The Weekly 411 (2/3/23)

© Priscilla Alpaugh

 Feb. 3, 2023 vol. 5

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 Priscilla Alpaugh.

Illustrator Spotlight

We are excited to feature illustrator Sue Cottrill and her website banner design for February 2023.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Benford Draws a Blank, by Danielle Dufayet, illustrated by Katia Klein (Capstone Editions, Jan. 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Benford loves art, and his very first canvas is ready and waiting! But he can't think of a single thing to paint. Not one! Nothing! His mind is completely BLANK! How will Benford break free from his painter's block? Author Danielle Dufayet highlights the importance of silencing the inner critic by letting go of perfectionism and letting loose so the magic can happen!

About the Author:  When Danielle Dufayet isn't writing, she's turning her blank canvases into colorful works of art while listening to her favorite music. The author of several picture books, You Are Your Strong, Fantastic You and Waiting Together, she holds a B.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing and a M.S. in Psychology. Danielle lives in sunny San Jose, California, and teaches English and Self-Empowerment classes to kids in grades 3-12. Follow her artwork a  and her books at


About the Illustrator: Katia Klein's passion is to tell stories and bring them to life with her illustrations, writing, or acting. With passion fueling everything she does, illustrating allows Katia's imagination to become reality. She has illustrated books such as Always with Me, A Different Fairy, and Papi Comeninos. Katia lives in Madrid, Spain.

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the nonfiction picture book, Deep, Deep Down: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench, by Lydia Ludikis, illustrated by Juan Calle (Capstone Editions, Jan. 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Deep, deep down, at the very bottom of the ocean, lies a secret world. Through lyrical narration, this spare-text STEM picture book takes readers on a journey to a place very few humans have ever been--the Mariana Trench. The imagined voyage debunks scary myths about this mysterious place with surprising and beautiful truths about life at Earth's deepest point. Deep, Deep Down: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench shows a vibrant world far below, and teaches readers how interconnected our lives are to every place on the planet.


About the Author: Lydia Lukidis is the author of 50+ trade and educational books for children, as well as 31 e-Books. Her titles include Deep, Deep Down: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench (Capstone, 2023) and The Broken Bees' Nest (Kane Press, 2019) which was nominated for a Cybils Award. A science enthusiast from a young age, she now incorporates her studies in science and her everlasting curiosity into her books. Find her at her website:, Twitter: @LydiaLukidis, Facebook:, Blog:, and check out the book trailer.


About the Illustrator:  Juan Calle is a former biologist turned science illustrator, trained on the Science Illustration program at UC Monterrey Bay. He worked early on his illustrator career for field guides of plants and animals of this country of origin, Colombia, and now owns and works in his art studio, LIBERUM DONUM in Bogotá, Colombia, creating art, storyboarding and his passion: comic books. 

For more information, please visit his website.

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  1. These picture books look wonderful!! So excited to check out Benford Draws a Blank and Deep, Deep Down. Congrats to the authors and illustrators!!

  2. These look like wonderful books! Can’t wait to check them out!

  3. These picture books look great. Definitely ones my students will enjoy! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  4. These books will be fun to read. Too bad the second rafflecopter states the contest is over.

  5. Deep Deep Down is so good! Would love to win a copy of Benson Draws a Blank. I'm sure it's something I can relate to in many ways.

  6. Both books look great! Putting them on my list!

  7. The cover art for both of these picture books is gorgeous. I look forward to reading what’s inside.

  8. What brilliant ideas for picture books! I'm happy to see both have been beautifully realized.

  9. Two great picture books! I know the art teacher at my school would love to share Benford Draws a Blank with our students.

  10. Both of these picture books sound captivating, in different but equally creative ways.

  11. These books look great!


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