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Friday, March 13, 2015

Little Yat Where You At? Come See These Kids Books to Find Out! (giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge, from the author, for giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

lil yat and friends

My NOLA peeps knew exactly what I meant when I said Yat, but the rest of you MIGHT be a tad confused, So let me explain:

In NOLA, a frequent expression is "where y'at?", meaning "how are you". This and other unique phrases have come to embody what is know as the NOLA Yat dialect. With it's roots in the German  and Irish (AHA a March tie in!) NOLA communities, it's slang has spilled out to the greater NOLA area. To the point where if you ask someone if they are a Yat, they'll answer in the affirmative, if they're from NOLA!

I was thrilled recently to win a set of Lil Yat books to complete Miss Grace's set, and to share with friends.

Don;t know the books?

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Author Rhonda JohnsonValladares and her brother Kurt Johnson have taken this term and made a series of adorable kids books, featuring the Yat Pak, with strong roots in the NOLA community. The stories star Lil Yat, (a crawfish) his friend Yatty Girl (a Pelican), Drexel (an alligator) and Yatty Boy (a frog). The Yat Pack travel all over NOLA to places like the Aquarium, River Front and City Park, as well as having wonderful Pirate, Dinosaur, Dream time and Swamp adventures. There is also a special Christmas book! 

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Rhonda makes appearances at local bookstores along with one of her Lil Yat friends, for some very special reading times! Due to the popularity of the Lil Yat books, Rhonda and her brother decided to start a coordinating coloring book line, and there are 5 of those books also available, so your kids can color their own scenes of NOLA! 

About the Lil Yat creators:

Rhonda Johnson Valladares (author) and Kurt Johnson (Illustrator) are native to “New Orleans.”  Rhonda and Kurt grew up with two brothers and one sister in Uptown New Orleans.  As kids, they enjoyed the many trips to Audubon and City Park with such attractions as Monkey Hill, the Zoo and Storyland. Rhonda always had a passion for writing while Kurt had an interest in art illustration.

 However, life took them each in different directions. After graduating from college Rhonda worked in management for many years while Kurt followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the U. S. Navy.  But the passions for writing and Illustrating still loomed in this sister/brother pair.  When Kurt retired from the military he returned home to the “Big Easy.” At that time, Rhonda reignited the artistic spark in him with the hope of bringing her writings to life.  This is how Lil’ Yat’s Adventures began.

Find Lil Yat:

These books are perfect for adding to your child's Easter basket! The Lil Yat books can be purchased online, or purchased at many local NOLA vendors.  Be sure to check out the Lil Yat twitter page for when Rhonda and friends will be doing their next appearance- you do NOT want to miss the fun!

And now one of you will get to bring the fun home to your house!

Thanks to Rhonda's lovely generosity, I have a set of Lil Yat books for one of YOU to win!

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One BTHM reader will win this set of 4 Lil Yat books;

Lil Yat Dreamy Adventure
Dat NOLA Riverfront
Lil Yat's Coloring Book NOLA Aquarium Adventure
Lil Yat's Coloring Book "NOLA Dreamy Adventure


Thanks for entering this NOLA themed contest!


  1. The Dinosaur book interests me since these are all delightful and new to me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. We do not have any of these books, but my nephew would like the Lil Yat's Coloring Book NOLA Aquarium Adventure
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  3. we do not have any of these books -the pirate adventure looks cute

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