Happy Birthday Dianne de Las Casas - January 15
Picture Book Month, 31 picture book authors, illustrators, and book lovers were asked to share their perspective to answer the question -- "Why are picture books important?" The shared stories, memories, and opinions marked a daily celebration for picture books and a reason to be thankful for everything that they provide to us as readers. The success of the inaugural event can be credited to a supportive community of KidLit fanatics, but mostly to the incredibly organized and passionate founder, Dianne de Las Casas.
Dianne de Las Casas began her career in children's literature as a volunteer storyteller at her local library. Her experiences at the library led her to become a professional storyteller. In an interview with the Love a Librarian Blog, she said, "Being a storyteller allowed me to 'season' my stories in front of live audiences. It helped me narrow my focus and specialize - audience participation is what I do best. This translates very well into children's picture books." Her first published books were geared toward teachers and librarians to help them develop the art of storytelling with titles like Story Craft: Crafting Story Theater Scripts and Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take. Then, in 2009 she published her first picture book The Cajun Cornbread Boy. I was astonished when I read in the School Library Journal, Practically Paradise Blog that she has visited more than 500 cities, 30+ states, and multiple countries as an author and storyteller.
|This is a photo of our completed Dinosaur Doubloons -- 34 in all! Some of the dinosaurs we had were Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, and of course the king, T-Rex.|
Birthdays have always been a big deal for my family. We believe that every year you are on this earth is cause to celebrate. We also love gift giving! One of my favorite birthday memories is not one when I received gifts but rather when I gave...
My best friend from high school, Fe Del Rosario, also has a January birthday. We lost touch over the years and in 2008, we rediscovered each other through Facebook. We connected and talked on the phone for hours. We were instantly best friends again. I really wanted to see her so I surprised her with a round-trip ticket to New York City (she had never been) and a birthday weekend of fine dining, Broadway, shopping, and celebration. I had flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for her when she arrived as well as a bevy of gifts. We visited museums, rode the subway, and even walked Central Park in the snow. It was one of the most magical birthdays I can remember because I received the biggest gift of all -- the rekindling of my friendship with my BFF. This year, 2012, we're doing it again -- meeting in NYC to celebrate our birthdays. :)
Dianne, thank you so much for sharing your birthday thoughts. We hope you have a wonderful time in New York City. Happy Birthday! We admire your efforts with Picture Book Month. Good luck with the project.
1. Dianne de Las Casas Website
2. Follow Dianne de Las Casas - Facebook, Twitter
3. The Story Connection - YouTube Channel
4. Picture Book Month - Website
5. Fun and Easy Handmade Tales Your Students Will Love by Dianne de Las Casas - YouTube
6. Interview with Dianne de Las Casas - School Library Journal, Feathered Quill, Love a Librarian, The Writer's Block, WhoHub
7. Storytelling with Dianne de Las Casas - ABC-CLIO Blog
8. Dianne de Las Casas and Katie Davis on the Red Carpet at ALA - YouTube