The Weekly 411 (8/12/22)

© Samantha LeDuc


Aug. 12, 2022 vol. 32

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 Samantha LeDuc.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Refe Tuma and his debut middle-grade novel, Frances and the Monster (HarperCollins), out on August 23. Enter to win a copy!

art by Brandon Dorman

We are excited to feature author JC Peterson and her debut middle-grade novel, Being Mary Bennet (HarperTeen 2022). Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Jacqueline Li

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, If Your Babysitter is a Bruja, by Ana Siquiera, illustrated by Irena Freitas (Simon & Schuster for Young Readers) out on August 23. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: On the night before Halloween, a new babysitter might be more than she appears. If she wears a black sombrero and cackles like a crow, she might just be a bruja! One little girl is determined not to fall victim to an evil witch or her cats. She knows bath time is really the bruja’s way of putting her in a boiling cauldron, and the only way to keep her at bay is with a magic potion—or is it? With boundless imagination and plenty of tricks up her sleeve, the young protagonist may just have the best night ever!

About the Author: Ana Siqueira is an award-winning author from Brazil who cackles but doesn’t wear hats. When not flying with brujas, she teaches Spanish to adorable little ones, where she casts a learning spell that nobody can resist. Besides Bella’s Recipe for Success and If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja, Ana has also published a Spanish early reader for the education market. She loves being an abuela and a vov√≥ to her Cuban-Brazilian American grandkids. She lives in Florida with her husband, who just might be a wizard.

About the Illustrator: Irena Freitas is an award-winning artist and illustrator. She has an MFA in illustration from SCAD and loves illustrating people, funny situations that happen in daily life, and whimsical stories. When she is not reading and illustrating books she likes to travel and visit new places. Irena lives in Manaus, Brazil.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these great new reads!

  2. Lovely books coming out!! I cannot wait to read If Your Babysitter is a Bruja!! Congrats to all the authors and illustrators!!


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