Children's Book Event

No Cell Phone Day by Delfeayo Marsalis

Event date: 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us along with friends of the Child Development Program (CDP) for a special reading/performance by members of the Marsalis Family featuring Delfeayo Marsalis's new picture book, NO CELL PHONE DAY - followed by a jazz concert by local musicians. And, just mention CDP when you check out and we will donate a portion of your purchases to CDP.

NO CELL PHONE DAY is a children’s picture book written by world-renowned NEA Jazz Master and Grammy award-winning producer, Delfeayo Marsalis and illustrated by award-winning Harlem artist, Reginald W. Butler.  The book playfully addresses the idea of imposing technology and how it affects our relationships with loved ones. In the book, Delfeayo and his daughter decide to put down their cell phones for a day to explore their hometown of New Orleans! Along the way, they see the sites, hear the sounds and enjoy all the great things The Big Easy has to offer. Most importantly, they spend quality time TOGETHER!

 


Click here to watch the video trailer for the book.

 

The Child Development Program is a center-based Infant Nursery and Preschool in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the mission to foster the social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of young children from ages six weeks through Pre-K.

 

 

Whitney Stewart - A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Event date: 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when children's book author Whitney Stewart presents and signs her new picture book, A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Whitney not only dishes up a great story, but as a special treat she will be dishing out tastes of Hans' fabulous gumbo made from a recipe you can follow from the last page of A CATFISH TALE. Seafood stock that Hans makes from scratch. Start with a roux. Onions, celery, and garlic...shrimp and crabmeat. Yum!

Here is the story:

Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn't have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does—for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is "Ah, tooloulou—if that ain't the easiest thing to do." But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?

 

Whitney Stewart is the author of many books for children including: Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue; Who Was Walt Disney?; Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha; and Jammin' on the Avenue. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband Hans and son.

 

 

 

 

D.J. MacHale - STORM

Event date: 

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale (PENDRAGON), comes to present and sign STORM, Book 2 of his action-fueled, tantalizingly plotted SYLO CHRONICLES sci-fi conspiracy trilogy.

A thrilling trilogy that begins on a peaceful island community that is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, and quickly becomes a massive conflict that will determine the future of mankind. A group of young people uncover clues they hope will lead to the truth behind the madness for nothing is what it first appears to be. The quest to defend their home is made all the more difficult because they can’t be sure of who to trust…and who to fear. Everyone is a suspect. Nowhere is safe.

Click here to watch D.J. MacHale talk about SYLO CHRONICLES

 

D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. You can visit him online at djmachalebooks.com.

Michael Fry - THE ODD SQUAD

Event date: 

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when renowned cartoonist Michael Fry (co-creator and writer of OVER THE HEDGE) comes to read and sign his two recent ODD SQUAD books: ZERO TOLERANCE and BULLY BAIT -- middle-grade illustrated novels for all ages.




Michael Fry has been a cartoonist/writer/entrepreneur for over 30 years. In addition to THE ODD SQUAD novels, Fry has created or co/created four international syndicated comic strips, including Over the Hedge, which runs in 150 newspapers worldwide - and it was adapted into the hit animated movie of the same name.  Over the Hedge was nominated for Best Comic Strip in 2006 by the National Cartoonist Society Rueben Awards.

Fry writes and draws from his studio in the Hill Country near Austin where he lives with his wife, Kim, their dog, Jack, and several shrub-eating cows.

 

Kid Chef Eliana – COOL KIDS COOK: Fresh & Fit

Event date: 

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for a demonstration and signing with Kid Chef Eliana celebrating the launch of her third cookbook. Come meet her and learn about the mouth-watering recipes in COOL KIDS COOK: Fresh and Fit.

Everyone benefits from healthy menus, and Kid Chef Eliana has created a collection of twenty-six recipes that focus on flavor and fresh ingredients. Her recipes are easy to prepare and kid-friendly. With mouth-watering dishes, including such tasty treats as Vinegar and Sea Salt Kale Chips, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, and Inside-Out Peach Crumble, the whole family will be eating nutritious meals prepared by their very own kids!

Kid Chef Eliana competed on the series Super Chef Kids and has her own global, weekly radio show titled “Cool Kids Cook” on the Voice America Kids network. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the Wendy Williams Show and is in production on her own food show. Eliana does cooking demonstrations around the Louisiana at festivals and events and loves to experiment with traditional recipes to make them healthier and easier to prepare. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Dianne de Las Casas – CINDERELLAPHANT

Event date: 

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come join children's picture book author Dianne de Las Casas along with illustrator Stefan Jolet to celebrate the release of their new book, CINDERELLAPHANT (ages 4-8).

With her trademark wit and humor, storyteller Dianne de Las Casas transports readers to an animal kingdom far, far away, where the pretty pachyderm, Ellaphant, lives with her odious step-mother and two ugly step-hippos. Aided by her fairy godmouse, Cinderellaphant is whisked away in a peanut carriage to foxtrot, bunny hop, and tango hoof to hoof with the charming zebra prince. Elephants may have a long memory, but it’s the prince who can’t get Cinderellaphant out of his head as he uses her gargantuan glass slipper to track her down. A true lesson in looking beyond the surface, this punny story will delight and entertain with its whimsical illustrations and charmingly told tale.

The book’s colorful critters are delightfully portrayed in Stefan Jolet’s whimsical drawings of festooned raccoons and sanguine penguins. Combined with fun and inventive storytelling, this delightful twist on a time-honored standard ensures that readers have a whole new classic to fall in love with. Charming, comical, and charismatic, everyone will be enchanted by this elegant elephant.

 

WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO

Event date: 

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a storytime reading and signing featuring authors Grace Millsaps & Ryan Murphy, illustratrators John Clark IV & Alyson Kilday, the "krewe" that created this outstanding new children's picture book, WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO.

Have you ever taken a child to the zoo and had to explain why the animals were not as active as they expected? That’s what happened to Renee’s father when he took his daughter to New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo.

“The lions were lazy.
The snakes just snored.
The dolphins were drowsy.
The boars were… a bore.”

Renee asks her dad why the animals were sleeping all day. Her father doesn’t know, but as dads are wont to do, he makes up an elaborate story instead of just saying, “I don’t know.”  He tells about how the animals were playing music, dancing, having feasts, and playing games all night long!

“The hippos hip hop.
The flamingos flamenco.
The rhinos rock out.
The tarantulas tango.”

He explains that by the time the zoo opens, the animals are all tuckered out. Renee doesn’t buy it, and tells him his story is too far-fetched to be true. Her father says that when the animals yawn, he can tell what they’ve been up to. In the end, Renee has to believe him because when they’re leaving, she catches a glimpse of a monkey with a guitar. Dad was right all along!


Grace Millsaps is an early childhood educator at Isidore Newman School and the Saint Charles Avenue Presbyterian Nursery School. She has taught children in China and Italy, and she has lived in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a troupe member at The New Movement, a theater for improvisational comedy in the Marigny. She writes a blog on child development and food at GraceMillsaps.com. Grace is a graduate of Emory University where she studied anthropology. She is married to Ryan Murphy.

John Clark IV is graphic designer and illustrator who co-founded the local creative agency HOP & JAUNT. He and his partner, Alyson Kilday, founded HOP & JAUNT during a year sabbatical while sailing through the Caribbean and South America. At the end of their travels, they decided to plant their design business in the only place that would satisfy their love for interesting places, New Orleans. John is the cartoonist for the Today in NOLA cartoon series that celebrates the quirks of life in New Orleans. He is a graduate of University of South Alabama.

Ryan Murphy is a local attorney, writer, comedian, and pedicab driver. While being born in New Orleans, he has traveled the globe, teaching at Heilongjiang Institute of Technology in Harbin, China and writing for China Economic Review magazine in Shanghai, China. He is a troupe member at The New Movement. He contributes to the local technology and entrepreneurship news site Silicon Bayou News. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Boston University School of Law.

Alyson Kilday is co-founder of HOP & JAUNT | Creative Agency, a design and branding agency based in New Orleans. She and her partner, John Clark IV, moved to New Orleans to start their design agency after sailing through the Caribbean and South America. The name comes from their popular travel blog Alyson created while traveling. Having lived and visited over a dozen countries, Alyson speaks Japanese and Spanish fluently. Aly is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Dianne de Las Casas and Holly Stone-Barker - THE HOUSE THAT SANTA BUILT

Event date: 

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Favorite local children's book author Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Holly Stone-Barker return to Octavia Books for the launch party for their new book, THE HOUSE THAT SANTA BUILT.

Layers of cut-paper snow blanket the pages of this jolly holiday tale, a fun, fresh retelling of a classic old tale. Join the merry collage of characters as they dance across Santa’s front yard, behind ornament-filled trees, around colorfully wrapped presents, and beside Santa’s bright house. Dianne de Las Casas’ uses engaging onomatopoeia as she introduces each character,, from the girl’s kiss (smooch! smooch!) to the elf’s laugh (hee, hee), that will have every child singing along! Holly Stone-Barker’s intricate cut-paper illustrations accompany the text for a holiday experience that is sure to become an instant family classic.

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and the founder of Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative celebrating the print picture book each November.. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events. She is the author of many picture books including Mama’s Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She live just across the river and down a little ways from the bookstore.

Holly Stone-Barker is an illustrator and educator who specializes in cut-paper collage. She has worked with de Las Casas on a number of other  titles. A prolific designer in a variety of fields, Stone-Barker has worked for such clients as Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and La Capitol Federal Credit Union. She combines her illustration experience with her love of education by instructing art programs for school-aged children with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Sylvaine Sancton - SOME BIRDS

Event date: 

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for storytime and a signing with Sylvaine Sancton celebrating her debut children's picture book, SOME BIRDS.

With gentle humor and a skilled eye, author/photographer Sylvaine Sancton captures birds of South Louisiana at rest and at play in their natural habitat. Featuring funny and fresh photographs of great blue herons, wood ducks, brown pelicans, black swans, and more, this charming book is for the young and the young at heart. An accessible glossary discusses the habits and habitats of each bird species included in the pages. In this simple, lovely children’s book, some birds are funny, and some birds are out for a stroll. Some birds are in love, and some birds have small families. Some birds seem a little bit unusual, but these photographs show that all birds are beautiful! Just like people, each bird is special. Unique and touching, this book is a playful introduction to the fauna of the New Orleans area.

Sylvaine Sancton is a photographer who studied painting, sculpture, and mosaic at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She served as the assistant to the artistic director of the Comédie-Française for six years before moving to New York in the 1980s.Sancton taught theatrical costume design at Sarah Lawrence College and worked with top interior decorators, including Parish-Hadley. Sancton’s work has appeared in such publications as Vanity Fair, Time magazine, and Cultural Vistas. After years of photographing the people of New Orleans, Sancton decided to photograph the birds in Audubon Park and City Park and along the Mississippi River. A native of France, Sancton moved to New Orleans post-Katrina with her husband, Tom Sancton, author of SONG FOR MY FATHERS

Denise Walter McConduit - THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T READ

Event date: 

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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In this captivating and hilarious illustrated poem, young readers will learn that a world without words is confusing and downright exhausting! Meet Robbie, who would rather hide under his desk and swing from chandeliers than read. When a sorcerer removes the words from the entire world, mayhem results. Cars crash into each other without road signs, and words literally fall off of newspapers. At home, Robbie can’t find anything to eat when he discovers that none of the food in his pantry is labeled. The boy soon realizes that life without reading is nothing to wish for.

Denise Walter McConduit was born to a very large New Orleans family. The fourth of thirteen children, she regularly entertained her younger siblings with stories. Early on, she discovered she loved reading and drawing, art and dancing, and--not surprisingly--writing. Her previous books include D.J. and the Jazz Fest., D.J. and the Zulu Parade, and D.J. and the Debutante Ball. Her work has appeared in Essence, Black New Orleans, and the New Orleans Tribune.  She serves on the advisory board of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  

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