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Book Fest Week, Audio: 'I like the part about the alligators,' book reviews from third graders at Schaumburg Elementary School Part I

Editor's Note: The New Orleans Book Festival takes place Nov. 11 and 12, with dozens of critically acclaimed local, regional, and national authors, readings, food, music, and an entire section devoted to children's literature. This week, NolaVie partners with the Book Fest to present a week of education-oriented stories focusing on literature. 

Continuing our "Book Fest Week" series, NolaVie headed into the library at Schaumburg Elementary School to read with Miss Martin's third-grade class. After reading The Adventures of Happy and Big Wanda, by New Orleanian Happy Johnson, discussions focused on what students found exciting and interesting in his book, as well as other books. Good tip for writers: Include more alligators eating things in books. The kids love it!  Check in tomorrow for Part II, when we read and discuss Trombone Shorty's biography with Miss Martin's third-grade class. 


New Orleans Book Festival

  • What: The New Orleans Book Festival presented by First Lady Cheryl Landrieu
  • Where and when: The festival begins on Friday, Nov. 11 with performances by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra quintet and Young Audiences from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Local food trucks will be onsite, and attendees may bring their own picnics.
  • The festival continues on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Lake in New Orleans City Park, near the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collin Diboll Circle. The day will feature readings, author signings, panels and other activities for readers of all ages. Children will get free books.
  • Transportation: Free shuttles are available from area libraries, Click here for the schedule.
  • Admission: Free

The "Book Fest Week" series is underwritten by New Orleans Book Festival. 

Kelley Crawford is a professor, writer, mentor, dancer, and constant questioner. If you would like to contact Kelley Crawford, you can email her at kelley@nolavie.com.