The Weekly 411 (11/11/22)

© Isabella Kung

 Nov. 11, 2022 vol. 44

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 Isabella Kung.

Kidlit News

HarperCollins Union Workers Planning Second Strike in November

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Helen H. Wu and her debut picture book Tofu Takes Time, illustrated by Julie Jarema (Beaming Books 2022), and her book Long Goes to Dragon School, illustrated by Mae Besom (Yeehoo Press), coming out on Feb. 23, 2023. Enter to win signed copies of both her books!

We are excited to feature author-illustrator Joan Waites and her new book A Bone for Bo: Painting with Georgia O'Keeffe (Schiffer Kids), coming out on Nov. 22. Enter to win a copy!


Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Bonnie's Rocket, by Emeline Lee, illustrated by Alina Chao (Lee & Low Books 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Bonnie's father is an engineer for the Apollo 11 space mission. Bonnie is an engineer too, developing a rocket that she plans to shoot high into the sky. While Baba works far from home on the moon-landing module, Bonnie designs, builds, and tests her own rocket — with sometimes disastrous results! Will she succeed in time for Baba's return? Inspired by the experiences of the author's grandfather, who helped design the space suits and life-support systems on the Apollo 11 lunar module, Bonnie's Rocket celebrates the diverse team that contributed to one of the United States's greatest achievements.

About the Author: Emeline Lee grew up hearing stories about her grandfather's work on the Apollo 11 moon landing, which inspired her own fascination with science. She studied English literature and environmental sustainability at Columbia University, and she now works in the renewable energy sector in New York City. This is her first picture book. Find her on the web at and follow her on social media at @EmelineLeeBooks.

About the Illustrator: Alina Chau dreamed of being an astronaut when she grew up, but instead went on to a career as an award-winning artist and filmmaker. She illustrated The Nian Monster, which received the 2018 APALA Picture Book Honor, alongside many other beautiful picture books. Her animation credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars; and numerous best-selling games. She lives in southern California. Visit her website at and find her on Instagram at @alinachau.

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Have You Seen Mouse? written and illustrated by Beverly Love Warren (Spork 2022). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.


About the Book:  When Humphry, a bear, discovers his best friend has moved away, he searches the forest to find him, only to return home alone. It is then that he learns how much his friend loves him. Have You Seen Mouse? shows the young reader the devotion and perseverance of a true friendship.

About the Author-Illustrator: Beverly is the illustrator for Fishing with Grandpa and Skye by Candace Spizzirri and My Child My Princess by Beth Moore. Have You Seen Mouse? is her debut picture book as an author-illustrator. She is a former K-8th art teacher and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied illustration and design. She is an active member of SCBWI, 12x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, and her marketing group, PB22Peekaboo. Beverly makes her home in Washington state where she lives with her husband. When she is not illustrating or writing stories, you can find her hiking, at church, in her garden or enjoying time spent with her three children and six grandchildren.

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Contests & Awards

  • What: apply of grant
  • Who: SCBWI members interested in self-publishing
  • Prize: $2500 grant to be used to self-publish a book

Nov. 1 - Nov. 30 Spark Award
  • Who: SCBWI member with a nontraditionally published book
  • Prize: $1,000 plus free tuition to a SCBWI conference

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win copies of these picture books to read and review.

  2. This looks like a great read. Can't wait to share with my students.

  3. These picture books look great! I love the historical fiction of the early space race era!

  4. Bonnie's Rocket looks like the perfect book for a young space cadet.

  5. I love Isabella's illustration. Books do, indeed, help a reader navigate stormy seas.

  6. Love the cover. Makes me want to read the book!

  7. These books both look like they'll be engaging for young readers. My school has a lot of students move in and out during the year, so books about moving are always helpful for them.

  8. This book looks great! Think my twins will love it!

  9. Love reading the back story, both titles will make interesting reading.


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