Merlyna Mathieu Valentine



Merlyna Mathieu Valentine is an author, national speaker, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. She is a former award-winning principal and an educator for over 30 years. She currently travels the country as an inspirational speaker. Merlyna is a sepsis survivor and now lives life to the fullest as a quadruple amputee. Her inspiring story leaves audiences and readers forever changed.

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10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 3
Book Talk
Daisy the Extra Special Flower

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Daisy the Extra Special Flower

Daisy is the most beautiful flower in the garden. The other flowers look up to her because she is colorful, brave, and strong. When something awful happens to Daisy, she realizes her life will never be the same. Daisy has some tough decisions to make as she tries to be a role model to her flower friends. Daisy amazingly figures out exactly what she needs to do to persevere! In this inspiring story, author Merlyna Valentine takes children on an enlightening journey with Daisy. Daisy’s story will positively impact children as they face life’s challenges. Daisy The Extra Special Flower shows kids how to overcome adversity, choose the right attitude, and celebrate the differences in people. Through Daisy’s story, children will be inspired to live life to the fullest with no excuses.


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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