmerman and her debut picture book, Mushroom Rain, illustrated by Jamie Green (Sleeping Bear Press 2022). Enter to win a copy!

We are pleased to feature author Terry Catasús Jennings and her two books, middle grade biography in verse, Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist, written with Rosita Stevens-Holsey, illustrated by Ashanti Fortson (Yellow Jacket 2022), and The Little House of Hope, illustrated by Raúl Colón (Neal Porter Books, June 14, 2022). Enter to win a copy of both books!

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of Jack the Unicorn, by Joe Borda, illustrated by The Ople. Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: Who says unicorns are just for girls? Jack the Unicorn follows Jack, a boy unicorn, as he explores his many different types of likes and dislikes. This rhyming picture book, geared toward 2 years old to 6 years old, is packed with vibrant images of Jack and his family and friends. Jack's story shows all kids that no matter who they are, they can have many varied interests, like firefighting, dancing, pirates and princesses, too.


About the Author: Joe Borda lives in northeast Pennsylvania with his wife and son. While his day job consists of leading a team in information technology, his nights and weekends are filled with family time and telling stories to his very imaginative son. He likes coffee, writing, cooking and traveling the east coast with his family.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sept. 21 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET #PitBlk
  • What: pitch your kid lit project (PB, MG, YA) on Twitter
  • Who: unagented Black writers and illustrators 
  • Prize: attention/requests from agents & editors


  1. I love the idea behind Jack the Unicorn and know this book will appeal to all readers.

  2. A unicorn book for boys! Love it. Posted by Sue Young.


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