Bayou Babies—in March of 2013. Jolivette’s literary debut came in 2010 with the successful release of his fiction novel Étouffée-- the story of an impoverished Creole family living in segregated Opelousas, Louisiana. He then released a sequel (Le Midnight Roux) in February 2012 on his The Write Creole/Lucy Terry imprint.
The book Bayou Babies Really Cookin’, intended for children ages 1 to 9, features five pint-sized Southern charmers who make a pot of Gumbo and visit their local ice cream truck for a treat. The joyous, energetic poetry in the book delivers an experience for children and adults to enjoy. Bayou Babies (the company) is also a collection of stories, coloring books, musical CD’s and other merchandise for children and adults. Jolivette has plans of expansion for his children’s entertainment segment. “Bayou Babies parties are the next step,” he said. “On a retro ice cream truck with music, coloring books, t-shirts, sno balls! And we are working on development for a cartoon and ultimately a theme park. Lofty but very serious, real goals.”
Jolivette’s website will also offer downloads of a Bayou Babies theme song and audio book for Really Cookin’. The author will be bringing the Bayou Babies book tour through Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and California throughout 2013 and 2014.
Charles Jolivette was born and raised in San Francisco, California with Southern roots and cultural ties to Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun culture. He moved in 2010 to New Orleans after a successful book tour of his debut novel. His love for Louisiana has inspired him to continually leave his mark on the literary and entertainment communities as well as work with youth across the country in various capacities. Jolivette spoke about what this project means to him. “Bayou Babies is a dream come true. And so is Louisiana. This is for those little communities that aren’t always talked about but where love is the number one priority. This is a story and a movement about good times and deep love for family. I know the world will come to know the Bayou Babies. “
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