Children's Book Event

Cleo Wade - MAY YOU LOVE AND BE LOVED

Event date: 

Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Join us for a special story time book launch reading and discussion with New York Times bestselling poet Cleo Wade celebrating her second ever picture book, MAY YOU LOVE AND BE LOVED: Wishes for Your Life, a tender children's book (recommended for ages 3-6) about the hopes and dreams a parent has for their child. She will be joined in conversation by Grace Landrieu.

May you know fear but not be driven by it
May you know joy and follow it everywhere
May you know light and shine it every chance you get

Leslie Hebert Helakoski - WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN and GATOR'S BIG MOUTH

Event date: 

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for special Independent Bookstore Day story time activities and book signings when children's picture book author Leslie Hebert Helakoski returns to Octavia Books with her two new spring books: WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN and GATORS BIG MOUTH. Both speak to our corner of the world which includes gators and storms and flooding and community helping each other.

Esteban the Green Crayon Storytime

Event date: 

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come meet Esteban the Green Crayon, star of the bestselling CRAYONS series, when he visits Octavia Books in person celebrating Earth Day with a special storytime reading of the new book THE CRAYONS LOVE OUR PLANET, plus photo opportunities, fun activities, and prizes. Hope to see you there!

BRENDAN WENZEL - TWO TOGETHER

Event date: 

Friday, April 26, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a book signing party with Caldecott Honor winning author Brendan Wenzel celebrating his new children's picture book, TWO TOGETHER.


A journey home leads to unexpected adventures for a cat and dog. A playful, imaginative story of friendship, empathy, and discovery by Caldecott Honor winner Brendan Wenzel.

Cat and Dog are headed home. A simple route lies ahead of them . . . or does it? There’s so much to see and smell and hear, and the two of them experience the world very differently. A stream, for instance, is watery fun for Dog, but it may not be so delightful for Cat!

Dog Man visits Octavia Books - Celebrate the release of Dav Pilkey’s The Scarlet Shedder

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come meet Dog Man in person at the Octavia Book release party for Dav Pilkey’s new graphic novel,  Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder, Tuesday, March 19, 3:30 tlll 5:30.

Have your photo taken with your favorite canine superhero! (That would be Dog Man, right?) Hang out with fellow Dog Man fans swapping stories and doing some cool Dog Man activities. But please, leave the skunk at home!

Yes, there will be prizes.


Our canine superhero returns in DOG MAN: THE SCARLET SHEDDER, the suspenseful and hilarious twelfth graphic novel in the #1 worldwide bestselling series by award-winning author and illustrator Dav Pilkey!

Lisa McMann and Matt McMann - THE FORGOTTEN FIVE and MONSTERIOUS

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special book party and signing with authors Lisa McMann and Matt McMann celebrating their two new middle-grades books at Octavia Books as part of the national tour for FORGOTTEN FIVE #4: Dangerous Allies and MONSTERIOUS #4: The Beast of Skull Rock. Highly recommended for ages 8-12, or 3rd-7th grades.


Dangerous Allies (The Forgotten Five, Book 4)

X-Men meets Spy Kids in the fourth installment of The Forgotten Five middle-grade fantasy/adventure series by Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNWANTEDS.

Tamisha Anthony - SEOUL FOOD

Event date: 

Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a storytime reading and book signing with children's book illustrator Tamisha Anthony featuring her delicious new picture book, SEOUL FOOD.

A young girl joyfully celebrates both her Black and Korean cultures the best way she knows how—with the irresistible power of food!

Hana is faced with a conundrum: what scrumptious dinner should she make for her four grandparents who are all coming for a visit? This dish isn't yummy enough, that one isn't special enough . . . What's an aspiring chef to do? Her mother tells her to cook what makes her heart happy, so Hana thinks hard.

Shannon Kelley Atwater - FIVE LITTLE TERMITES

Event date: 

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us on Saturday afternoon, March 2, for story time and a book signing with children's picture book author-illustrator Shannon Kelly Atwater (GOODNIGHT POTHOLE) celebrating the launch of her fun new book, FIVE LITTLE TERMITES. She will also read from her other books (listed below). Main activities will begin at 1:30.

If it's May in Louisiana, the termites are swarming! This counting book will make toddlers and their families laugh--and squirm--as they recognize this annual buggy invasion.

Nathan Hale - ABOVE THE TRENCHES

Event date: 

Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a special after school bookstore appearance from the author/illustrator of the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling graphic novel series on American history Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales celebrating his latest installment, ABOVE THE TRENCHES, officially released just 2 days before this event.


Nathan Hale takes to the skies with the flying aces of World War I to reveal another Hazardous Tale in American history in the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series.

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