About blue manatee Press

bmp manatee

a press with purpose

blue manatee press was founded in 2011 with a mission to create meaningful, enduring books that help bring grown-ups and children together. Led by a pediatrician, our team consists of experts in child development, fine art, and children’s literature, our laboratory an award-winning independent bookstore in business for over 20 years.

We publish original children's books that utilize a variety of artistic media and strive to create stories that are both educational and fun, with an emphasis on turning off screens and experiencing the world through hands-on, creative play. Feel free to explore our website to learn more about our books, our authors, and our partnerships with organizations across the country!

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All titles proudly printed in the USA



blue manatee press is exclusively distributed by Independent Publishers Group and wholesalers nationwide.

Awards & Honors

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal in the Preschool Category
2013 Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal
Winner of a 2012 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

What people think of blue manatee press:

“Cheers to these creatively playful books whose images and text are as vibrant as their mission–to encourage young minds and those who care for them to celebrate life’s simplest, healthiest and most essential loves: playing, connecting, learning and growing.” - Joanna Parzakonis (Co-Owner), Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
“Long a local treasure, I am thrilled that Blue Manatee Press titles will be available in stores everywhere. The combination of a bookseller’s eye for quality and inventiveness and a pediatrician’s knowledge of childhood development, these books are perfect hand-sells in a sea of packaged titles.” - Michael Link, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
“In this triple threat (at least as far as concept books go), Cincinnati-based author/artist Jones makes a strong debut as she explores seven colors, shapes, and animals... Jones’s clever portraits ooze personality, and will appeal to children and book-buying adults alike.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review), Orange Triangle Fox
"Things that go, a cat to find, cheerful colors, and slight text make a board book that will engage young readers. Surprisingly complex scenes created entirely from clay show off a variety of wheeled vehicles: a train, a farm tractor, construction equipment, race cars, a fire truck, and a school bus.... Young children will be happy to find this feline and his wheels again and again." - Kirkus Reviews, Walter's Wheels
“This quirky abecedarian offers one alliterative sentence per letter ('A is for adding./B is for bouncing./C is for cooking.') paired with clever illustrations depicting more letter-themed animals and activities for careful readers to discover. For example, 'J is for juggling' features a jellyfish juggling jewels, jig-saw puzzle pieces, jelly beans, and Jell-O. Awash in silliness, this is perfect for preschoolers already familiar with their ABCs." - School Library Journal, Letters Are For Learning
"Your Red Shoes is a gentle, heartwarming story perfect to read aloud and share with little ones.” - Midwest Book Review, Your Red Shoes