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What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Cover Image
By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780988760318
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Published: The Sleepy Animals, LLC - May 1st, 2014

Rhinos rock out. Alligators stroll under limbo polls. Elephants pound the piano. Pelicans cater.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy? When Renee asks her father why the zoo animals are snoozing all day, he dreams up an elaborate answer.


Goodnight Tigers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781450706216
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Published: Ampersand, Inc. - August 16th, 2010

A loving tribute to all things LSU (Louisiana State University). Written and illustrated by LSU alums, this charming picture book invites children to dream about becoming a Tiger, too, while reminding adults of the sweetness of the LSU experience.


The Mermaids of New Orleans Cover Image
By Michael Guidry, Melissa VanDiver (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781946160287
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Published: University of Louisiana - January 1st, 2019

Little Louisiana (Little (Sleeping Bear Press)) Cover Image
By Anita C. Prieto, Laura Knorr (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781585361847
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - July 6th, 2011

State birds, flowers, trees, and animals brought to board book form for the youngest book lovers.
Toddlers will delight in these books filled with rhyming riddles, framed by brightly painted clues that introduce elements that make each state so special.


Cajun ABC  Cover Image
By Rickey Pittman, Alexis Braud (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781941879092
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Published: River Road Press - October 1st, 2017

Pass a good time in Acadiana on this alphabetical tour of Cajun country and culture. The sights, sounds, and smells of all things Cajun two-step off the page as readers are introduced to the ABCs of the unique customs of the Cajun people.


Epossumondas Plays Possum Cover Image
By Coleen Salley, Janet Stevens (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152064204
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2009

Epossumondas is the silliest, most lovable possum south of the Mason-Dixon line. In his fourth book, will he still be his mama’s sweet little patootie if he heads into the swamp, just where Mama told him not to go? After all, the swamp is home to the fearsome and legendary loup-garou!


Bayou Ballet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941879238
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Published: River Road Press - January 1st, 2019

The feathered and the furry leap to center stage in this bayou-based introduction to ballet. Join hands with the armadillo in the pas de deux or pirouette with the panther. You'll find plenty of ballet-loving creatures to dance along with, whether you preferred cavalier is the crawfish or the alligator.


The Runaway Beignet Cover Image
By Connie Morgan, Herb Leonhard (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455619122
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - January 21st, 2014

You're not gonna taste this little beignet In this confectionary folktale adaptation, a lonely baker gets his wish when he sprinkles magic sugar on a beignet and it comes to life. The little beignet boy runs away but is in danger of being eaten by the hungry people of New Orleans. He leads a wild chase through the French Quarter, visiting famous sights along the way.


The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Louisiana Cover Image
By Eric James, Mari Lobo (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781728201429
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sourcebooks Wonderland - February 1st, 2020

A must-have 2020 Easter basket stuffer Find your hometown among our wide collection of personalized Easter books

An Easter adventure following the Easter Bunny as she hops through your favorite places, spreading hoppy-ness to those she meets along the way


P Is for Pelican: A Louisiana (Discover America State by State) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781585361373
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - November 1st, 2003

Illustrated by Laura Knorr

From its festive Mardi Gras parades to its wildlife-filled swamps, Louisiana is a state of great diversity. "P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet" is an alphabet book that introduces readers young and old to the culture, history, and wonders of this Gulf state. Author Anita C.


LSU Tigers 123 (My First Counting Books (Michaelson Entertainment)) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781607300236
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Published: Michaelson Entertainment - August 30th, 2012

LSU 101 (My First Text-Board-Book) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932530094
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Published: Michaelson Entertainment - August 1st, 2004

New Orleans Saints 101 Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781607301196
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Published: Michaelson Entertainment - September 1st, 2010

Trombone Shorty Cover Image
By Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419714658
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner
Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high.


The 5 O'Clock Band Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728365
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2018

In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans. After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader. He hits the streets of New Orleans to find some answers and soak up inspiration.


New Orleans Mother Goose Cover Image
By Ryan Adam, Marita Gentry (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455619535
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - September 15th, 2014

Georg' Porg' ate crab cakes,
saw one move, cried, "Heaven's sakes "
When he found out the crab still lived,
His plate, he dropped-his face, he hid.


One, Two, Rougarou Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941879252
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Published: River Road Press - January 1st, 2019

The Rougarou is the Cajun werewolf. In this Louisiana twist on a counting favorite, the Rougarou can be stopped by placing 13 small objects in a line across the doorway. According to legend, the Rougarou cannot count to 13, but he will keep trying until sunrise.


The King Cake Baby Cover Image
By Keila Dawson, Vernon Smith (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781455620135
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - January 23rd, 2015

"No, mon ami You can't catch me "


Dragons of New Orleans Cover Image
By Bruce Dear, Samantha Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781483586571
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Published: BookBaby - December 7th, 2017

Dragons of New Orleans. In this magical tale for beginner readers a child's creativity comes to life as he explores the imagined life of dragons. Set against the backdrop of New Orleans the delightful illustrations by the talented Samantha Smith engage readers and parents with vibrant colors. Bruce Dear's whimsical passages lead us through an adventure across the city.


Boats on the Mississippi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780990409328
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Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - December 10th, 2018

Take a trip on the river! See your favorite boats as you drift down the Mississippi from Baton Rouge to New Orleans and out to the Gulf.


Snowball Rainbow: A New Orleans Color Book Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780990409311
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Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - October 1st, 2016

This bright and sturdy board book introduces all the colors (and flavors!) with New Orleans' favorite summer treat. Perfect for any NOLA baby, toddler, or preschooler.


One Dat, Two Dat, Are You A Who Dat? Cover Image
By Cornell P. Landry, Sean Gautreaux (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780615411477
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Published: Black Pot Publishing - November 22nd, 2010

From the author of GOODNIGHT NOLA! come a story for all ages about dedication, commitment, acceptance, and "Finishing Strong"


Today Is Monday in Louisiana Cover Image
By Johnette Downing, Deborah Thomas (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781455623068
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - October 28th, 2016

Gold/Honors Award Winner

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products

The Big Read 2010

Recommended Reading List for the National Coalition of Girls' Schools


Born to Be a Tiger Cover Image
By Jady Regard, Tom Sylvest Jr. (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780615125961
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Published: Slice of Lime Publishing - July 1st, 2004

Born to Be (TM) a Tiger is the story of father bringing his son to his very first LSU home football game. Follow along as father and son tailgate on campus, visit Mike the Tiger, and watch the Tigers play football in Tiger Stadium.


Born to Be a Tiger, Too! Cover Image
By Jady Regard, Tom Sylvest Jr. (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780615129006
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Published: Slice of Lime Publishing - July 1st, 2005

Born to Be a Tiger, Too! is the story of a father bringing his daughter to her very first LSU home football game. A pair of magical shoes paves the way for an extraordinary adventure of discovery and victory in Tiger Stadium.


The Cajun Cornbread Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781589802247
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - December 15th, 2008

You can't catch me--I'm full of cayenne Baked in a skillet with two chilies for the eyes, a peppercorn for the nose, a link of boudin sausage for the mouth, and a large dash of cayenne pepper for extra spice, the Cajun cornbread boy runs through the bayou, sprinting past hungry animals who would like to sample such a tasty treat.


Alligator, Bayou, Crawfish Cover Image
By Ali Solino, Candice Huber (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781732279438
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Published: Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop - December 4th, 2018

The Unhuggables Cover Image
By Kena Sosa, Alexis Braud (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781941879122
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Published: River Road Press - October 1st, 2017

Oliver is upset—very upset—and nothing his mother says makes him feel better. When she tries to give him a comforting hug, he rolls up into a tight ball like an armadillo and won’t let his mother near. She tries to coax him out of his huddle but then his claws come out. Oliver pretends to be one ferocious animal after another—none of them very good at giving hugs.


Are You Blue Dog's Friend? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810940697
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2009

Beautifully designed, and featuring a reflective mirror page at the end that brings young readers into the story, this is a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the world of Blue Dog and the appealing imagination of George Rodrigue.
 
A companion to the popular Why Is Blue Dog Blue?, this latest picture book celebrates friendship in all its shapes and sizes.


Gumbo: A Magical Bayou Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941879207
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Published: River Road Press - January 1st, 2019

Some may think gumbo is simply a delicious stew, but down in Cajun country we know gumbo is so much more. The magic of history, family tradition, local customs, and bayou seasoning meld to create a swirling wonder of flavor that enchants the senses and reminds us of home. It is just such an aroma that entices George as he wanders through the bayou on a lazy afternoon.


Stick Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142413036
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Published: Puffin Books - April 2nd, 2009

From the pulitzer prize winning illustrator and the author of Violet the Pilot, this is the story of Stick, a frog about to have a BIG adventure.


Down in Louisiana Cover Image
By Johnette Downing, Deborah Kadair (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781589804517
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - June 1st, 2007

Based on a traditional song adapted by Louisiana singer/songwriter Johnette Downing, this counting book tells of pelicans, armadillos, black bears, alligators, Catahoulas, nutria, possums, crawfish, and mosquitoes and their kin. Set in the Louisiana bayous, marshes, and wetlands, the rhythmic text offers children a tour of the Pelican State's diverse and unique natural environment.