The Weekly 411 (6/7/24)

© Leila Nabih

 June 7, 2024 vol. 23

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Boxer Baby Battles Bedtime!, by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Kai Gietzen (Eifrig Publishing) out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Mom is counting on Dad to get Boxer Baby down for her nap, but Boxer Baby is the G.O.A.T. of sleep avoidance. This hilarious face-off mimics a three-round boxing match, as Boxer Baby is no lightweight when it comes to staying awake.


Dad has a few tricks up his sleeve, but will it be enough in this epic battle against nap time? Boxer Baby Battles Bedtime! uses figurative language to show how many common idioms have boxing origins.

About the Author: Mia Wenjen blogs at She is also the co-creator and president of nonprofit, Read Your World. Her newest picture book is and Boxer Baby Battles Bedtime! (Eifrig Publishing). Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe (Lee and Low, 2019) was selected as a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World (Barefoot Books, 2023) is a Junior Library Guild selection, received a starred review from School Library Journal, and made Chicago Library Best of the Best list. We Sing from the Heart: How the Slants® Took Their Fight for Free Speech to the Supreme Court (Red Comet Press) releases on October 15, 2024. Follow her @pragmaticmom on social media.


About the Illustrator: Kai Gietzen is an award-winning artist and illustrator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Boxer Baby Battles Bedtime! is his debut children's book since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022 and provided a wide range of emotions to illustrate, from action-packed face-offs to tender moments between family. To learn more, check out his website, and Instagram @kaigietzen.

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Miss MacDonald Has a Farm, by Kalee Gwarjanski, illustrated by Elizabet Vucović (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: In this female-forward spin on the traditional children’s song “Old MacDonald,” readers can join Miss MacDonald on her vegetable farm and see all the work that goes into growing healthy and delicious produce.


“Miss MacDonald has a farm,

She loves things that grow!”


E-I-E-I-GROW! With a “weed-weed” here and a “pick-pick” there, young readers can follow Miss MacDonald as she tends to her vegetable farm. It’s a rollicking, rhyming read-aloud that ends in a community feast and celebrates themes of healthy eating, plant-based meals, local produce, gardening, seasons, and female farmers.


About the Author: Kalee Gwarjanski is a homeschooling mom to four book-loving children living in the woods of Maine. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in teaching from the University of Maine. Between degrees, she followed her passion of food by attending Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Ottawa, Ontario and worked as a personal chef before turning to picture book writing full time. Miss MacDonald Has a Farm is her debut picture book. Learn more about Kalee at and follow her on Twitter at @KaleeGwar.


About the Illustrator: Elizabet Vuković is an illustrator from Rotterdam, the Netherlands with a degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the illustrator of a number of picture books, including An Ordinary Day (Beach Lane/S&S, 2020), which received two starred reviews. She also enjoys printmaking, bookbinding, and decorative arts. See more of her work online at and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @elizabetvukovic.

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  1. Both of these picture books sound fun to read and will make excellent mentor text.

  2. I look forward to reading both of these new picture books!

  3. Thank you for highlighting these books. I'm especially excited about Miss MacDonald Has a Farm because I love lyrical retellings.

  4. These books look adorable! Looking forward to reading them with grandkids.

  5. Both of these books look great and thanks for the helpful links!

  6. Thanks so much for the info and give a ways! Miss McDonald is right up my alley. Been gardening and weeding for years. It sounds like a great book. The others also look so cute!

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