The Weekly 411 (3/17/23)

© Tali Khivrich

March 17, 2023 vol. 11

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 Tali Khivrich.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Memory Jar, by Debra Daugherty, illustrated by Victoria Marble (Roan & Weatherford Publishing, LLC/Young Dragons), coming out on April 11, 2023. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!


About the Book: Amelia's grandmother doesn't remember her because she has dementia, but Amelia is determined to find a way to help. She knows that if she can get her grandmother to talk about the stories she told Amelia over the years, then it will help bring the memories back and make all of them happy. Amelia comes up with a clever plan to assist her grandmother...but will it be enough?


About the Author: Debra Daugherty lives in central Illinois with her rescue dog, Honey, who loves car rides. She is the SCBWI-IL representative for the Springfield area. She began writing stories for her nieces and nephews when they were young. Debra’s publishing credits include a picture book, a young adult novel and two short stories for a children’s online magazine. She loves to travel and has kissed the Blarney Stone.


About the Illustrator: Victoria Marble is an illustrator specializing in character & narrative design, with a particular emphasis on children, animals, insects, & floral designs. She lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter and three little dogs. When not drawing, reading, or writing, Victoria enjoys watching movies with her daughter, eating dessert, and drinking coffee or tea. Victoria adores creating art that emphasizes the beauty of nature—and particularly birds, fish, insects, and floral designs, along with cute children and animal characters.


Preorder now: Barnes & Noble; Amazon  

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book Sparks by David Redfern and David Adams, illustrated by Edixon Rodriguez (Bear With Us 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: 
The expectation is that, we as children, reach a destination without the knowledge of how to get there. An understanding of the journey is essential. SPARKS provides a safety net, a go to for any parent, child or educator, equipping them with the tools needed to tackle any task or challenge (educational, social, emotional or psychological). 


SPARKS are a bunch of buddies wanting to change the world by spreading words of wisdom. Each character represents a value which is important to help live a meaningful life. Sky (self-regulation), Piccolo (positivity), Aeriel (allegiance) , Roman (resilience) , Comet (knowledge), Spiro (satisfaction) 


About the Authors: 

David Redfern and David Adams are the founders of SPARKS, a set of characters that promote positive values and attitudes in children. The prime focus of the book is to encourage others to live a happy, meaningful life experience and encourage children of the future to take charge of their destiny. The authors of the book have worked in education with over 25 years experience and have developed an insight into how children learn best. For this reason, SPARKS was born! David and David are also fathers, their children were also the inspiration and driving force behind the project! 


About the Illustrator: Edixon Rodriguez is a contemporary art illustrator based in Venezuela.  


Buy link: Amazon.  

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Mentor Programs

  • What: matches emerging writers with published authors for a 3-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life
  • Who: members of AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs)
  • Deadline: March 31, 2023


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  1. These books look wonderful. Intergenerational stories and books that promote positivity are so needed.

  2. Thank you for all that you do, KidLit 411.

    Suzy Leopold

  3. So many great books! Congrats!

  4. These books look great. The Memory Jar is sad but really needed with so many grandparents living and forgetting.

    "Sparks" looks wildly fun!
    Thanks for offering wonderful books.


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