The Weekly 411 (4/28/23)

© Renée LaTulippe

 April 28, 2023 vol. 17

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 Renée LaTulippe.

Picture Book Giveaway

We're excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Something Wild, by Molly Ruttan (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House) out now. Enter to win a copy plus some book swag via the Rafflecopter below!


About the Book: Hannah  loves to play her violin—as long as no one is watching. On the day of the recital, she is extremely nervous, and secretly wishes something wild would happen so she wouldn’t have to go! Hannah’s big imagination dreams up all kinds of entertaining scenarios that could change the course of her day.  Children and grown-ups alike will relate to Hannah’s stage fright and get a laugh out of all her wishful thinking. Most importantly, they will be right there beside her on recital day when something wild—and beautiful—happens.


About the Author-Illustrator: Molly Ruttan is an author/illustrator of children’s books. She grew up making art and music in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and earned a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art. Molly now lives in the diverse and historic neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where her family has recently grown with the joyful addition of a granddaughter. She played violin as a child, and now plays drums, sings in a community choir and has just started learning the viola. She loves exploring all kinds of fine art and illustration mediums, including making her own animated book trailers. Her life is full of art, music, family, friends and all kinds of pets and urban animals. 

Molly’s titles include her author/illustrator debut, The Stray, (Nancy Paulsen Books); I Am A Thief! by Abigail Rayner, (North South Books); and Violet and the Crumbs: A Gluten-Free Adventure by Abigail Rayner (North South Books). Something Wild is Molly’s second author/illustrated book and has received a starred Kirkus review. She has two additional books forthcoming. Molly is represented by Rachel Orr at Prospect AgencyTo see Molly’s illustration, purchase books & view her book trailers, go to her website. 


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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, One Small Thing, by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Laura Watkins (Beaming Books) out on May 9. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Raccoon's home burns down in a lightning storm. His friends don't know what they can do to help. Squirrel, Mouse, and Rabbit all go back to their own homes, trying to focus on something other than Raccoon's tragedy. But each animal discovers, along with Beaver and Badger, one small thing they can do for Raccoon--and it turns out that each small act may not be so small after all.

About the Author:  Called a "born storyteller" by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold’s picture books have sold over one million copies and been called “whimsical” and “uplifting.” Honors include the Ridgway Best First Book by a New Author, Smithsonian Notable, Children’s Choice Awards, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her bilingual Galápagos Girl was the 2020 Little Read Lakeshore Community Read and won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Her newest book, Lights Out, about light pollution, has been praised by the Dark Sky community and was a 2021 Golden Kite finalist for picture book text.

About the Illustrator: Laura Watkins has illustrated international children's books, designed greeting cards, painted murals, and worked in art galleries. She is the winner of The Northern Illustration prize. Laura lives in London with her Red Setters, pens, pencils, and chocolate.

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  1. Thank you for all the kidlit info. and opportunities!

  2. This book sounds so cute!

  3. I love the message behind this book and can't wait to read it.

  4. Two wonderful new picture books to add to my reading list! Congrats, Molly and Marsha.

  5. Book sounds adorable and great to share. Looking forward to reading it.

  6. So fun to see one of Renée's illustrations here! And I loved the blog post about making social media fun again. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for all these resources. The illustration for One Small Thing grabs your attention. Look forward to it coming out.

  8. Small things are small - until they add up! Can't wait to see Marsha's book out in the wild.

  9. One Small Thing sounds and looks marvelous! I wish I had these furry friends as neighbors when a tornado struck my house. Can't wait to read it!

  10. Great giveaways! Thank you for the continued inspiration to keep writing.

  11. These books look amazing! Can't wait to read them!

  12. These books look so cute!


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