Nancy Rust



Nancy Rust is passionate about books and believes well-chosen words can empower young people and make the world a better place. After nearly three decades of teaching reading, writing, and literature, she sat down with her computer and began her career as an author. She and Carol Stubbs have written five books together. You can catch up with them on their Facebook page, Nancy & Carol Books, or learn more about their books at

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When Bad Things Happen, Find Your Superpower
with Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs
(Ages 6 to 9)


The Rose Without a Name: The Story of the Katrina Rose

The Story of the Katrina Rose:

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through Louisiana and Mississippi, breaking levees and leaving great destruction in its path.

Of the 400 roses in Peggy Martin's garden, only one managed to survive the 20 foot waves that devastated the land...

Louisiana authors Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs tell the story of a rose that continues to bring hope to many around the world. And Melissa Vandiver's beautiful paintings help bring the story to life.



Andrew Higgins and the Boats That Landed Victory in World War II

Andrew Higgins built boats that could "crunch through driftwood, bounce over logs, climb a beach," and "wham up on a sloping concrete sea wall." In World War II, that was exactly what was needed to get soldiers and Jeeps from the ocean to land. This biography for young readers traces the invention of the legendary Higgins boat-and the adventurous childhood of the remarkable man behind it.


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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