The Weekly 411 (9/23/22)


© Teresa Robeson

Sept. 23, 2022 vol. 38

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 Teresa Robeson.

Author Spotlight

We're excited to feature author Anita Kharbanda and her young adult novel,  LIONESS OF PUNJAB (Yali Books) out now. Enter to win a copy by clicking on the link to the author spotlight!

Cover Artist Name: Anantjeet Kaur (instagram: @drawkaurys) 

Special Picture Book Giveaway and SNEAK PEEK TRAILER

We're excited to feature a giveaway of the picture book, Footprints Across the Planet, by Jennifer Swanson (Reycraft Books, Aug 2022). In addition, we have a sneak peek of the book trailer below! Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: 
Every footprint―from the physical to the digital and the permanent to the fleeting―leaves a mark on Earth telling a story of the past, the present, or the future. 

Journey around the world and experience through these vivid photographs how every being on the planet leaves an imprint, with their feet, their words, their actions. Whether human or animal, voices or activity, each mark has a purpose. To remind us of our history, give us a glimpse of our future, and maybe even inspire us to change the world. 


What type of imprint will YOU leave? 


About the Author: Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 45 books for children. She is also a teacher, podcast host, and STEM/STEAM advocate. When not writing, Jennifer likes to walk on the beach with her husband and her dogs. Her goal is to help people notice the science all around them!

And here is the sneak peek of the trailer:

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, How to Be a Rock Star, by Lisa Tolin, illustrated by Daniel Duncan (Putnam/PRH) out now. Enter to win a copy with the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: 
In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book debut, one little kid who really loves to rock and roll explains everything there is to know about starting a rock band.

“A joyous, raucous must-have manual for little rock stars everywhere.” —Savannah Guthrie, Today show co-anchor
Becoming a rock star isn’t easy—especially if you’re a kid. From finding the right instrument, to mastering the best dance moves, to taking your band on the road, there’s a lot to consider! And that’s not to mention dealing with critics, crazed fans, and a little brother with a chocolate milk problem . . . Luckily, this book has everything you need to know to make it big.

About the Author: Lisa Tolin is a journalist and editor. How to Be a Rock Star is her debut picture book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young sons, who provided the inspiration for this book. Visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @lisatolin.

About the Illustrator: Daniel Duncan is the author and illustrator of South. He has also illustrated many books for children, including The Purple Puffy Coat by Maribeth Boelts and The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer by Mara Rockliff. Follow him on Twitter @DanielDuncan or on Instagram @daniel_duncan_illustration.


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Contests & Awards

  • What: write a 200-word story, poem, or mood piece based on image prompts
  • Who: un-agented writers
  • Prizes: critiques from agents, editors, authors; books, more

  • Whatpitch your MG or younger graphic novel projects
  • Who: un-agented writers or illustrators 
  • Prize: attention/requests from kid lit agents and editors


  1. This book is a lot of fun!
    Congratulations on your debut book, Lisa!
    Mia Geiger

  2. Both of these books look fun to read!

  3. What a beautiful trailer Jan has for her book-lively and thought provoking in the best way!

    1. Oh, goodness! I meant to type Jennifer and somehow typed Jan instead! So sorry, Jennifer!

  4. I love the idea of footprints and impact being tied together with such beautiful photography! And I can never get enough funny picture books! Both of theses look like real gems.

  5. How To Be A Rock Star looks great. I can't wait to read it!

  6. How to be a Rockstar cover looks so fun. Footprints: love this idea! "What type of imprint will you leave?" Nice.

  7. The trailer for Footprints Across the Planet brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful idea for a book and I like that there are photos. Looking forward to getting this book!

  8. I've seen Footprints already and it is fabulous! Looking forward to checking out How to Be a Rock Star!

  9. These books all look fantastic. Jennifer's book on footprints is on my tbr list for sure!


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