The Weekly 411 (4/12/24)


© Nicole Monahan

April 12, 2024 vol. 15

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 Nicole Monahan.

Kid Lit News

Sourcebooks Hires Two Editors from HarperCollins

Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Ladybug Launch: Inspired by a True Story of Chinitas in Space, by Melissa Trempe and Natalia Ojeda, illustrated by Manuela Montoya (Margaret K. McEdlerry/ Simon & Schuster), out on April 16! Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.


About the Book: Natalia is a chica, an ambitious girl with dreams of becoming a scientist. Luna is a chinita, an adventurous ladybug who dreams of visiting the stars. Neither dream is easy to reach, yet together anything is possible. The story is inspired by the determined group of Chilean high school girls who convinced NASA to send their ladybug experiment to space!

About the Authors: Melissa Trempe is a picture book author of fiction and nonfiction in the Philadelphia area. As a former educator, she loves connecting with readers during school visits. Melissa provides a critique service for fellow authors and is represented by Amy Nielsen at The Purcell Agency. When she isn’t working, she loves reading with her kids, camping, skiing, playing with her dog, and eating just about any flavor of ice cream. Learn more about her and connect by going to her website at

Natalia Ojeda grew up in a simple home in the southernmost country of the world: Chile. Her family had few resources, yet her faith, determination, and experience in the ladybug project helped her to overcome the odds and achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. She is a doctor in the Palliative Care Unit of San Juan de Dios Hospital in Santiago, Chile. As a mother of four girls, she wants to share her story of strength and hope with children around the world.

About the Illustrator: Manuela Montoya was born in MedellĂ­n, Colombia. She studied graphic design and advertising in her hometown and art direction in Barcelona, where she now lives. She loves working with gouache, colored pencils, ink, and digital media. Learn more at

(BONUS! If you order Ladybug Launch by Sunday April 21 and email a snapshot of your receipt, you can attend Melissa’s revision webinar for FREE in May! )


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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Breath by Breath, by Stephanie Wildman, illustrated by Estefania Razo Lawley Publishing). The Spanish language version, Respiro a Respiro (translated by Cecilia Populus-Eudave) will be available on May 23, 2024.  

About the Book:  In this bedtime story, twins Flor and Roberto wonder how they can possibly go on an adventure at the same time as they go to sleep. Big brother Luis, guides them in an exercise through their bodies, from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes. Following the gentle inhale and exhale of their breath, Flor and Roberto find love and calm inside and all around them as they drift off to sleep. Bonus content provides direction for mapping your own body scan.

About the Author: Stephanie Wildman, author of Treasure Hunt (2022) (illustrated by Estefania Razo) and Brave in the Water (2021) (illustrated by Jenni Feidler-Aguilar) became a Professor Emerita after serving as the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Chair at Santa Clara Law. She is a grandmother, mother, spouse, friend, good listener, and she can sit “criss-cross apple sauce” thanks to her yoga practice. Learn more at

About the Illustrator: Estefania Razo is an illustrator and graphic designer from Mexico she has a Bachelor of graphic design degree from the University of Guadalajara. She is passionate about illustration, books, and art in general. During her free time, she enjoys reading children's books with her nieces, watching movies, and draw.


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For Writers

April 18, 2024, 2:00 p.m. CST Writing and Publishing Picture Books Successfully(Webinar) Are you feeling stuck on your journey to publishing a picture book?  Discover the three main reasons why writers struggle to secure an agent or sell their manuscript. It's time to stop guessing and start working towards your authorship success. Join award-winning author Rosie J. Pova for an enlightening webinar on Writing & Publishing Picture Books Successfully. Elevate your writing, unlock industry secrets, and move closer to publishing success. Don't miss this chance to transform your approach to picture book publishing. Register now by clicking here! (save your spot - $17)


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  1. Both of these books sound fun to read. Thank you for featuring them this week.

  2. I'd love to win Ladybug Launch for my kindergartners.

  3. I was an exchange student in Chile and would now love to share Ladybug Launch with my students.


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