Kids reading

Story Bayou is a series of interactive book apps for kids ages 8-12 developed by a parent looking to interest kids in reading through the magic of technology.

The series was created by Julie Landry Laviolette, mom of a 9- and an 11-year-old, and a longtime journalist.

Story Bayou (a play on “Story By You”) engages elementary- and middle-school age children in a literary journey by allowing kids to choose how the action proceeds during critical points in each story. One path will lead in one direction, the other path will lead to something entirely new. Multiple paths and endings bring suspense to the stories, always with the option of returning to the beginning and starting anew.

The stories, written in second person, put the reader in the driver’s seat and cast them as the main character. Colorful illustrations help bring the stories to life.

Story Bayou’s first release, Brush of Truth, aimed at third- through sixth-graders, introduces a medieval sorceror’s magic paintbrush that’s discovered in modern time by two tweens.

With 65 decision points and 20 possible endings, Brush of Truth leads the kids on adventures under the sea, in floating graveyards and inside sand castles, among others, as they discover its powers.

About our founder

Julie Landry Laviolette

CEO/Director of Fun, Story Bayou

Author, Brush of Truth

Julie Landry Laviolette is a mom of two who grew up reading anything she could get her hands on, starting with cereal boxes at the breakfast table.

A longtime journalist, Julie is a former columnist and community news editor for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. She now contributes regularly to The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and more than 30 regional parenting publications in the United States and Canada. Brush of Truth is her first work of fiction.

Once upon a time, Julie was looking for a new project, something to keep her busy in the midst of the shrinking field of media work. At her son’s fifth-grade graduation luncheon, she began chatting with a dad who happened to be a software developer looking for new ideas. The two talked as the dishes were cleared, and the rest is history.

A native of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Julie and her family now live, work and play in South Florida. Wanting a little more fun in her life, she decided to create her own.