The Weekly 411 (4/26/24)

© Hollie Michaels

 April 26, 2024 vol. 17

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, There are No Dragons in This Book, by Donna Lambo-Weidner, illustrated by Donna Haslbauer (NorthSouth Books), out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!  


About the Book: In this book you are guaranteed not to find any dragons. . . . Wait, is that really true? There was one right here, wasn’t there? Was he hiding in the attic? What do you mean, he’s not alone? Come on, let’s give the book a good shake and see what happens!

This clever interactive picture book is sure to keep kids laughing as they look for dragons. Set in a community home with an ensemble of characters–both children and adults–Donna Lambo-Weidner’s debut picture book filled with humor (and dragons) encourages close observation and discovery. Carla Haslbauer’s cheeky, scurrying illustrations are chock-full of funny details and metafictional allusions.


About the Author: Donna Lambo-Weidner has sailed the seven seas with swashbuckling pirates, crossed blades with sword-wielding knights, and circumnavigated the moon in a cardboard box...all before the age of eight. Now that she’s earned a Bachelor of Arts, lived on two continents, and raised four kids (humans, not goats) Donna writes books for children based on her childhood adventures laced with her actual life experiences—dogsledding in the arctic is one. She lives in Northern California with her husband and a rambunctious Labrador Retriever. Find her online at and Instagram @donna.weidner


About the Illustrator: Carla Haslbauer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and grew up in the small town of Bad Nauheim. She has worked as a freelance illustrator since graduating from the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Her 2021debut author/illustrated book, My Mother’s Delightful Deaths, inspired by the world of opera, was nominated for various awards. Carla’s second book, There Are No Dragons in This Book written by Donna Lambo-Weidner was awarded the Serafina Illustration Award for Young Talent at the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair. Carla Haslbauer lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. Find her online at and on Instagram @carlahaslstaub

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Craft Book Giveaway


We are pleased to host a giveaway of the writing craft book, Reimagining Your Nonfiction Picture Book: A Step-by-Step Revision Guide, by Kristen W. Larsen (Both/And 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.


Cover design by Kristen W. Larson

About the Book: Reimagining Your Nonfiction Picture Book: A step-by-step revision guide is a weekend workshop in a book. Kirsten W. Larson provides the tools you need to help your nonfiction picture book stand out from the pack, including comprehensive discussions of takeaways, structure, writing scenes, voice, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned nonfiction author or someone exploring nonfiction for the first time, this book will help get your passion onto the page.


About the Author: Kirsten W. Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now, she’s the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for curious kids, a speaker, and a writing coach. Kirsten lives near Los Angeles with her husband, dog Chloe, and two curious kids. Connect with Kirsten at

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  1. Really excited to this one!! Congratulations!

  2. Two great giveaways this week! Thank you, Kidlit 411!

  3. This book sounds like the perfect springboard to dive into this exciting world of nonfiction picture books. Allowing one to craft captivating stories that introduce the reader to amazing new things, all wrapped up in beautiful illustrations. I feel that this book may just help provide me with the right guidance to writing picture books and make it totally a joyful adventure!

  4. Awesome giveaways! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Lots of great info! Thanks!

  6. I've heard fun things about the dragon picture book and can't wait to read it. This nonfiction craft book is exactly what I need to get back to writing and improve my skills.

  7. I'm a fan of Kirsten, so would love to read her new book on nonfiction writing!

  8. Don't know why It won't post my URL and I would love to win the book on writing non-fiction picture books. I'm a published children's author and former teacher, so would love to learn more about this genre.

  9. Sounds amazing. Love the covers!

  10. I already have THERE ARE NO DRAGONS IN THIS BOOK. It is terrific. I'm really interested in the craft book. Thanks for the chance and for all the links.

  11. Della Ross FerreriApril 27, 2024 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks for the great contest!

  12. Thanks for all the info and giveaways.

  13. I would like to unscubscribe to comments.
    hank you, Kathy Halsey

  14. I’ve had my eye on the nonfiction craft book for a while!! Thanks for the chance!

  15. Wow, what a wonderful site filled with inspiring resources. Truly grateful to Lee Wardlaw (author) for recommending KIDLIT411.

  16. Slamming giveaways this week! Congrats Kirsten, Donna, & Carla on the new books.

  17. As always, great new books to check out.

  18. Oh, both of these books look fantastic! Congratulations!!


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