The Weekly 411 (3/24/23)


© Jenny Alvarado

March 24, 2023 vol. 12

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 Jenny Alvarado.

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade book, Not So Shy, by Noa Nimrodi (Kar-Ben/ Lerner Publishing Group), our on April 4, 2023. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

Art by Miriam Serafin (design by Athena Currier)

About the Book: 
Twelve-year-old Shai hates everything about moving from Israel to the US and tries to come up with a plan that will get her back home. Meanwhile she’s stuck in seventh grade facing cultural differences, and encountering antisemitism for the first time. But she also finds support and friendship where she least expects it and starts seeing the definition of home with new eyes.


About the Author: Noa Nimrodi is an Israeli-American author/illustrator living near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. As a designer, Noa worked on displays in bookshops and gravitated most to children’s books, sparking her passion to create her own. Two of her Hebrew-language picture books, have been published in Israel.

 NOT SO SHY, her debut Middle Grade novel, will be out from Kar-Ben publishing in April 2023.



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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Story of the Saxophone, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Holiday House 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

courtesy of Holiday House Publishing, Inc./ art by James E. Ransome, design by Kerry Martin


About the Book: On shelves just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month, The Story of the Saxophone unravels the fascinating story of how a once reviled instrument was transported across Europe and Mexico to New Orleans. Deftly retold by Coretta Scott King Honoree Cline-Ransome, this account is paired with the gorgeous artwork of NAACP Image Award winner Ransome, including an attention-grabbing poster of iconic jazz musicians you can find inside the book jacket. The two worked with ethnomusicologist and Saxophone expert Whitney Slaten, who made his extensive saxophone collection available toRansome to draw.

About the Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome’s novel Finding Langston won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Before She Was Harriet, illustrated by James E. Ransome, won the Christopher Award and was a Jane Addams Honor Book. Her many other books include Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.


About the Illustrator: James E. Ransome won a Coretta Scott King Medal for The Creation by James Weldon Johnson, and three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, including one for Before She Was Harriet by his wife Lesa Cline-Ransome. His collaborations with his wife also include Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.


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  1. I'd love to win a copy of The Story of the Saxophone; the cover illustration alone is intriguing!

  2. Information I am ready finally ready to work with. Thanks so much!

  3. The Ransome pair are my absolute favorites in the Kidlit world. Everything they create is a hit. I am so looking forward to reading this newest PB. I am crossing my fingers to win this book and follow and share with everyone.

  4. I am excited to read both of these books.

  5. Great weekly update for kidlit writers and illustrators! Your roundup of writing and illustrating contests, workshops, and events is informative and helpful for those looking to improve their craft and connect with others in the industry. The featured author and illustrator interviews are inspiring and provide valuable insights into their creative process. Keep up the great work in providing a valuable resource for the kidlit community!

  6. These look like great books! The saxophone book sounds fascinating. My school has a large instrumental music program, so I know many readers would be interested in reading this one.

  7. A fascinating instrument and what a pair to recount its history!

  8. I always dig this weekly round-up! Thank you for pulling this info together for writers!

  9. It's so much fun to see new books (or new to me) here each week! Lovely! Congrats!


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