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Dianne De Las Casas

Hello! I am Dianne de Las Casas, an author of kidlit & educational books, founder of Picture Book Month, storyteller, speaker, literacy advocate, world traveler, lifelong learner, and mom.

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and founder of Picture Book Month, who tours internationally presenting author visit/storytelling programs, educator/librarian training, and workshops. Her performances, dubbed “revved-up storytelling” are full of energetic audience participation. The author of twenty books, her children’s titles include The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet & Monsieur Roach, Mama’s Bayou, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There’s a Dragon in the Library, The House That Witchy Built, Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, and The Little “Read” Hen. Visit her website at

Dianne De Las Casas's Background

Dianne De Las Casas's Experience

Publisher and Editor at Arts Biz

2003 - December 2008 | Harvey, LA (metro New Orleans)

Get the buzz on the biz. Dianne de Las Casas'Arts Biz monthly e-zine will empower your arts business through hot tips, creative solutions, and helpful resources.

President at Independent Children's Artist Network

2000 - 2005 | Harvey, LA (metro New Orleans)

ICAN was an organization of artists who specialize in performing for kids. Many of ICAN's artists were award-winning artists who toured on the national and international level. ICAN artists represented various arts disciplines: dance, music, puppetry, storytelling, and theater. As President of the organization, I oversaw operations, sent out a monthly e-zine called, E-Applause, and produced the annual catalog of artists that was mailed to 1500 schools and arts organizations in Louisiana.

Award-winning Author, Storyteller, Recording Artist & Professional Development Consultant at The Story Connection

1996 - Present | Harvey, LA (metro New Orleans)

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist and professional development consultant who tours internationally presenting programs, teacher training, workshops and artist residencies. Her performances, dubbed "€œrevved-up storytelling" are full of energetic audience participation.

Publisher and Editor at Story Connection Express

2003 - Present | Harvey, LA (metro New Orleans)

Story Connection Express is a FREE monthly e-zine filled with articles, media reviews, story of the month, super ideas for spending time with your kids, and more!

Author at ABC-CLIO

2005 - Present | Santa Barbara, CA

Author of books published by Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-Clio: * Handmade Tales 2: More Stories to Make and Take; Libraries Unlimited; 2012 * A is for Alligator: Draw and Tell Tales from A-Z; Libraries Unlimited; 2011 * Tell Along Tales: Playing with Participation Stories; Libraries Unlimited; 2011 * Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories; Libraries Unlimited; 2011 * Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales; Libraries Unlimited; 2010 * Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill; Libraries Unlimited; 2010 * Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach; Pelican Publishing Company; 2009 * The Story Biz Handbook: How to Manage Your Storytelling Career from the Desk to the Stage; Libraries Unlimited; 2008 * Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle; Teacher Ideas Press; 2008 * Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take; Libraries Unlimited; 2007 * Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling; Teacher Ideas Press; 2006 * Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts; Teacher Ideas Press; 2005

Founder at Picture Book Month

October 2011

A champion for literacy, Dianne de Las Casas is founder of the international initiative, Picture Book Month, which was featured in Life Lift, The Oprah blog.

Children's Book Author at Pelican Publishing Company

2009 | Gretna, Louisiana

Author of children's books by Pelican Publishing: * The House That Santa Built; Pelican Publishing Company; 2013 * The Little "Read" Hen; Pelican Publishing Company; 2013 * Dinosaur Mardi Gras; Pelican Publishing Company; 2012 * Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate; Pelican Publishing Company; 2011 * The House That Witchy Built; Pelican Publishing Company; 2011 * There's a Dragon in the Library; Pelican Publishing Company; 2010 * The Gigantic Sweet Potato; Pelican Publishing Company; 2010 * Mama's Bayou; Pelican Publishing Company; 2010 * Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach; Pelican Publishing Company; 2009 * The Cajun Cornbread Boy; Pelican Publishing Company; 2009

Dianne De Las Casas's Education

Lemoore High School

1984 – 1988

University of New Orleans

Concentration: Drama & Communications

Dianne De Las Casas's Interests & Activities

reading, traveling, going to the movies, dancing, and hanging out with family and friends.

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