What The Sleepy Animals Do At The Audubon Zoo

What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo is an award-winning children’s book that captures the culture and charm of
New Orleans with rich illustrations and playful rhyme.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy?

Renee did, and her father had an answer.

At night, monkeys steal the zookeeper’s keys, sloths play jazz, flamingos flamenco, pelicans cater,
and snakes wonder how to join the hokey pokey.
By the time the visitors arrive in the morning, the animals are all tuckered out.
Renee doesn’t believe her father’s wild tale, but dads have a way of being right about these things…

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We love hopping into our Rhino Car to bring our stories, game shows and educational entertainment right to the kids.

We promise, our school visits will turn your sleepy animals into engaged readers!

School Visits

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Past Events

Some stories and photos from events we’ve been to.
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Fan Art

A place to store all the great art sent our way.
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For Educators

We do school visits! We also created classroom teaching resources to go along with reading the book.

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Winner of an international IPPY silver medal for picture books!

Best New Orleans Children’s Book at 2012 New Orleans Children’s Book Festival.
And We’re Just Getting Started!

One of the great successes in New Orleans children’s books this year…
Susan Larson , NPR’s The Reading Life
This book has beautifully detailed illustrations and off-the-charts imagination
Gojcus, Indiegogo
The story is charming, but what really makes the book come alive are the gorgeous illustrations. When I first thumbed through a copy, I loved how every page had so many details. When you’re going to be reading a book many, many times over at bedtime, it’s nice to have new things to notice (or point out) every time. I shared it with several other adults, who were also charmed by it, and it’s a big hit with my nephews.
C. Root, A Book Lover
Tthis book is incredibly well done. the story is cute and clever, but the illustrations are the star of this book. it’s beautiful to look at, and my kids notice something new every time we read. this is my 8 year old’s favorite book, and it is one that i do not mind reading to my younger son over and over again. we gave this book as christmas gifts to our nieces and nephews and they were delighted!
Tim Donati, A Dad
As a second grade teacher, I am constantly in search of great children’s literature to use in my classroom. This clever book captures the reader’s attention with its playful alliteration and lyrical rhyme. My students were captivated by the wonderful illustrations and clever story! I found it to be a great springboard for a class writing assignment as it had us all thinking about why the kids were sleepy in class! This book was just thing they needed to let their imagination run wild! This is a must have book for children of all ages!
S. Barrett, A Teacher
We live at… the highrise between the river and the park so we overlook the zoo parking lot and at night from the balcony listen to the animals around feeding time before they go quiet- though now of course we know they really don’t go quiet. When my 3 year old grandson and I read the book, there is one picture where there are some tall buildings in the background and Cole always says “Here’s Mere and Pere’s house!” He has had many experiences of going to the zoo and finding all the animal asleep so he can really relate. My 20 month old grandson is just starting to get enough language to talk about the book and get the concept of the zoo from 7 stories above but he has been choosing the book from the stack from the first minute I had it. You all have a wonderful success and I am thrilled to have been lucky enough to have been able to watch it take form. Thank you!
Joan Starr, A Grandmother

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