Children's Book Event

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.”

 

Kid Chef Eliana - COOL KIDS COOK

Event date: 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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“Kid Chef Eliana is an inspiration to kid and adult chefs alike and in Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, her passion shines through. She’s teaching us all to do what we love, be creative, and put our heart in every dish.” – Chef John Besh

Please join us for a booksiging with Kid Chef Eliana celebrating the launch of her new book, COOL KIDS COOK.

Kid Chef Eliana keeps the good times rolling in this kid-friendly cookbook celebrating our Louisiana cuisine. With nearly thirty exciting recipes you can follow, from Jambalaya to Maque Choux to Boudin Balls to Pralines, Eliana guides you on a culinary journey through Louisiana. No matter your age,  she shows you how to safely prepare some most delicious dishes that will excite the taste buds of family and friends.

Kid Chef Eliana is the youngest person ever named a "40 Under 40" by GAMBIT WEEKLY and is one of the 10 "Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks" according to the Daily Meal and Fox News.  She has her own global weekly radio on the VoiceAmerica Kids network. Eliana was a competitor in Superchef Kids produced by the creator of Iron Chef. She recently appeared on nationally televised The Wendy Williams Show.

Michael Hearst - UNUSUAL CREATURES

Event date: 

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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"Warning: Michael Hearst has unleashed some powerful wonder-awe juju here. You may be gripped by a giddy urge to drop what you're doing, abandon your career, and take your kids off to Africa to see a hammer-headed bat. I will see you there!"  -Mary Roach, Author of Packing For Mars

 

Join us when quirky author and composer Michael Hearst returns to Octavia Books to present and sign his recent book, UNUSUAL CREATURES: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals, and companion CD, Songs for Unusual Creatures. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardigrade. And in case learning about hagfish slime isn't enough to pique your interest, Hearst will also perform a few songs inspired by the animals on such odd-ball instruments as the theremin and the stylophone.

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent, The Recipe Project, in which the band has taken recipes from today’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, David Chang, etc.), set them to music, and sing them word for word. Michael's solo works include the albums Songs For Ice Cream Trucks and Songs For Unusual Creatures, the website Songs For Newsworthy News, and the soundtracks for the movies Magic Camp, The House Of Suh and The Good Mother. As a writer, Michael's work has appeared in such journals as McSweeney's, The Lifted Brow, and Post Road. His first book, Unusual Creatures, was published by Chronicle Books just a few months ago. Hearst also hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called 18:59 and is a producer for the website Cassette From My Ex. He has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR's Fresh Air, A+E's Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC's The Today Show.

 

Dianne de Las Casas & Holly Stone-Barker - THE LITTLE "READ" HEN

Event date: 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please come join us along with your young readers for the  release party for THE LITTLE "READ" HEN with favorite children's picture books author Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Holly Stone-Barker. It is a fun literary spin on a beloved folktale that is perfect for aspiring young writers interested in learning how their own fledgling ideas can hatch into a polished story.

When the Little “Read” Hen’s friends won’t help her write an “egg-cellent” story, she doesn’t let it ruffle her feathers—she just does it herself! Readers of all ages will laugh aloud at the determined Little “Read” Hen as she coops herself up and cracks open her books for research. She doesn’t let her friends put her in a fowl mood—instead, she googles for information on her “eggPad.” Brainstorming, researching, outlining, drafting, editing, and proofing: all the ingredients of the “Write Recipe" for a well-crafted tale are included in this punny book. Readers are encouraged to follow the directions and writie their own story.

In a true collaboration with the author, Holly Stone-Barker’s vibrant cut-paper illustrations add riotous fun to each page. Throughout the book are silly wordplays on popular names, such as “The Hen in the Hat,” “Where the Wild Hens Are,” and a favorite coffee house, “Starbawks.” From hand-cut straw to individual feathers, each illustration is something to crow about!

Cornell P. Landry - THE AMAZING ADVENTURE OF MARDI GRAS BEAD DOG

Event date: 

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Favorite local children's picture book author Cornell Landry (GOODNIGHT NOLA) is returning to Octavia Books just in time to put you in that Mardi Gras spirit with a story time reading and signing of his shinny new book, THE AMAZING ADVENTURE OF MARDI GRAS BEAD DOG, the irresistible tale of a boy, his bead dog, and what ensues.

DR. SEUSS SNOOZAPALOOZA PAJAMA PARTY!

Event date: 

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 10:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Everyone loves Dr. Seuss and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, we’re having a party at the bookstore. So, come dressed in your jammies Sunday morning; and we’ll read favorite stories and have fun with some special activities, like the longest -- and loudest -- yawn! Recommended ages 4-7.

Johnette Downing - WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN

Event date: 

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when award-winning children's picture book author and musician Johnette Downing presents and signs her wonderful new book, WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN.

An adaptation of a traditional Choctaw tale told in the rhythmic verse reminiscent of the classic Br’er Rabbit tales, this vivid and clever story comes to life through illustrations and unique storytelling. Sly Possum is manipulative and knows that the very hungry Deer will do anything to reach the beautiful persimmons waiting in the tree. Possum is hungry as well, but does not feel like helping Deer—he’s just too lazy! Possum could simply climb the tree and knock down the fruit, but he prefers to trick Deer into doing all the work. Deer tries his hardest to get the persimmons down, but Possum only laughs and laughs. What results is a change in both of them that lasts forever.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include six Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and four National Parenting Publication Awards. Here books include: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, Amazon Alphabet. Chef Creole, Down in Louisiana, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Today Is Monday in Louisiana. Downing lives in New Orleans.

 

Rebecca & Ed Emberley - THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

Event date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

The ArtEgg Studios
1001 South Broad St. (under S. Broad overpass, across from Times-Picayune)
70125 New Orleans
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Please come to the ArtEgg Studios to meet well-know children's book authors/illustrators Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley and help them celebrate the launch of their newest book, THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER.

"While maintaining the archetypes of the hardworking ant and laid-back grasshopper, the Emberleys transform Aesop’s fable about preparedness into a joyful celebration of community and music with a Cajun flair."--Publishers Weekly, starred

“The Emberleys offer such a joyful, imaginative interpretation of the classic that even the youngest will understand the unstated message to ‘eat, drink and be merry.’”--Kirkus, starred

 

Rebecca Emberley will also be with Octavia Books on Saturday morning at the 3rd Annual New Orleans Children's Book Festival at the Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue.

 

Rebecca Emberley and her father Ed Emberley, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Drummer Hoff, have created the highly praised picture books Ten Little Beasties, Chicken Little, The Red Hen. Both live in New England—Ed in Massachusetts and Rebecca in Maine.

For directions, see http://www.artegg.com/directions

Cornell P. Landry - THE TIGER & THE HONEY BADGER TAKE ON THE ZOO

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for story time and a booksigning with the inimitable Cornell Landry, author of GOODNIGHT NOLA, as he returns to Octavia Books with his new book,THE TIGER & THE HONEY BADGER TAKE ON THE ZOO.

A lovely story about a tiger and his best friend challenging an elephant and his friends to a game of football.

What could be sweeter?

 

AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT LSU OR THE SEC. ANY LIKENESSES ARE STRICTLY COINCIDENTAL. 

Cornell P. Landry - Steeped in New Orleans—just like a strong cup of coffee from Café Du Monde— Cornell Landry and his work embody the city he has known and loved for 43 years. Born and raised just across the Mississippi River in what the locals call the Westbank, Cornell grew up in a family where he was surrounded by faith, tradition and delicious food every single day.

 

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