Children's Picture Book Event

Rob Owen - SPY BOY CHEYENNE, AND NINETY-SIX CRAYONS

Event date: 

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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This colorful journey demonstrates strength and independence while participating in important cultural and family traditions. An eight-year-old boy masks for the first time as Spy Boy in his Mardi Gras Indian tribe. His dad, Big Chief, and everyone else in the tribe, make suits in almost every color, including Goldenrod and Granny Smith Apple, just like the colors in Spy Boy’s crayon box. Spy Boy proudly leads his tribe down crowded New Orleans streets, but when he looks back, he discovers that he is lost and separated from his tribe. Follow Spy Boy as his spirit guide, Cheyenne, and his box of ninety-six crayons help him return to his family. The unique and fun spirit of this book is highlighted by author Rob Owen’s nine-year-old daughter, who colored his drawings with her own crayons.

Author and illustrator Rob Owen has worked as a graphic designer and professional artist for many years. During his process of obtaining his BFA from Loyola University in New Orleans, he studied writing, graphic design, and many art forms, including drawing, photography, videography, and painting. After Hurricane Katrina, Owen was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme cancer, a fatal brain cancer, and is one of the few survivors. He has been fascinated by the people and culture of New Orleans since moving to the city in high school. This is Owen’s first book. A lifelong southerner who has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina, Owen has always had an affinity for art and storytelling.

Judy Schachner - BIT & PIECES

Event date: 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for a special visit from favorite New York Times bestselling Skippyjon Jones author/illustrator Judy Schachner when she gives a storytime reading and signing of BITS AND PIECES, her new picture book, highly recommended for ages 3-5

A deeply affectionate story about the power of family… and love, as only Judy Schachner can tell it.

Tink the cat has lived a long and happy life. He’s had everything he has ever wanted, including a family who loves him. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks away for one unforgettable night.

With smudgy, meltingly tender illustrations, Judy Schachner creates a warm and affectionate portrait of a cat who is loved to bits and pieces.

 

 

Best Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much loved Grannyman, as well as stories by others, including How the Cat Swallowed Thunder, by bestselling author Lloyd Alexander. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her family, a dog, and two Siamese cats.

postponed -- William Joyce-THE MISCHIEVIANS

Event date: 

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 5:00pm

We regret that, due to a family emergency, this event been postponed until further notice.

Please join us for a very special evening with William Joyce featuring his new picture book, THE MISCHIEVIANS.

Where’s my homework? Who took my other sock? What’s that in my belly button? The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award–winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore have found the answers to these and other life mysteries…and no, it’s not your fault!

The StinkerStrange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can’t reach. It’s not your fault! It’s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. All the things that bug you. All the things that YOU get blamed for!

There is no cause for alarm (sorta). Come meet the Homework Eater, the fiend who steals your homework! See the Endroller, the villain who uses up ALL the toilet paper! Discover the Yawn Mower, the creature who makes you yawn at the worst possible time! And many, many more. Read on, and be free.

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport.

 

 

Brian Floca - LOCOMOTIVE

Event date: 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

Meet talented children's book writer and illustrator Brian Floca when he comes to Octavia Books to present and sign his new picture book, LOCOMOTIVE. Floca spent years researching LOCOMOTIVE – which includes traveling along the entire path of the first transcontinental railroad. His presentation will be filled with history. And, the book has already been critically heralded now with four starred reviews.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

 

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Locomotive, which explores America’s first transcontinental railroad. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. 

Alex McConduit - Thorn in My Horn

Event date: 

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for storytime and a booksigning with Alex McConduit featuring his latest children's picture book, THORN IN MY HORN, about a young musician in New Orleans who LOVES to play his horn. His mother, on the other hand, cannot stand to hear the noise! She's literally a thorn in his horn! This beautiful book includes detailed illustrations by Darrell Rollo that accurately depict the French Quarter, Jackson Square and other iconic places in The Big Easy. THORN IN MY HORN is a rhyming, children's picture book suitable for ages 3 and up.

Alexander McConduit founded Big Boot Books and published his first book, The Little Who Dat, Who Didn’t IN 2010.  In 2012, Alex published his second book, Snowballs for All, a children’s rhyming book about a kid and his search for snowballs. Later that year, he also founded W.R.I.T.E., a youth publishing program that transforms students in New Orleans into published authors. Since 2010, Alex has visited more than 100 schools throughout the Gulf Coast to share his books and  encourage kids to read, write and follow their dreams. For these efforts, Alex was honored as one of Gambit Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 for the year of 2012.

 

Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin - CLICK, CLACK, BOO!: A Tricky Treat

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a very special after-school event with children's book author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin, creators of the Caldecott Honor book Click, Clack, Moo when they come to Octavia Books to read & sign their wonderful new book, CLICK, CLACK, BOO!

Farmer Brown and all the cows reunite this August as children's book author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin are releasing a brand new picture book CLICK, CLACK, BOO! And, they are on their way to Octavia Books to meet you, and read and sign book for you.

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Two Eggs, Please. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

Anna Dewdney - Llama Llama

Event date: 

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 11:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come meet Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of the bestselling Llama Llama books, while she is visiting Octavia Books to sign her books. This will be an amazing opportunity to purchase signed editions of her new book, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, as well as some old favorites.

Only copies purchased from Octavia Books will be signed.

 

Llama Llama learns how to deal with a bully!
Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.

Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.


Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?

Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.
Anna Dewdney lives just over a covered bridge in southern Vermont. She is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama. Other award-winning books in the series include Llama Lama and the Bully Goat, Llama Lama Time to Share, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and Llama Llama Mad at Mama. She is also the author/illustrator of Nobunny's Perfect, Roly Poly Pangolin, and Grumpy Gloria. Anna worked as a rural mail carrier and taught at a boys' boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. Anna is an outspoken advocate of literacy; she speaks regularly on this topic and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal and other national outlets. She is a mom to two away-from-home daughters and three stay-at-home dogs.

 

Tad Hills - GOOSE NEEDS A HUG and HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ

Event date: 

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join with us in celebrating Screen Free Week when children's picture book author/illustrator Tad Hills visits Octavia Books for a reading and activities, followed by a signing of his Duck & Goose title, GOOSE NEEDS A HUG

And, with any luck, we will also hear Tad read some other favorites, especially his instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, ROCKET WRITES A STORY.

Learn to read with this picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

How Rocket Learned to Read

We are here to help you and your family UNPLUG and Read during Screen Free Week, and to raise awareness about the importance of balancing screen time against other developmentally important tasks, like reading.

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose. He has created four board books featuring the same characters: What's Up, Duck?, an ALA Notable Book; Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3; Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?; and Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin. He is also the illustrator of Waking Up Wendell, by April Stevens; My Fuzzy Friends; and Knock, Knock, Who's There? Tad Hills lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket who has not (yet) learned how to read! 

 

Rebecca Emberley - The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Event date: 

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us when renowned children's picture book author and illustrator Rebecca Emberley comes to Octavia Books to celebrate the release of THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER. Here is a gorgeous retelling by Rebecca and her Caldacott Medal-winning father, Ed Emberley, of the classic tale of a spider climbing up the water spout. Using their unique collage artwork, the Emberleys' vision breathes new life and brilliant color into this toddler favorite. This is not your grandmother's spider!

Heavy weight page stock and brightly colored illustrations of spider and sunshine make this book perfect for toddlers.

 

REBECCA EMBERLEY has been creating acclaimed children's books for over 35 years has had over 40 titles published by major trade publishers such as Scholastic, Hachette and Macmillan and had enjoyed great success with her own books, as well as those she co-authored with her super talented father, ED EMBERLEY, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Drummer Hoff. Together, they have created the highly praised picture books, The Ant and the Grasshoper, Ten Little Beasties, Chicken Little, The Red Hen.  She lives in Kittery, Maine with her husband and daughter.

Alex Beard - CROCODILE'S TEARS

Event date: 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Celebrate Children's Book Week with us by joining us when artist/author Alex Beard comes to tell stories from and sign his three wonderful books, CROCODILE'S TEARS, MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW, and THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE.

CROCODILE'S TEARS tells the story of a rhino and a tickbird and the endangered animals they encounter on a journey to discover why crocodile is crying. This funny and cautionary tale has been heralded by Kirkus Review as, "...ecological storytelling at it's finest!"

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW tells the story of a troop of monkeys and an elephant who learn to paint and draw with their hands and feet in a tale about confronting fears and the discovery of creative expression.

THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE tells the story of eight African animals who learn about the dangers of rumors through an outrageous game of telephone.

Octavia Books has been selected as an official event host site for the 94th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week,  May 13-19 in 2013! The longest-running national literacy initiative, Children’s Book Week is celebrated yearly in schools, libraries, bookstores, and homes across the country.  We will also be hosting a post Children's Book Week event featuring author Cladia Gray featuring her new YA novel, SPELLCASTER - click here for details.

 

Alex Beard is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation’s most creative and successful artists. Influenced to think creatively from a young age by his uncle, noted photographer, Peter Beard, and his mother, author and editor, Patricia Beard, Alex grew up in the NYC of the 1970’s among some of the world’s most interesting and influential people – Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, and their Pop World cohorts were familiar faces in the Beard household.

Alex studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and participated in the New York Studio School’s Drawing Marathon.  His first solo exhibition was in SoHo during his early twenties.  Since then, he has had significant one-man shows in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and in cities as far afield as Hong Kong.  He is the creator of a unique style of painting called “Abstract Naturalism,” and is considered by many as a successor to the school of visual mathematicians championed by M.C. Escher.  Alex’s artwork hangs in public and private collections around the world.

Alex is also an adventurer. His extensive travels, and his desire to visit the world’s most untouched and often remote wildernesses have brought him on extended journeys through Africa, India, Australia, the Americas, and Asia.

Alex’s New Orleans studio, like his New York studio before it, has become the hub of an art career that has blossomed into more than just a creative endeavor; but also a successful enterprise.  Alex’s studio is open to the public in a way that encourages and fosters interaction between the artist and his audience.  Vanity Fair magazine singled Alex out as “... an accomplished artist, an adventurer and an accidental entrepreneur.”

 

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