World Read Aloud Day – Wednesday, March 8, 2012

Friends: Yesterday, I did a series of Skype Author Visits to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I Skyped with 2 schools in Maine, a school in Michigan, and a school in Wisconsin. I performed my latest book, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, with full audience participation! It was a blast and I had so much fun. After […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Literacy, Reading, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Picture Book Month Featured on the Oprah Blog, Life Lift

“Children can have too many toys, but never enough books.” – Jarrett Krosoczka from his Picture Book Month Essay. I created an initiative to designate November as “Picture Book Month.” Katie Davis, Elizabeth Dulemba, Tara Lazar, Wendy Martin, and Australian International Liaison, Christopher Cheng, came on board to help me champion the cause and spread […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Literacy
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Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach Book Trailer! Friday, July 17, 2009

Friends: I am very excited. Soleil and I produced my second book trailer for my new picture book Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach (Pelican Publishing, September 2009). I really love the way this came out. The illustrations are by the talented Marita Gentry. Music is by Betsy Braud and the Jazz Nurse Prescription from my […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children, Dianne de Las Casas, Literacy, Louisiana, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, New Orleans, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Louisiana Story Fest Residency @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 4 Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friends: I had such a good time on Day 4 of my Story Fest residency. It was a late day, with my first class starting at 9:40 am so I took advantage of the extra time and worked out for an hour at home. I came to school refreshed and ready to go! My first […] Read More

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Tangram Tales Residency @ Strehle Elementary – Day 8 – Friday, January 23, 2009

Friends: Friday was a rough day at school mostly because I was working through a very hoarse voice. My cold turned into bronchitis and the drip caused terrible laryngitis. Talking to 7 classes a day doesn’t help recovery either. Still, I had fantastic classes who really understood and cooperated. My first two classes were spent […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, Storyteller, Storytelling, Tangram Tales
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Tangram Tales Residency @ Strehle Elementary – Day 7 – Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friends: Today marked Day 7 at Strehle with my Tangram Tales residency. I began in Ms. Creecy’s 4th grade class. They were a great group. They created a fantastic rap with beats for the story chorus, with Nelbert leading on the beats. It was so much fun. Congratulations to Gavin and Chase, who performed their […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Literacy, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling, Tangram Tales
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Jump, Jiggle & Jam at Norco Elementary – Friday, January 16, 2009

Friends: Today, I performed my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” show at Norco K-3 Elementary for 350 students. It was literacy week and the students and teachers were dressed in their favorite character costumes. Look at this lovely ballerina… I began the show with my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” intro song. Two helpers, Joseph (the bee) […] Read More

Categories: Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Jiggle & Jam, Jump, Literacy, Performance, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling
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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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Stories on Board Educator Workshop at Audubon Elementary – Monday, November 3, 2008

Friends: On Monday, I presented a professional development workshop at Audubon Elementary for the teachers. I forgot my digital camera but was able to take a few pictures with my phone camera. I presented, “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” I showed the teachers my method of turning folktales into board games […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, math, Reading, Stories, writing
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Dianne Performing Scared Silly at Audubon Elementary – Friday, October 31, 2008

Friends: I had the pleasure of performing at Audubon Elementary in Kenner, Louisiana. I performed at the school last year and many of the students remembered me! When they saw me, they began singing my song “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.” My “Scared Silly” show began with grades 3-5. The school was celebrating a Fall […] Read More

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