The Weekly 411 (1/26/24)


© Teresa Robeson

Jan. 26, 2024 vol. 4

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 Teresa Roberson.

Publishing News

ALA Awards Chosen (Newbery Award: , Caldecott Award:  )

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Today by Gabi Snyder, illustrated by Stehpanie Graegin (Paula Wiseman Books), out on Jan. 30. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: This welcoming and joyful picture book reminds us that every moment can hold many surprises and to look for the wonder in every day. Today may seem long before leaving for a summer vacation or short during the time away. The moments that make up the day are filled with surprises, joy, fun, and memories. This book guides young readers to keep their eyes and ears open so the day doesn’t slip by.

About the Author: Gabi Snyder is the author of several picture books, including Two Dogs on a TrikeListenToday, and Look. She studied psychology at the University of Washington and creative writing at The University of Texas and is a member of SCBWI. When she’s not writing, she loves taking nature walks, visiting Little Free Libraries, and baking sweet treats. She lives in Oregon with her family. Learn more at

About the Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and Listen by Gabi Snyder. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her at

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Picture Book Giveaway


We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Dear Muslim Child, by Rahma Rodaah, illustrated by Aya Ghanameh (Balzar + Bray), out on Feb. 6. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!


About the Book: Dear Muslim Child, your story matters. In this lyrical ode to Islam, Muslim children all over the world are encouraged to celebrate their faith and traditions. 


About the Author: Rahma Rodaah was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somaliland. At the age of eight, her family immigrated to Canada, where she still resides today. She is a mother of four children and enjoys reading and coming up with silly bedtime stories. She is also the author of Dear Black Child and two self-published picture books.


About the Illustrator: Aya Ghanameh is a Palestinian illustrator, writer, and designer from Amman, Jordan. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in Literary Arts, and completed a year-long Children's Books & Gifts Design Fellowship at Chronicle Books. 

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  1. I sure could use a reminder to look for the joys, surprises, and wonders of every day. And this looks like the little bit of magic needed to do just that. What a precious illustration. Yes, that’s how I want to feel today.

  2. Both of these books sound wonderful in their own ways and I always enjoy learning more about finding every day joy and learning more about other cultires.

  3. These books look lovely and sweet!! Can't wait to read them both!!

  4. I love the idea of looking at the world with wonder everyday. I can't wait to read Gabi's latest.

  5. I can’t wait to read Today by Gabi Snyder. So very sweet.

  6. Today could be the day ... that an agent responds, that the right word comes, that a glorious idea strikes. Love the celebration of Today.

  7. Gabi's books are among my favorites. Looking forward to reading this latest one.


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