Christopher DiBenedetto


Christopher DiBenedetto is a licensed occupational therapist who specializes in music modalities for improved performance across the lifespan. He began writing professionally as a songwriter and contributed to local publications. Teaching music and swim lessons, DiBenedetto used storytelling to craft local lessons for kids that are integrative and educational. Today, you can experience the songs and story of his first published work, Tanner the Turtle Learns to Swim, with Pelican Publishing.






9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
In Front of State Library, Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Tanner the Turtle Learns to Swim

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Tanner the Turtle Learns to Swim

Tanner the Turtle lives on the banks of the bayou surrounded by animal friends who love to play at the water's edge. Everyone knows, though, that the water can be dangerous if you don't know how to swim. And Tanner is too scared to learn! When his mother brings him to the local swimming pool for lessons, he refuses to even stick his head under the water. With the guidance of Coach Ted, though, Tanner is soon splashing with his new friends and learning valuable lessons in water safety.


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