The Weekly 411 (1/19/24)
|© Maryam Khalifah
Jan. 19, 2024 vol. 3
We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Imagine You and Me, written and illustrated by Benson Shum (Penguin Random House/ Dial Books for Young Readers), out on Jan. 23. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.
About the Book: A gentle story—with a surprise twist!—about the bond between an imaginative bear and his best friend.
Randall and Parker are the very best of friends—they do everything together, from building elaborate sand castles to swimming with mermaids. One day while they’re playing, they see another group of bears nearby, and Parker urges Randall to ask the bears to play with them. But there’s one problem: None of the other bears can see Parker. And the more time Randall spends with this new sloth of friends, the less he sees Parker too. Until one day, she disappears, and Randall must dig through his memories to find her. This gentle story celebrates the beauty and magic of adventures with friends, both imaginary and real.
About the Author-Illustrator: Benson Shum is an award winning children's book author and illustrator. He uses watercolor, ink and digital tools to create his illustrations. His books, Anzu the Great Listener and Anzu the Great Kaiju were selected as Kid's Indie Next List Recommended by American Booksellers Association (ABA) and was also awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Social Emotional Literature by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC).
Aside from writing and illustrating, Benson is also an Animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Frozen 2, Encanto and Wish. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Benson now lives in sunny southern California.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Book: Dark secrets and unnatural magic abound when a twelve-year-old girl ventures into a bog full of monsters to break a mysterious curse. Nothing about Kess Pedrock’s life is normal. Not her home (she lives in her family’s Unnatural History Museum), not her interests (hunting for megafauna fossils and skeletons), and not her best friend (a talking demon’s head in a jar named Shrunken Jim). But things get even stranger than usual when Kess meets Lilou Starling, the new girl in town. Lilou comes to Kess for help breaking a mysterious curse—and the only clue she has leads straight into the center of Eelgrass Bog. Everyone knows the bog is full of witches, demons, and possibly worse, but Kess and Lilou are determined not to let that stop them. As they investigate the mystery and uncover long-buried secrets, Kess begins to realize that the curse might hit closer to home than she’d ever expected, and she’ll have to summon all her courage to find a way to break it before it’s too late.
About the Author: Mary Averling grew up across England and Canada, never far from the woods. She has degrees from the University of Victoria and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Since she can't stay away from libraries for very long, she is currently working toward her PhD in Ontario, where she lives surrounded by all the magical, spooky, heartfelt books she can find. The Curse of Eelgrass Bog is her middle grade debut.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
- What: submit your picture book manuscript to win tuition to the Los Angeles SCBWI annual conference
- Who: each year the contest alternates for picture book or MG/YA. For 2024, picture book authors; must be SCBWI member over 18 years old
- Prize: tuition to the Los Angeles SCBWI annual conference and a phone consultation with an agent/editor
- What: two $1,000 grants
- Who: SCBWI member, one pre-published, and one published, who is working on a portfolio or picture book manuscript
- Prize: $1000 to help complete your illustration project