Johnette Downing


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The recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Writer Award, Johnette Downing is a musician, author, haiku poet, and cut-paper collage illustrator dedicated to sharing her Louisiana roots music and books with children across the globe. She is the author of 28 books and 11 recordings, and has performed on five continents. Her latest books are Bonfires on the Levee - A Louisiana Christmas Tradition and Five Little Possums.

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Bonfires on the Levee
(Ages 2 to 8)


Bonfires on the Levee: A Louisiana Christmas Tradition

Louisiana author and illustrator Johnette Downing captures charming holiday traditions in this counting book for emerging readers. From one to ten the images of holiday bonfires and Christmas practices along the levees fill the pages. The vibrant illustrations created in cut paper and foam collage enhance the text, offering little ones further engagement in this soon to be classic Christmas tale of waiting for Papa Noel along the levee.


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