The Amazing Pyramid Hunt by Allei, Jayden, Ahcory, Morgan and Anthony

  Once upon a time there was a walrus named Snookie. There was also a piranha named Ted.   One day, they went on a trip to Egypt. They went inside the pyramid to look for treasure. It was cold and dark.   Ted proclaimed, “Snookie, get out your flashlight. It’s soooo freaky in here!” […] Read More

Categories: Artist, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, Travel, writing
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The Case of the Habanero Chilies by Tazya, Kailee, Colin and Earle

  It was a warm, foggy morning and Chad the Giraffe was just about to play with his red basketball. Suddenly, Chad spotted a bowl full of spicy habanero chilies. Chad slowly approached the chilies and gulped them all down. He went back outside to play ball.   A while later, Shelly the wolf walked […] Read More

Categories: Artist, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, School Visit, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, Travel, writing
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The Big Bad Breakdown by Tate, Axel, Danajae and Lucien

  There once lived a chicken named Cluckette and a giraffe named Robbie. They were heading out to Hawaii when their car broke down on a deserted desert road.   “Just great! The car broke down and I didn’t bring my tools with me!” complained Cluckette.   “I think there are some spare tools in […] Read More

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The Terrible Talent Show Chaos by Colin, Rontrell, Jaime and Stephen

  Once, when I was a superhero, I had a mighty rival who was a super villain. He wanted to take over the world. His identity was Simon Cowbell.   I was just a normal lizard who was bitten by a radioactive spider. The spider gave me the power to shape shift. My name is […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 4 – Thursday, January 10, 2013

  Friends:   Today was Day 4 of my 5 day writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. Today, the students focused on finishing their stories if they hadn’t already and writing their final drafts. They did superb work and I was ecstatic […] Read More

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Louisiana Story Fest Resideny @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 9, Thursday, February 26, 2009

Friends: Today was Day 9 of my Louisiana Story Fest residency at Bissonet Plaza Elementary. My 8 year old daughter, Eliana, who is off school for the Mardi Gras break, accompanied me to the school. She was such a sweet helper, filling in for missing students during rehearsal, helping me distribute supplies, and keep me […] Read More

Categories: Artist, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference 11-14 & 11-15-08

Friends: I arrived in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference. After signing books at the Libraries Unlimited booth, I went to dinner with Debby Laboon (Libraries Unlimited’s Authors Respresentative) and Anne Scharff (Greenwood Press’ Sales Representative). We met Judy […] Read More

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Author/Illustrator Program with Tedd Arnold – September 25-26, 2008

On Thursday and Friday, the Baton Rouge Public Library hosted a children’s book author/illustrator program (this is their 31st year). Their featured author/illustrator was Tedd Arnold. Tedd Arnold is the author/illustrator of Green Wilma, No Jumping on the Bed, Parts (and its sequels), Super Fly Guy (and its sequels), and many other books. Thursday night’s […] Read More

Categories: Artist, Author, Books, Children, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Soleil
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Soleil Paints “Aria di Amore” 3-27-08

Friends: Soleil, my 17 year old daughter, the artist, was asked to donate a piece of  art to the New Orleans Opera Association’s charity ball. This is Soleil’s description of her art: “This is a very special, original piece by Soleil Lisette Casas commissioned especially for the New Orleans Opera Association in keeping with the […] Read More

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Eliana’s Super Star Award 3-25-08

Friends: Eliana, my 7 year old, is such a sweet girl. She is constantly kissing me, hugging me, and telling me how much she loves me. She is also very helpful and will do anything I ask her to do right away. In addition, she often takes the initiative to do thoughtful things on her […] Read More

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