POSTED Fri. Jul 26, 2013
Introducing the Sleepy Animals
Alyson Kilday

My name is Alyson Kilday, and along with illustrator John Clark IV and authors Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy, we’ve created a children’s book entitled What The Sleepy Animals Do At The Audubon Zoo.

Renee and her father take a trip to the Audubon Zoo, where Renee realizes the animals are rather sleepy and inactive during the day. In fact, they’re a little boring. So her father explains the animals’ lethargy with a story about how the critters are tired by day because they party at night, complete with a second line, music and food.

It’s a universal story with a New Olreans twist. The story was written by a Newman teacher who spent time making sure the cadence was the best possible rhythm for teachers teaching kids how to read. The written words don’t overly make reference to New Orleans, other than name checking Audubon and Monkey Kill. Rather, it’s the heavily illustrated pages that New Orleanians will recognize. With over 40 fully illustrated color pages and 200+ illustrated individual characters, it’s a book that kids and adults can enjoy time after time.

This project wasn’t just about creating a children’s book. We also wanted to create something tangible and worthwhile, a love letter to New Orleans. Not only have we created a book that was 100% crowd funded, independent, we’ve been creating a community around the Sleepy Animals by sharing the entire process on our facebook page.

Two thousand copies arrived in New Orleans this week, and we’ve already pre-sold almost half. Books will be sold in the the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, Fleurty Girl, Maple St Book Stores, and in a dozen more locations throughout the city as well as online at
There will be two book signings/release parties for the book this weekend – one for the Boys Team of Clark and Murphy, from 11am-2pm, at Maple St Books (7529 Maple Street), the other for the Girls Team of Kilday and Milsaps from 11am-2pm, at Lawrence Square (4401 Magazine St).

(article adopted from a release by Alyson Kilday)


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    The Arts Council of New Orleans

    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


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    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


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    Southern Food

    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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