Children's Picture 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 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

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

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!

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.

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.

Michael Sampson - All Kinds of Kids

Event date: 

Friday, October 20, 2023 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Event address: 

participating New Orleans area schools

Michael Sampson, co-creator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will be visiting the New Orleans area schools to celebrate his newest book collaboration with Bill Martin Jr., ALL KINDS OF KIDS.

To request an autographed copy of Mr. Sampson's book for your child, please complete this online order form today!  (Please do submit your order before the date of the event).

Signed books will be distributed at school following the visit.

The author will also stop by Octavia Books for an after school visit.

M.R. Fournet - BRICK DUST AND BONES

Event date: 

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for an after school booksigning with author M.R. Fournet featuring her new spooky middle-grades novel, BRICK DUST AND BONES, set in New Orleans and perfect for this Halloween season.


A twelve-year-old cemetery boy and monster hunter–along with his flesh-eating mermaid friend–has to race against the clock to save the ghost of his dead mother in Brick Dust and Bones, M.R. Fournet's magical middle grade debut.

Nothing’s more dangerous than a monster hunter with a mission.

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