Coolin’ Out with Cool Scholars

School is back! Sorry kids, but summer is over… Luckily the kids at Cool Scholars got a one more summer treat after their first day back! Each kid got a free snoball from NOLA Snow and a free book of their choice from the McConduit Collection. I read Snoballs for All, Thorn in my Horn and played my trumpet for them. Good times!

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Satchmo Fest w/ The Little Toy Shop

What a great weekend! Satchmo SummerFest is one of the smaller but better festivals in New Orleans during the summer. Recently it has been moved to Jackson Square from the Old U.S. Mint and while I personally feel it should take place at Armstrong Park, the move has been great for the festival. On the last day of the festival I had the opportunity to sign a few of my books at The Little Toy Shop right across from all of the music and fun. I met some really cool people, signed a bunch of books and even got some free food! So basically, I won the Satchmo SummerFest. Check out a few pics below.

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Snoball Day at the New Orleans Public Library Summer ’16

Over the summer I had the opportunity to visit a few branches of the New Orleans Public Library… and it was GREAT! At every stop there were big crowds, including parents and families who all joined in on the fun. A few kids walked away with free, autographed copies of my books and everyone left with a free snoball and a smile thanks to NOLA Snow! I want to give a big THANK YOU to all of the librarians and staff who made it possible and I hope to more branches during the fall and winter.

See a few pictures below!

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Acme Reading Timeout w/ New Orleans Pelicans & Acme Truck Line

A huge thank you to Acme Truck Line and the New Orleans Pelicans for allowing me to participate in the latest Acme Reading Timeout at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans and Acme Truck Line gave out over 100 copies of Peter and the Pelican to students from Audubon Charter School. I also had the opportunity to read and speak to students with Mike Coatney, President of Acme Truck Line, in the Pelican’s locker room. The day was extra special because two former classmates of mine, April Dupre of Footprints to Fitness & Chef K.C. of Home Fresh Catering also put on fitness and cooking demos for the students at the arena. Check out the video below!

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Alex McConduit – NOLA to the UK

For the first time in my life I was able to do something I’ve never done before, travel across the Atlantic Ocean and into Europe. I’ve been to most of the states here in the U.S., and I’ve visited a few places in South America but until now, I’ve never been on the other side of the pond. This was a special trip, and what made it even more special was that it would be my first time being able to share my books with students in a different country… AND A DIFFERENT CONTINENT! So before my trip, I was humbled but excited for this opportunity.

I have to give a huge THANK YOU to John Cole and all of the wonderful teachers and staff at the schools I visited. They made everything very easy for me and were excited to have me over. The kids were all very eager and interested to hear what I had to tell them about reading, writing, the U.S. and especially New Orleans. The younger students were able to listen to a few of my stories and suffered through a little bit of my trumpet skills, while the older kids participated in storytelling writing workshops.

I’m extremely thankful to be able to make an impact in a different part of the world. This trip has taught me that writing can take me around the globe, and that reading, even in your own home, can do the same. I hope the kids and teachers that I connected with enjoyed my time. I plan to be back every year if they’ll have me.

Here are a few pictures from my visit to Liverpool, London and Dublin. 

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Snuck a pic during one of our writing workshops!

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Hanging out with Liverpool’s finest…

 

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A nice tweet from one of the schools. 

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Even got to reconnect with my elementary school principal and family friend, Sr. Maeve in Dublin. 

 

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Anna’s Book Signing at Maple Street Books

Thank you to the great people at Maple Street Books for allowing us to host Anna’s book signing. She had a great turn out and everyone had a great time. All proceeds from the book went to Unity of Greater New Orleans, START – St. Tammany Animal Resource Team and Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies.

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5 Year Old W.R.I.T.E. Author Anna Borecki Publishes Her First Book

IMG_4811We are so proud of Anna for writing, illustrating and publishing her very first book, Seasons! We worked with Anna all summer and she did an amazing job seeing the process all the way through. Check out her first tv interview here and join us Saturday, January 23rd from 11:30am – 1pm as Anna hosts her first book signing at Maple Street Books!

We have to give a huge THANK YOU to Kenny Lopez from New With a Twist and Mr. Gladin Scott of Maple Street Books for helping us to spread the word!

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