Touring internationally, Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas sizzles on stage with “revved-up storytelling.” Audiences don’t just listen – they sing, clap, dance, chant, and roar with laughter. De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. A dramatic storyteller, she does not stay still!
A champion for literacy, she is founder of the international initiative, Picture Book Month, which celebrates picture books during the month of November. Picture Book Month was featured in Life Lift, The Oprah blog, among other media. De Las Casas is the author of 12 children’s picture books including best-selling titles: The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Mama’s Bayou, There’s A Dragon in the Library, The Little “Read” Hen, The House That Santa Built, and Cinderellaphant, all by Pelican Publishing.
Her 12 award-winning professional development books for teachers and librarians published by Libraries Unlimited include the best-selling Handmade Tales: Stories to Make, award-winning Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill, and acclaimed A is for Alligator: Draw and Tell Tales from A-Z. Handmade Tales 2: More Stories to Make and Take is her latest professional development title. Through the Children’s Book Council and Qlovi and she shared her book, The Little “Read” Hen, with 1 million students at once through the power of the Internet!
Her numerous storytelling CDs have won multiple parenting awards and have received rave reviews. She was named the International Reading Association LEADER’s 2014 Poet Laureate and received the 2014 Ann Martin Book Mark Award from the Bishop Byrne Chapter of the Catholic Library Association. She is listed in the Great Lives in History Series (Salem Press, 2012) in the Asian and Pacific Islander American edition and was featured on the Travel Channel. She is the mother of illustrator and graphic designer, Soleil Lisette, and 13-year-old culinary celebrity, author, and radio show host, Kid Chef Eliana. Dianne loves crafting and cooking, and enjoys time in the kitchen with Eliana. She resides in the New Orleans area with her family.