Hi, I’m Donna Cowden author and illustrator!
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the food is perfectly spicy and the weather is beautifully warm (although quite HOT in the summer months). In bloom, the crepe myrtles are awesomely beautiful and the live oaks full of Spanish moss are exquisite. I’m not sure what exactly to say about the alligators except they live here too! Everyone has something – it’s bears further north.
I’m less than one hour from New Orleans (NOLA as it is known here), which is a fantastic, fun city to visit. Not just because of Mardi Gras, either, in fact I’ve never been to Mardi Gras — that’s just not for me! I do enjoy Jackson Square, The House of Blues, watching live street performers, the French Outdoor Market, getting around the city via old time streetcars, the antique shops, cruises on the Steamboat Natchez, and of course enjoying the culinary treats — jambalaya, gumbo, beignets, crawfish…yum…and so much more! If you ever visit with children, here is a link to a great site to help you plan your getaway...New Orleans Kids.
I grew up in the rural countryside in the north and have fond memories of ice skating, sledding, swimming (I was on the swim team), riding horses (I had a pony named “Mom”), riding bikes to the general store for penny candy and other treats, ransacking the mulberry tree when it was in bloom, games of Hide-N-Seek at dusk, and so much more!
I recently began writing and illustrating children’s books — a career change for me. I LOVE the work. I wish I had chosen this path years ago.
Where to find Donna Cowden online
The Rusty, Old Steam Engine
By Donna Cowden
Published: July 30, 2013.
It all begins when a tiny engineer mouse rolls into town with his rusty, old steam engine. It's not long before the engineer mouse loses his seat and the rusty steam engine begins flying down the rickety train tracks taking two children on the ride of their life. They meet up with purple cows, are sent on quadruple loop-de-loops, ride down steep, slippery slides and more!
Sidewalk Chalk Doesn't Wash Off
By Donna Cowden
Published: July 10, 2013.
Learn what “sidewalk chalk doesn’t wash off,” and just what it was that made “Paw Paw’s truck” so special. Journey through the world from a child’s point of view. Catch stars, become a Wee Picasso, and eat a monster meal with your new pet alligator. Entertain children with the “8 Parts of Speech” in “Word Jambalaya” or give them a lesson in idioms and clichés with “What Sayings are Really Saying."
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