Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear Book Launch

Friends: All month long, I have been launching my new book, illustrated by Marita Gentry, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear (Pelican Publishing), across Southeast Louisiana. Here I am, with Marita, at Octavia Books, with our book debut party on Saturday, October 13, 2012. We had so much fun hanging out with our fans! […] Read More

Categories: Book Signing, Book Store, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, New Orleans

Sacred Heart Elementary Author Visit – Friday, September 28, 2012

Friends: Last week, on Friday, I did an author visit at Academy of our Sacred Heart school in New Orleans. I saw pre-K through fourth grades and had so much fun with them! Even the itty-bitties stayed still for my stories! There was a lot of fun audience participation. I told a variety of my […] Read More

Categories: Author, Catholic, Children’s Books, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, Mama’s Bayou, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Performance, Reading, School, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, The House that Witchy Built

Kid Chef Eliana on The Wendy Williams Show – September 26, 2012

Friends: It has been quite a while since I have blogged! This summer was really busy. Most recently, something exciting happened in my 12-year-old daughter’s life. Kid Chef Eliana appeared on The Wendy Williams Show In New York City, making her national television debut. They treated her like a celebrity and were so nice to […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Kid Chef Eliana, Kids Cooking, Louisiana, New Orleans, Recipe, Recipes, Travel, TV show

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

My Cousin’s Visit to New Orleans – June 18-23, 2009

Friends: My cousin, Heidi, flew in from Arizona on Thursday, June 18, 2009. I haven’t seen her in 30 years so it was a momentous occasion. After picking her, we took her to Zea for dinner and then she saw the rest of the family – my mom, Clay, my brother, and his children. She […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Heidi Hafner, Louisiana, New Orleans

Snow in Cajun Country – Thursday, December 12, 2008

Friends: This is my first blog post since before my surgery. I had my hysterectomy on Monday, December 8, 2008 and it was successful. I came home Wednesday evening. On Thursday, my first full day home from the hospital, we woke up to quite a surprise. Snowfall was predicted in Southern Louisiana. We found out […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, New Orleans, Snow

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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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

Categories: arts education, Beach, board games, cuisine, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Fiesta, Hurricane Gustav, Kitchen, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, New Orleans, Stories, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, Valentine Craft, Valentine’s Day

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

Post-Katrina Angels

Friends: On Sunday, February 18, 2008, I had a photo session. My photographer, Randy, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His mother lives in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, and that is where we had my photo session – in her newly rebuilt house (because I live closer to Chalmette than to Baton Rouge). St. Bernard Parish […] Read More

Categories: Angels, Family, Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana, New Orleans