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Children's Books about New Orleans
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Here are some children's books to share with children in your family or in your congregation. Some are out of print, but may still be available through your public library or a used book seller.

Books about Community and Justice

  • We came to America by Faith Ringgold (2016, Knopf Books for Young Readers, ages 5 - 8) Explores the rich gifts of all the cultures and peoples that are part of our diverse country. From the School Library Journal review: "As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country’s multifaceted lineage—and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads."
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (and the Spanish translation A de Activista with Martha Gonzales) (2013, Triangle Square, ages 3 - 7) An ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.
  • Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara (2015, Triangle Square, ages 3 - 7) Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change.

Books about New Orleans and Lousiana

  • Today is Monday in Louisiana, is a book based on a song by New Orleans singer/songwriter Johnette Downing. (2006, Pelican Publishing, ages 5 - 8) Colorfully illustrated book introduces some of the Cajun, Creole, African, and French foods that are an important part of the culture.
  • A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson (2014, Dragonfly Books, ages 5 - 9) In free verse, this book tells the story of four fictional friends as they and their families dealt with and survived the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. It is difficult subject matter, treated sensitively and well, highlighting the resilience of the people of New Orleans as well as the changes in their lives since the hurricane.
  • What Sleepy Animals Do at Audubon Zoo by Grace Millsaps (2014, The Sleepy Animals, LLC, ages 5 - 7) An imaginary tale that is filled with love for the culture of New Orleans. The manuscript was awarded Best New Orleans Children's Book at 2012 New Orleans Children's Book Festival.
  • Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by Lashon Daly (2016, Pelican Publishing, ages 5 - 8) This story is about a roving produce vendor that points to interesting parts of New Orleans life. Read an article about the Mr. Okra and about the books in the Times Picayune.
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (2010, Scholastic Paperbacks, ages 5 - 8) A beautiful rendition of Ruby Bridges story, with language and illustrations accessible to children. The focus is on the courage and resilience of the first Black child to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. This book belongs in every congregation's library.
  • Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell (2003, Picture Puffins, ages 5-8) A retelling of a classic tale, full of Cajun words and culture, including an alligator.
  • Cajun Night Before Christmas by Trosclair (1992, Pelican Publishing, ages 5-8) Papa Noel's sleigh is pulled by flying alligators in this fun and funny story told in verse, featuring Cajun language and culture. 

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