About blue manatee

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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.


Awards & Honors

Winner of a 2012 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Winner of a 2012 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Recognized for Literary & Artistic Achievement by the Ohioana Library Association

Recognized for Literary & Artistic Achievement by the Ohioana Library Association

2013 Indie Excellence Awards Finalist

2013 Indie Excellence Awards Finalist

 
2015 International Book Awards Finalist in the Children's Hardcover Picture Book Category

2015 International Book Awards Finalist in the Children's Hardcover Picture Book Category

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal in the Preschool Category

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal in the Preschool Category

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal

 

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