A frequent quote from Coleen summarizing her passion for children's literature.
"EPOSSUMONDAS" IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK WITH DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO OF COLEEN READING THE BOOK! NOW YOUR CHILDREN CAN HEAR HER INDELIBLE VOICE READING "EPOSSUMONDAS" WHILE YOU PAGE THROUGH THE BOOK! AVAILABLE ON-LINE OR AT YOUR FAVORITE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE.
We miss Coleen's southern drawl and wit. But in her wake remain hundreds of people who love reading books, authors and illustrators she tirelessly promoted and librarians who remain dedicated to children's literature due to her influence. A scholar, storyteller, author, Mardi Gras Queen and New Orleans raconteur, Coleen captured her beloved Louisiana culture and spirit in 5 published books, featuring the endearing possum in the Epossumondas books and the West Feliciana goats in "Who's that tripping over my bridge?".
The legacy of Coleen Salley's contribution to children's literature lives on with the Coleen Salley Endowment Fund established by the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. Learn how this fund supports authors and how you can contribute to the power of oral storytelling and reading.
The many faces of Coleen Salley do not end here and wouldn't for a lady that packed the equivalent of 150 years of living into 79! We hope you'll enjoy learning more about this ambassador to children's literature as you explore her website.