Shannon Atwater



Shannon Atwater was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2005, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to attend Loyola University where she graduated with a BA in Visual Arts. She fell in love with the city, planted roots, and never left. When she’s not writing, drawing, or painting, Atwater is raising her three kids and playing dress up as a larger than life flower with her Mardi Gras Krewe, Krewe des Fleurs.


9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
In Front of the State Library, Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Alligators Don’t Like Flowers

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Alligators Don't Like Flowers

Angelo the alligator was different in every way. With eyes bright blue and skin snow white, he loved to watch the butterflies and fireflies. One day he came upon a marsh filled with flowers and wove some into a crown. What happens when he wears his beautiful new crown?

Artist and illustrator Shannon Kelley Atwater shares a sweet story of friendship and community celebrating the differences that make individuals special and overcoming the stereotypes that separate them. Her expressive illustrations capture the feelings of friendship, joy, and--sometimes--alienation that children experience in a story that provides a valuable lesson of acceptance. When the swamp friends unite in a procession that rejoices in the things that make them unique, something truly magical occurs. Come along and join their parade!


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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