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Annie Hardy Calais of Cecilia, La.

Storytime: Childhood in 1920s Cajun country

Storytime: Childhood in 1920s Cajun Country Vignettes from Annie Hardy Calais “My name is Annie Hardy Calais. I was born on July 26, 1927… The year of the great flood, the same day as St. Ann, that is the day of her feast.” So begins this lovely memoir of Annie Hardy Calais, who shares many […]

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Kiki and Kevin, illustrated by Marguerite S. Hardy

Storytime: Kiko & Kevin by Debbie Hardy LaGrange

Debbie Hardy LaGrange of Arnaudville, La., narrates this original trilogy about the adventures of a Louisiana dog named Kiko. Told in playful rhyme, this is a story that delivers the tough message that life isn’t always a perfect picnic. But, with a little help from our friends, we can abide! The messengers are Kiko, a […]

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Footprints

Storytime: Footprints by Melinda Taliancich Falgoust

Far across the great wide world, where the sun melts into liquid gold, great Buddhas smile in their fancy temples and towering skyscrapers brush the clouds. And in a tiny house in a tiny town lives a tiny girl who dreams of doing something BIG! Thank you to Melinda Taliancich Falgoust of New Orleans, La. […]

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The Little Red Hen, illustrated by Florence White Williams.

The Little Red Hen sung by Millie Calais Darby

Millie Calais Darby, of Cecilia, La., sings for Confetti Park Storytime! She shares with us her beautiful rendition of The Little Red Hen, an old folk tale known by children of countless generations. It’s a sweet moral tale about what happens when you don’t step up to hard work and help your friends in need. When the […]

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Storytime: Kyser the Singing Schnauzer by Tommie Townsley

Meet Kyser, a dog who loves to sing! Author Tommie Townsley of Lake Charles, La., narrates this fun tale written in rhyme, inspired by her own dear pet. Apparently, the real-life Kyser really can sing! The picture book is available through Tommie’s company, Kid’s Kajun Tales and Ally-Gator Book Bites. Written for 3-6 year olds, […]

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Pink Hair

Storytime: Pink Hair by Gypsy Damaris Boston

Today’s featured children’s story is called Pink Hair, written by Gypsy Damaris Boston of Shreveport (and Ida). Her daughter, Janet Damaris Boston, also from Shreveport, is narrating this story. Pink Hair is a the true account of what happened to Janet as a little girl! Janet gets herself into a delightful predicament when her hair […]

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Why the crafish lives in the mud

Storytime: Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud by Johnette Downing

In this episode of Confetti Park, Johnette Downing narrates her wonderful trickster tale, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud. Long ago, the Crab and the Crawfish used to be best friends. But one sweltering day, Crawfish is feeling lazy and decides to take advantage of Crab’s generosity. Young readers will enjoy the colorful collage […]

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Why the Possum has a Large Grin

Storytime: Why the Possum has a Large Grin by Johnette Downing

Award-winning Louisiana children’s musician and author Johnette Downing shares with Confetti Park another marvelous trickster tale—this time about a possum! (Also listen to Why the Oyster Has the Pearl.) When hungry Deer asks Possum how he stays so plump during the long dry season, the sly marsupial gets an idea. It wouldn’t take much for Possum […]

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