Gayle Webre


Gayle Webre holds a Master’s +30 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and has worked in elementary education for 25 years, primarily designing and implementing enrichment curricula for gifted children. Webre generally lives with her nose in a book or talking about books she’s read. When she’s not writing, reading to children, hosting gatherings for her family and friends, or playing with her grandchildren, you might find her riding her tricycle!


11:00 am to 11:30 am
Children’s Author Tent 3
When I Was a Pelican
(Ages 4 to 8)

11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


When I Was a Pelican

The curious Cajun kid is back again for another adventure, this time to explore our Gulf Coast ecosystem!

From the duo who created When I Was an Alligator comes this latest adventure of a curious Cajun kid. Follow along as she mysteriously transforms into a series of Gulf Coast creatures, including a shark, a dolphin, a crab, and even a jellyfish! Along the way, each animal reveals something of its habits and habitat. With fun language, charming art, and page-turning onomatopoeia, When I Was a Pelican is a playful and informative exploration of Louisiana’s beloved coastal waters.


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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