Article: 10 Tips to Make Back-to-School Cool

10 TIPS TO MAKE BACK-TO-SCHOOL COOL By Dianne de Las Casas On Eliana’s first day of 4th grade, she dashed out the door like Hare but looked more like Tortoise with her backpack strapped to her back like a turtle’s shell. And so, the morning races have begun. Your family is probably no different from […] Read More

Categories: Article, Author, Award, Children, Children’s Book Illustration, Dianne de Las Casas, Dining Room, Storyteller

Received 2 Book Contracts in the Mail! – October 9, 2008

Friends: Happy Happy Joy Joy! Today, I received 2 book contracts in the mail, one I was expecting and one that was a delightful surprise. I received a new book contract from Libraries Unlimited for Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales and a new picture book with Pelican Publishing Company, Madame Poule […] Read More

Categories: Author, board games, Children, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Louisiana, New Orleans, Reading, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling

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

Book Craft: Leaf Man – Leaf lllustrations

Friends: Leaf Man is a fantastic book by Lois Ehlert where the leaves transform into people, birds, fish, vegetables, trees, and more. It’s a great book for the Fall but works year round because trees are everywhere! Materials: Lots of different leaves in varying colors Sheet of white paper Pictures of animals (if you wish) […] Read More

Categories: Art, book craft, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Reading

Meet the Next Big Children’s Book Author/Illustrator…

Friends: My 17 year old daughter, Soleil, had to do a children’s book project for English V Honors. The book is about a young girl named Holly Wood who is afraid of taking risks. She doesn’t like riding bikes, roller skating or swimming. The catchy chorus running throughout the book is preceded by a question: […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books

Soleil, the Artist

Friends: Soleil, my 17 year old, is a senior in high school and applying for art school. Schools she is considering include Louisiana State University (in state but low on her priority list as she wants to move out of state), Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (her #1 choice because she is in lust […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist, Children’s Book Illustration, Parenting, Visual Art