New Orleans-Themed Books That Make Story Time With Your Kids Easy

Many local stores offer an abundance of children's books with a Louisiana theme. Most of them are written by local authors and provide entertaining insight to the traditions and culture of our wonderful state. Here are a few great options to teach kids more about Louisiana.

Hello, New Orleans

A parent and child pelican explore the city of New Orleans just like any tourist. The pair takes a streetcar ride, listens to the Preservation Hall Jazz band, celebrates Mardi Gras, visits the Audubon zoo, eats local foods, visits the swamps and plantation country and rides on a steamboat. The story offers an easy way to teach young ones about different New Orleans landmarks and traditions. The pelicans even take some time to cheer on the New Orleans Saints. Who Dat!

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Dragons of New Orleans

Local author Bruce Dear writes a whimsical story about a boy whose creativity comes to life as he explores the imagined life of dragons in the city of New Orleans.

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Today is Monday in Louisiana

Based on a song by Johnette Downing, this book takes readers on a culinary tour of Cajun, Creole, African and French foods of Louisiana. Monday is for red beans, of course, while Sunday is made for beignets.

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Good Night NOLA

This endearing bedtime story is as pleasant for adults to read as it is for children. Each page bids goodnight to all things New Orleans including landmarks, red beans and rice, pralines and po-boys.

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The Adventures of Yat and Dat

Fox 8 News anchor Nancy Parker began writing short stories for her kids which eventually led to her writing two children’s books, “The Adventures of Yat and Dat Superdome!” and “The Adventures of Yat and Dat What’s Cookin’?” The series follows the story of two birds who discover sports and gourmet food in their beloved city.

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What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo

When a father is asked by his young daughter why all the animals at the zoo sleep all day he comes up with an elaborate explanation which includes all-night dance parties catered by the pelicans.

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P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet

This alphabet book teaches readers the culture and history of Louisiana.  It’s recommended for kids ages 6 to 9 years old.

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Fleurdy Birds

These curious looking birds have a head shaped like a fleur de lis. Follow the adventures of Marty and Gracie as they parade down the streets of New Orleans and nest in the bayous of Louisiana.

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