The Weekly 411 (4/14/23)


© Julie Koon

April 14, 2023 vol. 15

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 Julie Koon.

Kid Lit News

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, My Dog is NOT a Scientist, by Betsy Ellor, illustrated by Luisa Vera (Yeehoo Press). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: Anyone can be a scientist if they follow their curiosity.  Like every good scientist, Yara starts with a question, makes observations, and comes up with a hypothesis . . . but each time she starts an experiment, her dog, Renzo, ruins it! Then again, maybe Renzo is up to something more than making trouble. This humorous and endearing story is about a passionate, young scientist who is determined to achieve her goal—no matter what her crazy canine throws her way.

About the Author: Betsy Ellor lives in a house near the beach where curiosity and chaos run wild. She divides her time between seeking out great stories and designing spaces like science labs, classrooms, and restaurants where others can cultivate their own curiosity. Her previous works include the anthology Heroic Care, and Sara Crewe, a family musical that's been performed across the United States.

About the Illustrator: Luisa Vera was born in Spain. After getting a degree in Fine Arts, she moved to New York, where she continued her illustration studies. Her characters have nosed their way into the pages of The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tibune, La Vanguardia and El PaĆ­s, and have dressed up for all kinds of occasions, such as book covers, posters, catalogues, children's books, and exhibitions.

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Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a #giveaway of the middle grade novel, Shannon in the Spotlight by Kalena Miller (Delacorte Press), coming out on April 25. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by Make Plenzke, design by Katrina Damkoehler 

About the Book: After Shannon accidentally lands a lead role in the summer musical, she realizes she has bigger things to worry about than stage fright in this contemporary middle-school novel about strained friendships, the positive power of theater, and the realities of being a tween with OCD.

About the Author: 
Kalena Miller is a teacher, editor, and writer of books for children and young adults. She studied Religion and Gender Studies at Carleton College before receiving a Masters in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She currently lives in Hopkins, Minnesota with her husband and lovable, if slightly neurotic, dog.

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April 19, 2023 Writing Children’s Nonfiction: The Beginner’s GuideIn Lionel Bender’s next webinar for WriteForKids on April 19, he will introduce you to the children’s NF market and give you lots of hints, tips, advice, guidelines, and suggestions as to how to get started and established in it. The webinar is based on his unique 40+ years’ experience of writing and producing children’s NF and dealing with more than 40 different publishers and book packagers.  


  1. I can’t wait to read My Dog is Not a Scientist—sounds so clever!

  2. Both of these books will be so much fun to read.

  3. My Dog is Not a Scientist sounds like a great blend of STEM and fun!

  4. Great to see more representation of OCD in MG lit. Our kids need to learn what others deal with day after day.

  5. These books both sound great! I love the STEM theme in My Dog Is Not a Scientist and the representation of OCD in Shannon in the Spotlight. Those topics are ones I'm working on increasing in my school's library collection.

  6. I'm looking forward to reading My Dog is Not a Scientist. Great concepts!!!

  7. Another greatly useful post. Thanks.

  8. I love a good dog story and this one sounds entertaining.


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