Ah touloulou, if that ain’t the easiest thing to do: Taking Your P’s to the 4th Annual New Orleans Children’s Book Festival

by henandinkblots

Whitney Stewart on the Storyville Stage with A CATFISH TALE  and sends word: 

Thousands of New Orleans kids took their parents out to the children’s book festival at Latter Library on Saturday November 16. An annual event, the book fest offers free books, free storytelling, and loads of games for kids of all ages. Headlining at the storytelling tent was Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He let his young fans take over the microphone and read aloud to their parents.

Whitney Stewart reads from her picture book, A CATFISH TALE at the New Orleans children's book festival.

Whitney Stewart reads from her picture book, A CATFISH TALE at the New Orleans children’s book festival.

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I followed that spunky act and shuffled to keep the kids involved. Good thing I’d printed out and laminated giant pages of my forthcoming picture book A Catfish Tale [Albert Whitman & Co Publishing, 2014]. My toddler audience crawled up to be close and personal with Gerald Guerlais’s lively renderings of my characters Jacques and Jolie who live down on the bayou. The highlight of my morning was when my listeners became active participants and repeated my magic Catfish’s favorite line–“Ah touloulou, if that ain’t the easiest thing to do.”

Find Gerald Guerlais at http://www.geraldguerlais.com

Thanks to Todd Ragusa for the photos. More Festival shots here.

About Whitney Stewart

“Whitney Stewart is a dreamer and traveler who will go far for a good story. Writing has taken her to Himalayan caves, Burmese temples, Costa Rican rainforests, and former Polish battlefields. True stories are her favorite kind, and she can’t pass one up without wanting to retell it for young readers. But sometimes a place like the Louisiana bayou inspires fantasy, and that’s when Whitney captures the voice of a magic catfish to recount some southern lore.”
A Catfish Tale (Albert Whitman, Spring 2014)
Big Sky Mind: Mindfulness for Kids (Windy Hollow Books, Spring 2014)
Marshall, The Sea Dog (Soundprints)
Who Was Walt Disney? (Penguin)