Support Local Authors :: Praline Lady Should Be On Your Family Bookshelf

    Disclosure :: we are so thankful to have received a copy of Praline Lady courtesy local author and New Orleans mom, Kirstie Myvett. Links to her book are affiliate links. That said, we love nothing more than celebrating local women achieving great things! 

    Support Local Authors :: Praline Lady Should Be On Your Family Bookshelf

    Let me start by saying that I simply love pralines. There’s just something about that sweet pecan filled treat that still vividly reminds me of my own genuine childhood excitement when my Mom would bring one home for me. Needless to say, a children’s book about pralines evokes all the nostalgia for me.

    Kirstie Myvett’s Praline Lady takes place in the New Orleans French Quarter and tells the story of a local praline maker and her daily quest to sell her homemade treats to residents. The story allows readers to learn from the praline lady as she creates her homemade praline treats. The so-called praline lady then journeys through the city of New Orleans to sell her delectable sweets and dreams of opening her own praline shop one day.

    Shining a bright light on Black female entrepreneurs, Praline Lady shows the possibility of a hardworking woman with a dream and a goal. The best part is that it is set right here in New Orleans, so young children can easily relate to the setting and see themselves in the story. Even more importantly, young readers will be able to see themselves in the praline lady and envision all of their creative and entrepreneurial dreams coming true. Children often have big dreams, and the Praline Lady shows you that all things are possible with hard work and determination.

    For the family who loves a book with a lesson, this story does a great job of utilizing words and phrases like “Vieux Carre” and “beignets” that are a staple in every New Orleans’ child’s emerging vocabulary. There is also a helpful glossary of terms included for those who might need help with our vernacular. Therefore, Praline Lady also makes a great gift for out of town friends, cousins or people who may love New Orleans like we do but not get to partake in its joy as often as residents. Package the book with pralines and voila! You’ve got the sweetest gift or care package.

    Praline Lady is a great addition to any child’s bookshelf, especially for a local kiddo or a New Orleanian at heart. Consider donating one to your child’s classroom; it is authored by and features a Black entrepreneur. This is also Kirstie’s debut picture book, so by supporting her work you are also investing in one local woman’s dream. Make sure to grab a copy of Praline Lady for your little ones as soon as you can. But make sure you have a praline or praline recipe ready to enjoy while you read!

    Purchase Praline Lady easily at Amazon!

    About the Author of Praline Lady

    Kirstie resides in New Orleans with her husband and three children (although two are technically adults they’ll always be her kids). She enjoys foreign films, visits to the beach, and playing board games with her family. She was fortunate to live in Taiwan and Brazil where she developed a deep respect and admiration for different cultures.Kirstie Myvett New Orleans mom

    Kirstie received a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and works in higher education. She is inspired by first generation college students and is committed in her role of connecting scholarship recipients and donors. She is passionate about philanthropy and has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit arena extensively.

    Kirstie believes that representation matters and features diverse writers on her blog. Her debut picture book, PRALINE LADY, released in November 2020. 

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    Danielle Blanco
    Danielle is a native New Orleanian. She graduated from Ben Franklin and attended the University of New Orleans' undergraduate and graduate schools. She and her husband Abraham married in 2017 and welcomed their son Blaise in 2019 and son Beckham in 2021. She balances motherhood with working full time as the Director of People and Culture in the local healthcare and education industries. She is learning to embrace the chaos of life as a Mom. Danielle’s current struggle is navigating preschool options for her oldest and managing the endless appetite of her youngest. This type-A mama can usually be found on the go with a to-do list and a plan. She enjoys trying new things, thrifting, and is always in the middle of glittering or a DIY project. Additionally, she never turns down a happy hour or beach vacation. She is excited to experience New Orleans as a mom and is truly proud to call it home.



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