The Weekly 411 (12/1/23)

© Sandra Salsbury

Dec. 1, 2023 vol. 48

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 Sandra Salsbury.

Kidlit411 Banner Design Winner

We are excited to announce our winners of our banner design contest. Jan Dolby won first place with her design. Her design will be featured in January 2024. Check out our announcement post to see the other 11 designs.

© Jan Dolby

Illustrator Spotlight

We are excited to feature illustrator Traci Allison  and her banner design for this month, as well as her picture book, Beautifully Blemished, written by Leanne Stuckley (2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

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Early Reader Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the early reader, José and Feliz Play Fútbol, by Susan Rose and Silvia López, illustrated by Gloria Félix (Penguin Workshop) (2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: José and his dog play soccer in this fun early reader that uses both Spanish and English!

José has been selected for the school soccer team! Finally, he gets to be part of el equipo de fútbol. He starts practicing in his backyard right away. But when he kicks the ball toward the net, his best friend--who is also his dog, Feliz--runs after it! Can José find a way to bring his furry pal to his fútbol games without worrying el perro will chase el balón? Join José as he teaches Feliz all the new commands he needs to know!

About the Authors: Silvia López (she/her) was born in Cuba and moved to Miami as a child. Her lifelong love of books turned into a career as a children's librarian until, later in life, she became a children’s author. López is an eclectic writer whose work reflects her interest in animals, history, folk tales, and people who have overcome obstacles to achieve great things. Her books include Just Right Family: An Adoption Story (Florida Book Award 2018, illustrated by Ziyue Chen), Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature (a collaboration with Italian artist Guido Daniele), Queen of Tejano Music: Selena, which also received the Florida Book Award in 2020 (English and Spanish, illustrated by Paola Escobar), Pacho Nacho (bilingual, illustrated by Pablo Pino), and My Little Golden Book about Frida Kahlo (English and Spanish, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri). My Little Golden Book about Sonia Sotomayor in English and Spanish is scheduled for release in 2022. 

Susan Rose (she/her) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer for The Band's Visit and co-producer of the upcoming Broadway musical Sing Street. She has also produced Tony-nominated Broadway shows, including the original Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat, Hurlyburly, and Blood Knot. She co-produced the Drama Desk-winning musical The Last Five Years. Susan has enjoyed a successful film career as a producer as well. Several of her films have been nominated for and won Emmy Awards, including Cooler Climate and Jack.

About the Illustrator: Gloria Félix (she/her) was born and raised in Uruapan, a beautiful small city in Michoacán, Mexico, one of her biggest inspirations when it comes to art. After earning her bachelor's degree in Animation and Digital Art, Gloria moved to San Francisco to pursue an MFA in Visual Development. Besides children's books, she makes art for the animation industry. Her hobbies include walking, life drawing, and plein-air painting with her partner and friends. Currently she lives and paints in Guadalajara.   

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the book, Doña Gracia Saved Worlds (Kar-Ben Publishing ), coming on Dec. 5. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: The first picture book to introduce Doña Gracia, the extraordinary 16th century secret Jew and mighty woman. She defied kings, risked her life to ensure other secret Jews escaped to safety, and when she was finally free to live openly as a Jew, Gracia helped rebuild Judaism. A timeless tale of identity, community, and courage.


About the Author: Bonni Goldberg is an award-winning poet and author. This is her debut picture book. Bonni first learned about Doña Gracia as an adult in a mother-daughter bat mitzvah class. She believed children would like to know about Gracia too. Many free Gracia activities will soon be available on her website. Bonni wrote The Write Balance: How to Embrace Percolation, Revision & Going Public, the companion book to the best-seller Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life. She speaks, writes, and gives workshops on writing, Jewish identity, and dismantling antisemitism for children and adults. Bonni loves living in Portland, Oregon with her family and eating dark chocolate every day.

About the Illustrator: 
Alida Massari is an Italian artist specializing in illustration for children. Born in Rome where she studied illustration at the European Institute of Design, she finds inspiration for her work from folk traditions and ancient art. She has illustrated many books, collaborating with Italian, English, German, and American publishers. She lives in Rome, Italy. 

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  1. I am super excited about this new book JOSÉ AND FELIZ PLAY FÚTBOL! My grandson is bilingual, and I know he will love it!

  2. Such great books, look forward to reading them!

  3. onderful books. Thanks for all the great links.

  4. I am so excited to read DONA GRACIA SAVED WORLDS! It sounds so interesting!

  5. Beautifully Blemished looks wonderful!


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