Once Upon a Story Radio Show #1 – Interview with Author Cornell Landry

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Friends: This past Friday, I debuted the first episode of my new radio show, Once Upon a Story, on New Orleans 102.2 FM WHIV ("We Honor Independent Voices"). My inaugural show guest was Cornell Landry, author of Goodnight NOLA and many other New Orleans and Louisiana children's books. Here's more about Cornell: Steeped in New […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza Holiday Spirit Winner – Clauserella

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Claurella

Bissonet Plaza Elementary Holiday Spirit Winner   Clauserella A Twisted Tale Based on Cinderella By Tyler B., Madison T., Joshua B. In Ms. Guiterrez's 5th Grade Morning Class   Once upon a snowflake, there lived a girl named Clauserella. Soon, there was going to be a winter formal but the thing was, her step elves […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza 5th Grade Winner – Ratpunzel

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Ratpunzel

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 5th Grade Winner   Ratpunzel A Twisted Tale Based on Rapunzel By Nicholas F., Analee C., Vevonte C., Catherine C. in Ms. Senac's 5th Grade Morning Class   Once upon a World Cup, there was an evil cat witch and a pretty rat named Ratpunzel.   30 minutes before the 2014 World […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza 4th Grade Winner – Henny’s Pennies

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Hennys-Pennies

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 4th Grade Winner   Henny's Pennies A Twisted Tale Based on Henny Penny By Odell C., Ashley M., Michael H., Roman Y. in Ms. Morrow's 4th Grade Morning Class   One day in a kingdom, a king had lots of pennies. Henny Penny wanted all of the pennies. So the next day, […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza 3rd Grade Winner – The Snake and the Frog

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The Snake and The Frog

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 3rd Grade Winner   The Snake and The Frog A Twisted Tale Based on The Lion and The Mouse By Mohammed M., Mick S, Dominik R., Oscar K., Corrina M., Nylar B. In Ms. Lambert's 3rd Grade Afternoon Class   One day, the snake was sleeping by the pond. The frog jumped […] Read More

The Mississippi Hush Puppy by Detrick Anderson – 5th Grade Writing Contest Winner, Shannon Elementary

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Beagle puppy

The Mississippi Hush Puppy by Detrick Anderson 5th Grade, Shannon Elementary Once upon a time there lived a couple in the little town of Shannon, Mississippi named Nancy and Otis. One evening at dinner time they were very hungry. As a result, Otis went to their freezer to get cornmeal and decided to fry some […] Read More

The Mississippi Hushpuppy Plan by Randy Johnson – Winner of 4th Grade Writing Contest, Shannon Elementary

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Hushpuppies

The Mississippi Hushpuppy Plan by Randy Johnson4th Grade, Shannon Elementary SchoolIt was the night before the big Fourth of July picnic. Nothing was stirring, not even a Hush-Hush Puppy. The sizzling, smelly thoughts of being eaten the next day were too much for the little Hush-Hush Puppy’s crummy little imagination. He said to himself, “Why? […] Read More

The Mississippi Hushpuppy by Curtis Silver – Winner of 3rd Grade Writing Contest, Shannon Elementary

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Toothpick House

The Mississippi Hushpuppy By Curt Silver3rd Grade, Shannon ElementaryOne hot day in the sultry South, there was a fish fry. Ms. Janis got an order for some hushpuppies while working at the overcrowded Brewer Community Center. She gave my grandpa the hushpuppies. He was just about to take a bite when a hushpuppy jumped off […] Read More

The Little “Read” Hen Book Launch Party at Barnes & Noble Harvey – Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Friends:Last night, Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator) and I launched our new book, The Little "Read" Hen (Pelican Publishing), at Barnes & Noble in Harvey, Louisiana. We presented with story with interactive storytelling that had all the kids singing and clapping.After the performance, we taught the kids how to make a 6-page book out of a single […] Read More

The Little “Read” Hen Book Birthday Party at Octavia Books – Saturday, March 23, 2013

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The Little "Read" Hen

Friends:Yesterday, Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator) and I had our book birthday party for The Little "Read" Hen (Pelican Publishing Co.) at Octavia Books in uptown New Orleans. We had a gorgeous table set up for our food. We served "coopcakes" (cupcakes) and double cocoa "flappuccinos" (frappuccinos) with whipped cream!Holly shared the beautiful art of the book […] Read More