Johnette Downing



Called the "Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions" and the "Musical Ambassador to Children," Johnette Downing is a multi-award-winning musician and author for children. Her 17 picture books and ten recordings have garnered 22 awards, and she has performed her Louisiana Roots music and books in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, North America, and the Caribbean.





11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
North Fourth Street, The Wetland Express
Petit Pierre Donation Ceremony

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Book Signing

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Storytelling Tent


Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh

Johnette Downing stays true to her Louisiana roots in her newest book, featuring a young pelican searching for his proper home. As Petit Pierre journeys across the wetlands, he asks each creature where he should live. He accumulates gifts from them until he realizes the wetlands are home to all his friends and, just maybe, to Pierre as well!

Within the luscious illustrations are facts about the denizens of the wetlands and how each reader can make a difference in preserving and protecting the wetlands for generations to come. Proceeds from this book, created in partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans, fund wetland education programs.


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