Children's Picture Book Event

Mike Curato - LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a very special story-time reading and booksigning with children's picture book author/illustrator Mike Curato featuring LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY, winner of the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Book Award Honor (which he will receive two days after his Octavia Books appearance).

Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises . . . sometimes in the smallest of packages.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy--like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter--a friend.

Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - mother/daughter author duo storytelling, cooking demo & booksigning

Event date: 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Celebrate Spring with children's picture book author Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - storytelling and a cooking demo! Dianne will tell an "egg-cellent" story while Kid Chef Eliana demonstrates 3 ways to use boiled eggs.

Story time with Miss Holly and special guest author Claudia Gray.

Event date: 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:15am

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

For the kickoff of Independent Bookstore Day and the final day of Children's Book Week, please join us at 9:15AM for story time with our own Miss Holly and special guest author Claudia Gray.

Featured books include, Captain Cat, This Orq, and Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads.  And, we will be giving away Children's Books Week book tote bags and gifts.

Good Night, Sleep Tight Storytime with Miss Holly

Event date: 

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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What happens when a bunny family finds
a wolf on their front stoop and adopts him?

 

Why do bears need underwear?

 

Find the answers the these important bedtime questions and so many others when our own Miss Holly regales young readers with a range of picture book tales on Friday, February 27, 2015, 5-5:30 P.M.

 

Suzanne Lewis - A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE book launch

Event date: 

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Meet author Suzanne Lewis on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 11-1, and help us launch her first picture book, A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story.

Patience is a South African penguin. She is small at roughly 6 pounds and approximately 20 inches tall; but at 24 years old, she is the "penguin in charge" of the penguin exhibit at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hits, devastating the city and surrounding areas with its catastrophic winds and flooding. The aquarium is severely damaged. With no electricity or relief in sight, the temperature in the aquarium reaches dangerously high degrees, putting the penguins in peril. Patience, and the 18 other penguins, along with some of the other zoo animals, must leave their home and their favorite human, Tom, the penguin keeper. Tom drives his penguins to Baton Rouge where an airplane transfers them to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Here the penguins will recuperate and live until they can return home to New Orleans. After nine long months away from Tom and their home, the aquarium is finally restored. And Patience, who has been patient, and her penguins return to New Orleans to a cheering homecoming.
 

Suzanne Lewis is a former art director, commercial photographer, and bookseller. She wrote her first children’s book after visiting the Audubon Aquarium and learning about Patience. Suzanne lives in Santa Rosa, California. 

Eric Kimmel - SIMON AND THE BEAR and HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS

Event date: 

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Simon and the Bear

Renowned children's book author Eric Kimmel, who has published over fifty books, joins us on Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 PM to present and sign his new book, SIMON AND THE BEAR: A HANUKKAH TALE and the 25th Anniversary Edition of his his beloved Caldecott Honor-winning classic, HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS.

SIMON AND THE BEAR

Before Simon sails to America, he promises his family that he will get a job and send for them. Simon's mother knows he will need a miracle, so she reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah wherever he may be. Little does either of them know that Simon will spend the first night of Hanukkah on an ice floe after his ship sinks.The lone survivor out in the wide ocean, Simon lights the first candle, and it attracts a visitor: a polar bear. Does she eat him? No! She shares his latkes, enjoys his songs, goes fishing for him, and even keeps him warm at night. By the last day of Hanukkah, Simon has nearly given up hope of ever being rescued. But then he recounts all of the miracles that have befallen him so far. Perhaps it is not too much to hope for one more, he thinks, as he lights all of the candles in the menorah. The bright glow signals a passing ship, and Simon makes it to New York after all. This fanciful Hanukkah tale-like none you've ever read before-celebrates eight miracles: family, friendship, hope, selflessness, sharing, faith, courage, and love. A retelling of the ancient Hanukkah story is included on the last page.

HERSHEL AND THE HANNUKAH GOBLINS

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches the next village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. The villagers are being tormented by a band of goblins who hate Hanukkah. Brave Hershel leaps to the villagers' rescue. For seven nights he fools and ousts one dim-witted goblin after another. But on the eighth night, a truly awful goblin arrives to put an end to Hershel. What will it take for a lone man to stand up to such a monster, save Hanukkah, and live to tell the tale?

This event is brought to you in partnership with the PJ Library, the Jewish Community Day School and the New Orleans Jewish Community Center.

Eric KimmelEric A. Kimmel  was born in Brooklyn, New York and wanted to be an author ever since kindergarten, when he first learned of their existence. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Education and taught college courses in language arts, children's literature, and storytelling until he retired from teaching in 1993 to become a full-time writer. His first book came out in 1974. Since then he has published over fifty titles, many of which have won numerous state awards, appeared on school and library recommended lists, and won prestigious awards such as the Caldecott Honor Medal (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins) and the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award (The Chanukkah Guest and Gershon's Monster). Eric and his wife Doris live in Portland, Oregon.

 

Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy - YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WITHOUT MY COFFEE

Event date: 

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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You Wouldn't Like Me Without My Coffee

The authors of WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO are back with YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WITHOUT MY COFFEE. Meet Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, and illustrator Danny Marin on Friday, October 10, 5:30, at their book launch event. Red carpets, popcorn, the works!

Sam and Lou's parents crave their morning coffee. What happens when they go without it? The brothers are determined to find out. But taking their parents' coffee isn't such a great idea.

"A children's story through a lens, darkly funny"
-David Lee Simmons

 

About the Creators

Danny MarinDanny Marin is an actor, creative-effects artist, and illustrator. He created make-up effects for Green Lantern and Battle: Los Angeles. Danny averages four cups of coffee a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace and RyanGrace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy are a husband-and-wife writing team. They wrote the award-winning book What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo. Grace and Ryan both suffer from Grace's morning rage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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