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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Dianne Performs “Scared Silly” at Kerner Elementary – Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friends: Today I had the pleasure of performing “Scared Silly” to celebrate Halloween at Kerner Elementary in Lafitte, Louisiana. I saw the entire school – K-6 grades in two performances. The first performance was for grades K-3. The students were so enthusiastic and participatory. They were absolutely wonderful and perfectly behaved. Following my show, I […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Halloween, Language Arts, Literacy, Performance, Storyteller, Storytelling, Storytelling Tours
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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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“Scared Silly” at the Gibson Library – October 8, 2008

Friends: Today, I performed my “Scared Silly” show at the Gibson Branch Library in Gibson, Louisiana for 50 pre-K and Kindergarten students. We had so much fun with not-so-spooky stories. The children sang, danced, clapped, wiggled, and laughed. Here they are making frightening faces. After the show, they crowded around for hugs and a big […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Louisiana, Storyteller, Storytelling, Travel
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Performing at the Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair – Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Friends: Today, I had a wonderful time performing at the 3rd Annual Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair in Amite, Louisiana. I performed my “Jambalaya” program (of Louisiana stories) for approximately 2,000 students in three shows! The students were bussed in from neighboring schools. Here is a picture of the students filing in for my performance. The […] Read More

Categories: Arts, Author, Children, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Kids SHow, Performance, 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: Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes – Egg-ceptional Blown Egg Humpty

Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes – Blown Egg Humpty This is a great book by author and illustrator, Kevin O’Malley. Kevin has a wonderful sense of humor (in person and in books). The story begins with a man telling a story… Humpty Dumpty is ginormous and he’s on a rampage. This book is a uproarious romp through […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Cooking, Dianne de Las Casas, Entertaining
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September 9-10, 2008

Friends: In these post-Gustav days, things are slowly getting back to “normal” in my area though today, tropical storm warnings and flash flood watches were issued for coastal Louisiana because of Hurricane Ike. Ike is headed to central Texas where people are under a mandatory evacuation. We have voluntary and mandatory evacuations in the lower-lying […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Hurricane Gustav, Storyteller, Storytelling
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