The Weekly 411 (12/16/22)

© Mags DeRoma

 Dec. 16, 2022 vol. 49

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 Mags DeRoma.

Author and Illustrator Spotlights

We are excited to feature illustrator Mags DeRoma and her recent picture book, To Make, written by Danielle Davis (Katherine Tegen Books 2022). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Shirin Shamsi and her debut picture book, The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition, illustrated by Tarun Lak (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2022)). Enter to win a copy!

Picture Book + Coloring Book Giveaway

We're pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Finding Familiars, by Tim Devine, illustrated by Leo Assis (Dice Up Games 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!


About the book: Finding Familiars is a whimsical, rhyming picture book for lovers of nature, magic and imagination. It introduces readers to the Familiar Finders Society, who seek out and observe magical creatures known as Familiars. With its lyrical rhymes and cozy illustrations, Finding Familiars makes a wonderful read-aloud or early reader book. 


About the author: Tim Devine has been writing, creating and playing in imaginary worlds all his life and, now the father of two young, imaginative children, he has no plans to stop. An ENnie Award winning writer and tabletop game designer, his work has been published in storytelling games, such as Adorablins, Questlings, and Color My Quest. Living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, he and his family are often out exploring nature, having fun and enjoying games together.


About the illustrator: Leo Assis is an illustrator based in Brazil, where he worked as a graphic designer, but his real passion is illustration. Humor and adventure are always present in his drawings and in many aspects of his life. Leo has fun creating interesting characters and unusual scenes and much of his inspiration comes from the little, everyday things in life.

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  1. Saturday morning just got better with kidlit411. The beautiful illustrations showcase fabulous books.

  2. I enjoy reading books centered on nature and this one accompanied by a coloring book will also make a great gift.

  3. Congratulations on such a beautiful book!

  4. Looks like an interesting story and fun read! Looks like my daughter and I would love this.

  5. This book looks great! think my twins will love it!


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