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Dianne de Las Casas is an author, recording artist, and professional storyteller. Her CDs Jump, Jiggle & Jam and World Fiesta were named the School Library Journal’s “Audio of the Week” and received rave reviews in Publishers Weekly. She performs arts-in-education programs and residencies at schools, libraries, festivals, museums, and special events. She is a frequent presenter at the International Reading Association, American Library Association, and other literary and education conferences. She co-authored both Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana and Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit with her youngest daughter, Kid Chef Eliana.
Having written several instructional books on the art of theater and storytelling, de Las Casas participates directly in creating artistic tools for children. She is the founder of Story Connection Express, an educational e-zine for parents and teachers, and the Picture Book Month initiative, which was featured in Life Lift: The Oprah Blog, among other media. She was named the International Reading Association LEADER’s 2014 poet laureate and received the 2014 Ann Martin Book Mark Award from the Bishop Byrne Chapter of the Catholic Library Association.
De Las Casas attended the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College. She enjoys reading and going to the movies with her family and lives in Harvey, Louisiana.