Debbie Vehnekamp


Debbie Vehnekamp is a retired elementary school librarian and current reading teacher. She is the mother of two grown daughters. Vehnekamp was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, has lived in Texas and Alaska, and now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her husband, Billy, and her dog, Stella. She loves to read books to and with children and feels extremely privileged to have been a part of so many children’s reading lives over the years.




10:30 am to 11:00 am
Children’s Author Tent 1
The Girl Who Loved Lemons
(Ages 5 to 6)

11:15 am to Noon
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


The Girl Who Loves Lemons

This is an endearing story about a girl and her grandmother who loved to eat lemons together. Courtney grew up eating lemons many different ways, and now when she does, she thinks of "Nonnie" who introduced her to the fruit when she was only five.


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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