Louisiana Themed Children’s Books

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Louisiana Themed Children’s Books

Whether you were born and raised in the Red Stick or are a more recent transplant, you can’t deny that the food and culture of south Louisiana are something special. I love reading books with my little guy, and it’s an added bonus if they’re interesting. If you’re looking to inject a little local flavor into your reading routine check out one of these children’s books (most of which are available at the EBR Public Library).

cajun night before christmas (174x230)Cajun Night Before Christmas
written by “Trosclair”, illustrated by James Rice Pelican Publishing Company

It’s almost that time of the year! This book is well-known for being just as charming as the original The Night Before Christmas. (Bonus points if you can read it in a Cajun accent!)



why the crawfish lives in the mud (230x181)Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud
written and illustrated by Johnette Downing Pelican Publishing Company

It’s kind of like the tortoise and the hare goes crustacean. A bayou-inspired fable teaches kids about the importance of playing fair.


goodnight tigers (230x184)Goodnight Tigers
written by Amanda F. Morgan and Jessica E. McDaniel, illustrated by Sean Gautreaux Goodnight Team

If you’re into indoctrinating tiny tiger fans (I am), then this book and the next are for you. An LSU-inspired take on Goodnight Moon, it leads readers through a bedtime ritual of bidding goodnight to everything from Tiger Stadium to the LSU lakes.


lsu alphabet bookLSU Alphabet Book
written by Linda Colquitt Taylor Tate Publishing

From azaleas to zydeco, this book is just as much about south Louisiana as it is LSU. It also rhymes, which is always fun.




p is for pelican (230x189)P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet
written by Anita Prieto, illustrated by Laura Knorr Sleeping Bear Press

Don’t write this one off as just another alphabet book for little ones–it’s got sidebars with more detailed information to interest older kids, not to mention beautiful illustrations.



today is monday in louisiana (230x181)Today Is Monday In Louisiana
written by Johnette Downing, illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair Pelican Publishing Company

I have always loved the Monday tradition of eating red beans and rice. This book features a tasty Louisiana meal for each day of the week–might be useful in getting picky eaters to try something new! You can get a look at the pages and hear the author, Johnette Downing, singing along on this YouTube video. And here’s a fun fact: Ms. Downing has actually petitioned the State of Louisiana to make it the official children’s song. You can read and sign the petition (and hear more of her music!) on her website.

down in louisiana (178x230)Down in Louisiana
written by Johnette Downing, illustrated by Deborah Kadair Pelican Publishing Company

Here’s another book by Johnette Downing and Deborah Kadair, this one focusing on the natural environment. It features the same rhythmic rhyming and mixed-media illustrations that I find so charming.



historic baton rouge coloring book (230x179)Historic Baton Rouge Coloring Book
written and illustrated by Joseph A. Arrigo Pelican Publishing Company

Okay, maybe this one doesn’t meet the strictest definition of a book, but it’s fun. What better way to teach kids about local landmarks than to let them loose with a box of crayons?


I think it’s great for kids to be able to connect what they see in books with their everyday lives, and where else is your child going to read about egrets, crawfish (spelled the proper way), and the LSU lakes than in books written by Louisianian authors? So whether you’re doing a homeschooling unit on our great state or just trying to expand your bedtime reading repertoire, give one of these books a try–you may even learn something!


Charlotte is mom to two-year-old Jack and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works part time, sells vintage wares on Etsy, and also maintains a personal blog, Living Well on the Cheap, where she writes about creating a full, rich life and a beautiful home without living beyond her means. Decorating, blogging, and thrifting were the creative outlets that helped her cope with the emotional demands of her career as a social worker, and they still serve her well now that she spends most of her time caring for her son. She and her husband, Nick, both grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, but met at LSU in 2006 and never had the heart to leave Baton Rouge. She is happy to call the Red Stick home and loves connecting with other moms.


  1. Mike Artell has three great LA inspired books…Petit Rouge-A Cajun Red Riding Hood, Three Little Cajun Pigs, and Jacques and de Beanstalk. It’s so much fun reading in the accent.

    We have the first 2 and have even seen a live performance of Petit Rouge.
    I will have to look up the ones you suggested.


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