Leif Pedersen



Leif Pedersen is a New Orleans native and lives in Slidell, Louisiana with wife Sheryl and son Dane. He has been a big band singer for almost forty years, six as featured vocalist of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Leif is a former Marine and is in Southeastern Louisiana University's Music Hall of Fame. For thirty years he has been a fundraising executive and is the author of the children’s book series Adventures of the Swamp Kids. 

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10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Children’s Author Tent 2
Book Talk
Bayou Santa

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Bayou Santa

In this new holiday offering, Leif Pedersen, author of the popular children’s book series, The Adventures of the Swamp Kids, teams up with artist Mickey Asche to present an enchanting story about how Papa Noël comes to be.

The visuals captured in Asche’s art perfectly convey the atmosphere found “deep down on the Atchafalaya” in Acadia’s bayou country.  His oil on wood art illustrates beautifully the magical setting depicted in the book.

Pedersen’s tale is positioned to join the ranks of other holiday classics such as A Cajun Night Before Christmas and The Legend of Papa Noël.  And, his twist in showing how Papa was “hand-picked” to portray his new role in life, gives even more relevance to the other stories which preceded it.

​So next Christmas Eve, put a log on the fire, cook up some tasty hot chocolate and gather the children ‘round the fire for a reading of Bayou Santa.  It could become a new holiday tradition… 


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