Children's Book Event

Dianne de Las Casas - THERE'S A DRAGON IN THE LIBRARY

Event date: 

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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“This clever story is sure to delight all lovers of dragons, books, and libraries. Repetition and refrain make it perfect for reading aloud at story time.”

––Gale Criswell, former children and teen services consultant, State Library of Louisiana

 

Please join us in as fabulous children's author/storyteller Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Marita Gentry team return to Octavia Books for the release party of THERE'S A DRAGON IN THE LIBRARY. There will interactive storytelling and live illustration in an afternoon full of enchanting fun for everyone!

Story time in the library had just come to an end when Max spies something amazing on one of the bookcases. It’s a large, speckled egg that with a loud CRACK breaks to reveal a small dragon. But the dragon doesn’t stay small for very long because he has a real appetite for books. Max tells his mom, the librarian, and even a policeman, but will anyone believe him before the dragon gobbles up the library?

Fresh and bright illustrations bring this story of library adventure to life. A list of Max’s “Book Care Tips” completes this fanciful tale for children, librarians, and anyone who has ever been enchanted by the wonders of the library.

 

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author and recording artist. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs at schools, libraries, festivals, and special events and is a frequent speaker at national and state library and education conferences. The author of Pelican’s The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Mama’s Bayou, and The Gigantic Sweet Potato, de Las Casas lives with her family in the New Orleans area.

 

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is displayed in galleries throughout Louisiana. An accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year, helping schools enliven their walls with murals. This is the fourth book Gentry has dreamed up with Dianne de Las Casas.

John Bemelmans Marciano - MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Event date: 

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us at Octavia Books for storytime and signing with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano featuring his new book MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

From an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, comes a new guest to the White House…Madeline! John Bemelmans Marciano, the grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans, continues the family tradition with MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. With a bouncy read-aloud text and stunning watercolor pictures, John Bemelmans Marciano showcases Washington D.C. just as the original Madeline quintessentially portrayed Paris.

MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE is based on a story Ludwig Bemelmans left unfinished. John Bemelmans Marciano comments, “The idea for sending Madeline to the White House was my grandfather’s and grew out of his friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy. In a series of letters from late 1961 and early 1962, my grandfather sounded out the First Lady on ideas for the book, which he proposed calling “Madeline visits Caroline,” with text from Mrs. Kennedy herself. My grandfather died in 1961, before the book was finished.

In MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, Madeline and the other eleven little girls have a new destination: the White House. They are the guests of Candle, the lonely only daughter of the President, arriving just in time for the annual Easter Egg Roll. On the last night of the visit, Madeline and Candle stay up late playing dress-up, dancing, and telling scary stories, and top off the evening with a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial. Madeline and Candle return home to the White House just in time for the twelve little girls in two straight lines to say “Au revoir, America!”

 

 

And be sure to listen to the wonderful interview with John Bemelmans Marciano by Susan Larson as broadcast on WWNO's THE READING LIFE.  Click here to listen to the podcast now.

 


John Bemelmans Marciano is a self taught illustrator like his grandfather, Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans. He grew up on a horse farm in Three Bridges, New Jersey, and attended Columbia University in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter.

Laurie Halse Anderson - FORGE

Event date: 

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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FORGE by Laurie Halse AndersonOne of our favorite children's/YA book authors, Laurie Halse Anderson, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, is returning to Octavia Books to sign her new book, Forge

In this compelling sequel to Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles—and in the midst of the American Revolution.

The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter. This is where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for free. And then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.

 

 


 

Laurie Halse AndersonLaurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

Octavia Books will be taking Laurie to several local schools during the day. The in-store event will be a signing only. Please call us at 504-899-7323 if you wish to order a signed copy 


 

 

Hester Bass - SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON

Event date: 

Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson when children's books author Hester Bass returns to Octavia Books to sign THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON.

Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn’t much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime. In a beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.

 

The Fairy Godmother Academy - Zally's Book - Jan Bozarth

Event date: 

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The Fairy Godmother Academy #3: Zally's Book by Jan BozarthPlease join us for an afternoon of fun with children's book author Jan Bozarth who is coming to Octavia Books for an interactive presentative, reading and booksigning sign of Zally's Book, the latest in her Fairy Godmother Academy series -- highly recommended for girls ages 8-12.

For girls who are fans of Harry Potter and have outgrown the Disney Fairies series and the American Girl books, the Fairy Godmother Academy is the perfect series—fantasy books filled with magic and adventure but grounded by contemporary girls and issues.

The series boasts an amazing Web site that allows girls to enter the world they visit in the books. There they can do activities both on- and offline, vote for things they'd like to see in the books, and connect with other Fairy Godmother Academy fans.

Zally Guevara always knows where she's going. She has a passion for maps of all kinds and can't wait to pack her suitcase and explore the world. But Zally doesn't have to wait to get her wish. With the help of a cup of magical cocoa from her grandmother, she travels to a place that only girls training to become fairy godmothers can get to—the enchanted dreamland of Aventurine, a place that has no map.

In Aventurine, Zally is given her quest: to save a fairy queen who has lost her will to live. Zally's companions are a young fairy with a broken wing, and a stallion prince. The trio's journey proves to be even more challenging than they could have imagined as they meet monsters and get lost in a ruined fairy city. All the while, Zally is making a map of Aventurine and discovering that she has a talent, passed down from generations of women in her family: understanding the thoughts of animals. But will this be enough to save the fairy queen and ensure that Zally can continue her fairy-godmother training? 

 

 Jan BozarthJan Bozarth
writer, producer, musician, mom, girl, friend, sailor,dreamer, tap dancer, dog lover, time traveler, rock hound, flower essence user, addicted to love, ballet dancer, poetess, carrot cake baker, spirit rider

Jan Bozarth was raised in an international family in Texas in the sixties, the daughter of a Cuban mother and a Welsh father. She danced in a ballet company at eleven, started a dream journal at thirteen, joined a surf club at sixteen, studied flower essences at eighteen, and went on to study music, art, and poetry in college. As a girl, she dreamed of a life that would weave these different interests together. Her dream came true when she grew up and had a big family and a music and writing career. Jan is now a grandmother and writes stories and songs for young people. She often works with her own grown-up children, who are musicians and artists in Austin, Texas. (Sometimes Jan is even the fairy godmother who encourages them to believe in their dreams!) Jan credits her own mother, Dora, with handing down her wisdom: Dream big and never give up.

 

Ruth Carvin - A VISIT TO NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 2:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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A VISIT TO NEW ORLEANS by Ruth CarvinRuth Carvin will sign her post-Katrina edition of her children's book, A Visit to New Orleans with Pictures to Color and Verses to Read.  Written in verse, it is both a storybook and a coloring book.

A Visit to New Orleans follows two children as they explore the city and enjoy it's many attractions.  Originally published in 1984, Ruth updated the book after Hurricane Katrina destroyed both the original film needed for re-printing and many of the attractions that had been included. The post Katrina edition has new verses and illustrations on Jazz Fest, A Swamp Tour, The Canal Streetcar and more. And the back cover includes updated maps showing places of interest to visit with children. 

A VISIT TO NEW ORLEANS coloring book, with the city's highlights detailed in verse by Ruth Carvin and really charming illustrations by Mena Dolobowsky... Safe, educational, chock full of civic pride - what more could you ask for?
-- GAMBIT WEEKLY

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Reading Ice Cream Truck Visits Octavia Books

Event date: 

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Wimpy Kid 5 Ice Cream Truck


Join us as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Reading Ice Cream Truck rolls into town and pulls up to Octavia Books on Saturday August 21, 2010. Starting at 12:00 noon, come get a free frozen treat to celebrate the upcoming publication of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK 5: The Ugly Truth, which is on sale Tuesday November 9, 2010. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly TruthOther free goodies will be handed out

PLEASE NOTE: JEFF KINNEY WILL NOT BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE OR SIGNING BOOKS AT THIS EVENT. However, you may pre-order Book 5 from us now or at the event; and other Wimpy Kid books will be for sale at the event as well.

 

Jewell Parker Rhodes - Ninth Ward

Event date: 

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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NINTH WARD by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes has written a powerful novel about family and survival in the face of tragedy and has created in her twelve-year-old narrator Lanesha, a true heroine. [She] shows a kind of bravery and big-heartedness that is a gift she passes along to her friend, her community and the readers of this luminous book.
―Walter Mosley

An absolutely exquisite children's debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Jewell's vivid writing brings the setting to life, in a story that is both timely and unforgettable.
―Patricia Reilly Giff

 

Join us when award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes returns to Octavia Books to read and sign NINTH WARD, a New Orleans-set novel which we highly recommend for young readers ages 10 and up.

Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, it's up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.

NINTH WARD has just been become the pick for Al's Book Club by The Today Show's Al Roker. Click here to watch Jewell Parker Rhodes' appearance at Al's Book Club.

 

Jewell Parker Rhodes Jewell Parker Rhodes' books, including Voodoo Dreams and Douglass' Women, have won awards such as the American Book Award and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence. Jewell is the Artistic Director for Global Engagement and the Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. With NINTH WARD she makes a stunning debut into children's fiction, demonstrating the her writing transcends ages.

Gigantic Sweet Potato Release Party

Event date: 

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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A charming tale, cooked up with Southern sass. Made to be read aloud and savored.
–Bruce Hale, author of Snoring Beauty and the Chet Gecko series

 

Join award-winning author & storyteller Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Marita Gentry for the launch of The Gigantic Sweet Potato. Live illustration will accompany interactive storytelling. Celebrate with us and help Dianne & Marita unearth their newest and sweetest book yet! Tons of fun for everyone!

When Ma Farmer gets a hankering for some sweet potato pie, she decides to plant a sweet potato in her garden. But when it comes time to harvest, the sweet potato has grown to be so enormous that it is stuck! So Ma grabs Pa, but the sweet potato still won’t budge. Soon Bessie Cow, Ralphie Dog, and Kitty Cat join in to help; that sweet potato sure is stubborn. When itty-bitty Lily Mouse offers to help, everyone soon learns that a small and mighty effort can yield GIGANTIC rewards.
This sweet adaptation of the Russian folktale “The Giant Turnip” features vibrant watercolor illustrations to accompany the singsong text. Ma Farmer’s secret (and kid-friendly) recipe for sweet potato pie and sweet potato fun facts complete the book.

 

The Junie B. Jones® Stupid Smelly Bus Tour

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:30am

Event address: 

Louisian Children's Museum
420 Julia Street
70130 New Orleans
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You are invited to join Octavia Books when we hold a very special children's book event at the Louisiana Children's Museum welcoming the “Junie B. Jones® Stupid Smelly Bus Tour” — a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that brings Junie B. live and in-person, across the country to meet her fans.  She will ride in the Stupid, Smelly Bus to 17 cities for fun-filled events.

Fans will enjoy Junie B.’s hilarious antics through live, theatrical performances based on the bestselling Junie B. Jones® series.

The event will also include cool Junie B. giveaways, and an official “book stamping.”  Octavia Books will have lots of Junie B. Jones® books on hand for purchase at the event.

Junie B. Stupid Smelly Bus Tour
Come along for the ride!

 

 

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