Children's Picture Book Event

Isaac Fitzgerald - HOW TO BE A PIRATE

Event date: 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - new Orleans, LA 70115

Come meet Isaac Fitzgerald when we celebrate his debut picture book, HOW TO BE A PIRATE, a sparkling and inspirational picture book about a girl who wants to be a pirate, her tattooed grandpa, and their indelible bond. This book is perfect for ages 3-6, but this event will be great fun for adults also - an you are really not going to want to miss it. So, you may bring your kids - but not required. Fitzgerald will be joined in conversation by author Daniel José Older.

CeCe dreams of being a pirate. When the neighborhood boys tell her that she can't, she wonders where to begin. Luckily, she suspects her grandpa must know something about being a pirate—why else would he have all those tattoos?

Sherri Duskey Rinker - Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a very special storytime reading and signing when Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of #1 New York Times bestselling children's book, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, visits Octavia Books.

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this construction book for kids will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Johnette Downing - SPOOKY SECOND LINE

Event date: 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Just in time for Halloween, please join us for a storytime reading and signing with New Orleans musician/author Johnette Downing featuring her new children's picture book, SPOOKY SECOND LINE.

There's a jazzy little sound on Halloween. As a mummy is transported down the street in a silver casket, a spooky parade follows, with a witch on bass drum, a skeleton on snare, a black cat on trombone, a jack-o-lantern on clarinet, and more. An author's note explains the local tradition of second lines and jazz funerals.

Rosh Hashanah Story Time

Event date: 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us  as we host the PJ Library for an Sunday afternoon story time and featuring some fun new and favorite children's books in anticipation of the Rosh Hashana holiday.

David Shannon - MR. NOGGINBODY GETS A HAMMER

Event date: 

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a very special afternoon with the beloved children's author/illustrator David Shannon - creator of the Caldecott Honor- winning NO, DAVID! - presenting his brand new picture book, MR NOGGINBODY GETS A HAMMER.

David Shannon introduces a new character in a satisfyingly silly and subversive take on a familiar parable.

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

After snagging his toe, Mr. Nogginbody makes a visit to his local hardware store in search of solutions. Armed with a shiny new hammer, he successfully fixes the nail protruding from his floor. But the satisfaction of his first repair carries him away, and he figures that anything resembling a nail—from a lamp switch to a fire hydrant—can be fixed with a good whack. The results are predictably and theatrically disastrous, until Mr. Nogginbody arrives at a gentle awakening and recognizes that not everything is a nail.

Mac Barnett - CIRCLE

Event date: 

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a very special after-school author visit and booksigning featuring award-winning, best-selling children's picture book author Mac Barnett, presenting his new book, CIRCLE.

This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.

Ketch Secor - LORRAINE

Event date: 

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special Sunday afternoon featuring Ketch Secor - the Grammy Award-winning founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show -  when he presents and signs LORRAINE.

Ketch Secor will be doing a little performance along with the event – in addition to reading LORRAINE, he’ll talk about the folk music traditions that inspired the story, and he’ll sing and play some tunes on the guitar. It’s definitely a going to be good time for adults and kids alike!

Whitney Stewart - WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE?

Event date: 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:30am

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of children's book author Whitney Stewart's new picture book, WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World. Whitney will give a reading, and engage us in interactive craft activities from the book demonstrating some fun ways to celebrate holidays, to be followed by a book signing.

Holidays are fun—and so is this picture book that introduces kids to 14 celebrations from around the world!

Poppy Tooker - PASCAL'S MANALE COOKBOOK and Sally Asher - THE MERMAIDS OF NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a Saturday afternoon joint author event with Poppy Tooker signing PASCAL'S MANALE COOKBOOK and Sally Asher signing THE MERMAIDS OF NEW ORLEANS.

Poppy Tooker combines family photos, stories and recipes from Pascal's Manale Restaurant into a collection that is much more than just a cookbook. Her exploration into the storied Uptown restaurant, one of the “jewels in New Orleans’ culinary crown,” reveals the history of the family behind it and their influence on the city’s culinary culture. In contrast to the chef driven French dishes of the Creoles, Sicilian cuisine came straight from mama’s kitchen just as the signature dishes on the tables of this beloved eatery. A bastion of Italian cuisine in New Orleans, recipes for Pascal’s Manale’s best-known dishes, including their famous barbecued shrimp, stuffed artichokes, and meatballs have fed their fans for over a century!

Sally Asher tells the story of the mermaids who reside in the Mississippi River, surrounding the Big Easy. These citizens of the sea are much like their land counterparts, culturally and ethnically. Many New Orleans mermaids play in bass bands, eat roeballs in the summer, live in narrow trident houses, and have their own parades (with floats that really float!). And true to mermaid lore, the mermaids are allowed on land one day a year. New Orleans mermaids, of course, choose Mardi Gras, where they can blend in with the vibrant and decorative costumes.

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