The Weekly 411 (12/15/23)


© Suzanne Hodson

Dec. 15, 2023 vol. 50

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 Suzanne Hodson.


Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Hope for Ryan White by Dano Moreno, illustrated by Hanna Abba (Albert Whitman 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below. 

About the Book: After Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS as a teenager in 1984, he didn’t lose hope. He inspired it. In the face of misinformation and discrimination, Ryan kicked off a heroic battle to educate others about the disease. With an unshakable belief that he belonged & the courage to share his story, Ryan opened hearts and minds. Hope for Ryan White offers a timely reminder that we all have the ability to create a more inclusive world. 

About the Author: Dano Moreno started writing for kids when he became a father. This is his debut book. He is also the author of Our Wish for You: A Story About Open Adoption. When not writing, Dano works as a public health advocate and enjoys time with his husband and son in Portland, Oregon.

About the Illustrator: 
Hannah Abbo is a self-taught, award-winning illustrator from the United Kingdom. They currently live with their partner, child, and cat in Lisbon, Portugal. When they’re not drawing, they love making ceramics, visiting the botanical gardens, and baking bread.


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Picture Book Giveaweay

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Unwelcome Surprise, by Olga Herrera (Feiwel & Friends 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

About the Book: Perfect for fans of Something's Wrong! and Can I Be Your Dog?, The Unwelcome Surprise is a charming new baby story full of debut author-illustrator Olga Herrera's incredibly humorous art, and that explores the fears and joys that come with change.

Every morning, Bongo walks downstairs to get his food, passing his dried-up potted plant, his old stained chair, and his stinky stained carpet. Until one morning...something is different! Something monstrous is in his way! Bongo is beside himself with worry; will it take his walks? What if it eats his food? Or even worse...what if it takes his family?!

About the Author-Illustrator: Olga Herrera is the author and illustrator of The Unwelcome Surprise. She is a Florida native with a strong Cuban and Ecuadorian heritage which color all aspects of her life. Olga is bilingual and her preferred language is Spanglish! She teaches illustration and storytelling, is the co-funder and co-host of IlloChat, a podcast for illustrators in children’s publishing. Olga has been a long time member or the SCBWI and has served a mentor. She lives in Maryland with her family and too many pets. 

Get your copy here.


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  1. Both of these sound excellent and exciting to read. The Unwelcome Surprise will make reader laugh out loud. Hope for Ryan White will inspire readers of all ages.

  2. I think my Pre-K students will love The Unwelcome Surprise.

  3. Wonderful books this week. I really appreciate all the great links. Thanks for the post.

  4. Excited to read them both!

  5. Love reading about these new picture books!


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