The Weekly 411 (9/15/23)

© Rachel Michelle Wilson

 Sept. 15, 2023 vol. 37

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 Rachel Michelle Wilson.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Pie that Molly Grew, by Sue Heavenrich, illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg (Sleeping Bear Press 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: All you need for a pumpkin pie is one seed. And sun and rain and ... Under Molly's watchful eye and care, each stage of growth--from the seed to the sprout to the leaves to the final fruit on the vine--is showcased. And at the end, Molly’s pumpkin is turned into a delicious pie for everyone to share in a celebration of gratitude. All from the seed that Molly sowed. Back matter includes fun facts about pumpkins, the important pollinators who help them grow, as well as a pumpkin pie recipe.

About the Author: Sue Heavenrich writes her books on an ancient desk that came with the house that sits on a hill once part of a farm in upstate New York. The plants and wildlife outside her back door inspire her stories. Most often you’ll find her in the garden tending the pumpkin patch and counting pollinators for citizen science. See more of Sue’s books at

About the Illustrator: Chamisa Kellogg is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. Her work celebrates compassion, hope and connection. She makes art for books, brands, games and animation. See more of Chamisa's work at and follow her on instagram

Publisher/pub date: Sleeping Bear Press, August 15, 2023

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Child and the Tree, by Norha Bernal, illustrated by Rubén Rodriguez Ferreira (Aurreboles 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book:  In a wilderness, a migrant child discovers a tree and grows a forest before leaving in search of a place to call home. Their friendship changes their world forever.

About the Author: Nohra is a Colombian indie author, dance teaching artist, and translator who promotes bilingual literacy at the public library. She holds degrees in psychology and modern language teaching from universities in Colombia, France, and Spain. In 2009 she immigrated with her family to the US. She lives near the shore in New Haven, Connecticut.  More info at


About the Illustrator: Ruben Rodriguez-Ferreira is a Colombian musician and songwriter with degrees from the CNSMD in France and the Yale School of Music, where he directs the Music in Schools Initiative. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut. He and his wife Nohra have three sons and work together creating books for children.


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Sept. 23, 2 p.m. CST How to Create a Standout Picture Book Story Join agent Kaitlyn Sanchez to learn tips and tricks when writing and revising the strongest picture book manuscript.

9 Qualities of a Successful Picture Book

Mentor Programs

  • What: apply for one of 15 one-year mentorships with award-winning book creators (PB text, illustration, MG, YA)
  • Who is eligible: children's writers or illustrators from diverse backgrounds
  • When to apply: Aug. 15-Sept. 15


  1. Thank you for the link on where to start plotting. Super read!

  2. Thank you for always sharing so many good new releases. What a great time of year for “The Pie That Molly Grew,” and perfect for my son, too, who is just learning how seeds work. “The Child and the Tree” also looks like such a beautiful story—there’s just something so magical about trees, especially this time of year. I can’t wait to read these books with my son!

  3. Both of these picture books look fabulous. I love the covers! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Exciting to have a chance to win these picture books! Thank you.

  5. Thank you for the chance to win these excellent books.

  6. I'm excited to see the release of Sue's “The Pie That Molly Grew.” Her PB sounds like a terrific comp title for one of my PBs. Especially with the back matter that includes facts on pollinators.

  7. Good luck to all the WNDB applicants! Looking forward to reading both of the featured picture books!

  8. The Pie that Molly Grew is gorgeous and beautifully written. It has inspired a revision idea for a PB that felt stuck. Thanks, Sue!

  9. Thanks for all the wonderful links and the chance to win a sweet book.

  10. I look forward to reading THE PIE THAT MOLLY GREW written by Sue Heavenrich; illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg.

    THE CHILD AND A TREE written by Norha Bernal; illustrated by Ruben Rodriguez-Ferreira is a book I want to share with niece. She is from Columbia.

    Thank you.
    Suzy Leopold

  11. Love finding newly-released picture books showcased & so much kidlit information and news.

  12. Looking forward to reading these new picture books!

  13. Look forward to reading both of these lovely picture books.

  14. These books look amazing. I'm so excited for fall books


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