Children's Book Event

Connie Collins Morgan - THE RUNAWAY BEIGNET

Event date: 

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

Event address: 

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

The Runaway BeignetPlease join us for a storytime reading and signing with children's book author Connie Collins Morgan featuring THE RUNAWAY BEIGNET and other books.

In the heart of New Orleans lived an old baker named Marcel who made the most delicious beignets in the entire city. While his heart is filled with kindness, his home is cold and lonely. To repay some gratitude, a mysterious stranger grants Marcel a wish with his magic bag of sugar in this Louisiana-flavored retelling of a classic tale. Out of the sugared pastry pops the beignet boy with a penchant for trouble, who zips from Canal Street through Jackson Square and the French Market. His hilarious antics, a smattering of French phrases, and New Orleans cultural icons scattered like powdered sugar on the deliciously re-spun story will delight readers of all ages.

Jo Watson Hackl - SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

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

You must join us for a special afternoon reading and booksigning with middle grade children's book author Jo Watson Hackl featuring SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE.

A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut

How far would you go to find something that might not even exist?

All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.

Blue Balliett - OUT OF THE WILD NIGHT

Event date: 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

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

I love to hand over big, controversial ideas to kids – ideas that might make a person of any age stop and wonder.”
—Blue Balliett

Please join us for a reading and signing with New York Times bestselling and award-winning children's book author Blue Balliett featuring her new book, OUT OF THE WILD NIGHT, an unforgettable story about an island haunted by the past … and the ghosts who must help with the present.

Ghosts are alive on the island of Nantucket. You can hear them in the wind, and in the creaks of the old homes. They want to be remembered. And, even more, they want to protect what was once theirs.

Erin Entrada Kelly - YOU GO FIRST

Event date: 

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us when 2018 Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly, HELLO, UNIVERSE, visits Octavia Books with YOU GO FIRST, an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. We are also very excited to be taking Erin to three schools throughout the day.

Tom Watson - STICK DOG CRASHES A PARTY

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

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

Stick Dog Crashes a Party by Tom WatsonImportant update:

This event has been moved from 4pm to 1pm and will be a signing only due to travel schedule changes. We are sorry for the inconveniences from causes beyond our control.

Join us for a special after-school visit from children's book author Tom Watson, whose very popular and hilarious Stick Dog series continues with STICK DOG CRASHES A PARTY - a festive adventure complete with cake, ribs, fireworks, and very special guests!

Johnette Downing and Heather Stanley - MADEMOISELLE GRANDS DOIGTS - launch

Event date: 

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for the book launch party celebrating the release of author Johnette Downing's and illustrator Heather Stanley's fun new children's picture book, MADEMOISELLE GRANDS DOIGTS. Come by for a book reading and illustration talk and enjoy sweet treats, coloring sheets and crafts.

Jennifer Adams - BabyLit

Event date: 

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for an afternoon presentation and signing with children's book author Jennifer Adams featuring her fantastic BabyLit series, including her just released. THE NUTCRACKER: A BabyLit Dancing Primer - this board book features soldiers marching, mice prancing, snowflakes swirling, dolls bending, and buffoons skipping as a way to introduce basic movement terms to babies and toddlers.

Marita Gentry - THE CAJUN CORNBREAD BOY AND THE BUTTERMILK BISCUIT GIRL - book launch

Event date: 

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:30pm

Event address: 

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

Much-beloved children’s book author and friend Dianne de Las Casas tragically died just a few days before this book was published. We will fondly remember Dianne when illustrator Marita Gentry comes to present and sign the book they created together. THE CAJUN CORNBREAD BOY AND THE BUTTERMILK BISCUIT GIRL is a sequel to Dianne and Marita’s CAJUN CORNBREAD BOY which they launched at Octavia Books eight years ago. Join us in celebration and remembrance.

“You can’t catch us—we’re buttermilk and cayenne!”

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