The Cajun Cornbread Boy Book Signing at A Tisket A Tasket in the French Quarter – Sunday, February 8, 2009

Friends: I had a phenomenal book signing at A Tisket A Tasket gift store in the New Orleans French Quarter. Marita Gentry, the talented illustrator of the book, was with me. Lisa Jones, the owner of the store set up a table outside on the sidewalk in front of the store. I told the story […] Read More

Categories: Author, Book Signing, Book Store, Children, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Storyteller, Storytelling, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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Phenomenal Week with New Books and Book Signing! Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friends: On Saturday, December 20, 2008, I had my first book signing for my first children’s picture book,The Cajun Cornbread Boy. The book signing was at Maple Street Children’s Book Shop in New Orleans. It was fun because I was signing books with my best friend, Johnette Downing, Children’s Musician and Author. Johnette was signing […] Read More

Categories: Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Louisiana, Tangram Tales, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet
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Craft: Batty Sock Bat

Batty Sock Bat Craft Supplies: New sock Fiberfill stuffing 1 large sheet of foam matching the color of sock 1 Red chenille stick 1 chenille stick in a color matching the sock Two medium size Googly Eyes White cardstock or index card Hot glue Directions: Stuff one sock with fiberfill about 3/4 full. Tie the […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Books, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Halloween
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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
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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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Book Craft: Fancy Nancy – Paper Doll Chains

Fancy Nancy written by Jane O’Connor and Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser is a book about precocious little Nancy who loves everything “fancy.” It’s become a phenomenon, endearing little girls across the nation. I thought the classic paper doll chain would be a perfect accompaniment for Fancy Nancy. Materials: Large piece of construction paper cut […] Read More

Categories: book craft, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas
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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
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Book Craft: Library Mouse – Tissue Paper Roll Mouse & Book

Library Mouse – Tissue Paper Roll Mouse & Book Library Mouse written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk is a fantastic book about reading and writing. Sam, a mouse who lives in the library, loves to read. He is so inspired by books that he decides to write one and sneak it into the library collection. […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children, Children’s Books, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Book Craft: Wild About Books Paper Plate Snakes

Wild About Books Paper Plate Snakes “In a flash every beast in the zoo was stampeding To learn all about this new something called reading. Forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks, They went wild, simply wild, about wonderful books…” And so begins one of my favorite new classics written by Judy Sierra and […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Books, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas
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