The Weekly 411 (9/1/23)

© Melissa Lettis

 Sept. 1, 2023 vol. 35

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 Melissa Lettis.

Illustrator Spotlight

It's the first of the month, so we have a new website banner and illustrator spotlight on Rachel Michelle Wilson!

© Rachel Michelle Wilson

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, Between Monsters and Marvels by Alysa Wishingrad (HarperCollins), out on Sept. 12. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

design by Joel Tippi; art by George Ermos

About the Book: Monsters are still lurking on Barrow’s Bay. Dare Coates is sure of it. No drifter or ruffian could have killed her father, the Captain of the Guard, while he was on patrol. But everyone insists that monsters have been gone for years now. Dare’s mother. Her classmates. Even the governor, who swiftly marries her mother just months after her father’s death. Dare’s suspicions grow even stronger when the governor suddenly ships her off to the mainland, away from any hope of uncovering the truth about her father’s death.

Or so she thinks.

But when Dare finds solid proof that monsters still exist she starts to question everything she’s always known. Was her father who she thought he was? Who can she trust? Where is the line between good and evil? The truth hides behind danger and deception. But with the help of an unlikely crew of cohorts and a stray beastie, nothing will stop Dare from finding out what happened to her father and exposing who the real monsters are.


About the Author: Alysa Wishingrad writes fantastical stories for young readers, tales that ask; is the truth really true? Her favorite stories are those that meld the historical with the fantastic, and that find ways to shine a light on both the things that divide and unite us all. She is the author of Between Monsters and Marvels and The Verdigris Pawn, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Alysa lives in the Hudson Valley with her family and two demanding rescue dogs and a cat-shaped dog, who are either monsters or marvels, depending on the day. You can also find her: Hello From Here! Newsletter, o,n Twitter @agwishingrad, and on Instagram @alysawishingradwrites.

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of God's Earth is Something to Fight For, by Amy Houts, illustrated by Kris Smolskaya (Sunbeam/ Bushel & Peck), out on Sept. 5. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below!

About: A Christian, faith-based picture book about why human beings are responsible for fighting climate change and how kids can help.

About the Author: Amy Houts is the author of 100+ books for children. She feels passionate about fighting climate change, and believes God's Earth is Something to Fight For (Sunbeam/Bushel & Peck, 2023) is the most important book she has written. Amy writes for faith-based and general market publishers in both rhyming and prose, freelance and on assignment. Amy was inspired to write for children when she was a graduate assistant in the early childhood department at Northwest Missouri State University. Working as a children’s librarian and preschool teacher helped inform her writing. To find out more visit: Amy and her husband, Steve, live in rural Northwest Missouri, about an hour from Steve’s family farm. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. 


About the Illustrator: Kris Smolskaya is a digital illustrator of children’s magazines and books, and is an illustration tutor. A huge fan of art and children’s literature, Kris has studied painting, sculpture, and world art culture for more than ten years. She grew up in a small village with her grandparents and has always been close to nature. Kris adores snorkeling, hiking, trekking, and she dreams of walking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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  1. I am excited to read and share Between Monsters and Marvels with my students. The title has been on my "to read" shelf for quite some time.

  2. Yes, God's Earth is something to fight for!

  3. Between Monsters and Marvels sounds like a fun adventure/mystery! I can't wait to read it!

  4. I love Monsters and Middle Grade mysteries. Would love to win a copy. :)

  5. Between Monsters and Marvels sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to read it with my daughters.

  6. Monsters and Marvels is on my TBR and I am excited to read it this year. I like the premise of the picture book and the unique idea of being God's steward to fight climate change.

  7. I am looking forward to reading Alysa Wishingrad’s newest book! Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  8. Love the concept and can’t wait to read, Monsters and Marvels.

  9. Thanks for such wonderful, useful links.

  10. I didn’t know people still did giveaways like this. ❤️

  11. My nephews and nieces will love these books. Thank you very much.

  12. This book looks beautiful and important. Thank you.


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