Join us for special Independent Bookstore Day story time activities and book signings when children's picture book author Leslie Hebert Helakoski returns to Octavia Books with her two new spring books: WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN and GATORS BIG MOUTH. Both speak to our corner of the world which includes gators and storms and flooding and community helping each other.

Leslie Hebert Helakoski is an author and illustrator known for humor and wordplay in her picture books. Her children's books have won state book awards and starred reviews and been featured on Here Wee Read's Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books. A native of South Louisiana, Leslie has worked as a graphic designer and writer and currently teaches picture-book workshops throughout the country. She is a longtime member of and volunteer for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  She is a recipient of the 2020 Gwen Frostic Award for her work in literacy and divides her time between Louisiana and Michigan.

Event date: 

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
When the Rain Came Down By Leslie Helakoski, Keisha Morris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leslie Helakoski, Keisha Morris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374390204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 12th, 2024

A poetic picture book about community and resilience.

When the rain came down and the water rose up . . .
thousands fled but many couldn’t leave.

When the rain came down and the water rose up . . .
a community came together.

When the rain came down and the water rose up . . .
hope grew from heartache.

When the rain stopped, volunteers helped families get to safety. The sun rose and workers helped clear debris,
provided food, and rebuilt houses. Neighbors encouraged each other, and slowly, joy, healing, and music found its way back into the city.

Gator's Big Mouth By Leslie Hebert Helakoski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455627820
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - April 22nd, 2024

Stumpy and his brothers Bumpy and Lumpy are born deep in the marsh in this bayou retelling of "The Three Little Pigs." However, this threesome's fearsome foe is not a wolf with large lung capacity but the big bad winds from the Gulf of Mexico. Stumpy knows that his brother's sawgrass nest won't withstand a stiff breeze, much less the storm approaching from the south. As a hurricane rushes in and makes fast work of their first home, Stumpy can't help but open his big mouth and tease his older brothers. " I told you so! " he shouts as the wind rips and roils around them, tearing them from one nest after another. The storm taunts them with clever rhyme, throws them out of home after home, surges, and purges. But it also teaches them about respecting the forces of nature. Stumpy, Bumpy, and Lumpy learn to stay inside and throw themselves a little hurricane party in true Gulf States fashion. With sassy Southern humor and silly illustrated fun, Stumpy and his brothers weather the storm. Now if only Stumpy could learn to keep his big mouth closed when the waters rise and the winds come howling.

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