The Weekly 411 (10/27/23)

© Melissa Lettis

Oct. 27, 2023 vol. 43

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.

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Listening to the Quiet, by Cassie Silva, illustrated by Frances Ives (Lantana Publishing 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book:   What does nothing sound like? Jacki's mama has a rare condition. She is slowly losing her hearing. Together, they are learning Sign Language so that they'll always be able to tell each other everything. But as Mama's world becomes quieter, Jacki's remains full of sound, especially on Music Appreciation Fridays. How can Jacki enjoy listening to music when her mama can no longer hear it?

brief author bio

About the Author: Cassie Silva is an author and social worker of Portuguese heritage living in Vancouver, Canada.

About the Illustrator: Frances Ives has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Her most abiding source of inspiration is the constant yet ever-changing sky and all its colors.

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Picture Book Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, On the Bright Side, by Anastasia Defino, illustrated by Taylor Barron (Ingramspark 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Exploring themes of optimism and community, On the Bright Side takes readers on an emotionally uplifting journey through a playful mix of narrative rhyme and bright illustrations. In an effort to encourage children to see the good, share the good, and be the good on this Earth, this story highlights the "bright side" of some of life's challenges, in addition to promoting love, togetherness, and collaboration for a better tomorrow.

About the Author: 
Anastasia Difino is an elementary school teacher striving to inspire young children to find and be their best selves, not only academically, but socially and emotionally. Born and raised in Queens, New York, she obtained a B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University and an M.A. in Education from Queens College. Writing a children's book has been a long time dream of hers and, so, On the Bright Side was born with goals of promoting optimism and togetherness in children. When she's not in the classroom, Anastasia can be found loving life in New York with her husband and two boys.

About the Illustrator:  Taylor Barron is a freelance illustrator and concept artist from Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Digital Art and Animation from DigiPen Institute of Technology in 2017.  Her focus is in illustration, character design, and concept art. She loves playing with bright colors, both in her art and her wardrobe. She is currently traveling and is always looking for new fun projects to collaborate on.

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  1. These book covers are beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win a copy to read and review!

  2. These books sounds amazing! Can't wait to read them.

    1. Sorry I wasn't signed in. This is Carolyn Fraiser

  3. These picture books look lovely!! Congrats to everyone involved!

  4. I love the cover of On The Bright Side. The colors and style are so beautiful and the composition is also fantastic.

  5. Two great sounding picture books. Also love this week's illustration by Melissa!

  6. So many helpful links this week. Thank you! The books sound great. Thanks for the post.

  7. I love both topic SEL themes and the artwork is gorgeous. Thank you!

  8. The covers are both beautiful, thanks for sharing!


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