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Book Shows and Festivals: Where You Can Find Blue Manatee Press!

We love participating in book trade shows and book festivals! Here are a few places you can catch us this fall!

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Creative Play with Blue Manatee Press Books!

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These Cranberry Orange Scones Are the Perfect Fall Treat!

If you know Lord Wolfington, you know he loves a good scone recipe for the fall season!

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Mr. Pumpkin’s banquet serves up some of our favorite fall foods, and to get excited for the upcoming autumn season, we decided to make Lord Wolfington’s cranberry orange scones ourselves, and they did not disappoint!

Want to make these delicious fall scones, too? Follow the recipe below!

 
Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party  , written and illustrated by  Erin Barker , was recently named a  Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List pick . Available  now for pre-order , in bookstores September 3.

Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party, written and illustrated by Erin Barker, was recently named a Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Available now for pre-order, in bookstores September 3.

 

Lord Wolfington’s Cranberry Orange Scones

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Prep time: 10 mins.     Cook Time: 20-25 mins.    Total Time: 30-35 mins

What You’ll Need

Supplies

  • 1 large mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons

  • 1 Whisk

  • 1 standard size cookie sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Cookie cutter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, shredded using a cheese grater

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 teaspoons sanding or other coarse sugar (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup orange juice, strained

Making the scones

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.

 
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Mix with a whisk until well combined.

3. Add the cold, shredded butter to the mixture.

 
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4. Mix using your hands until it resembles coarse crumbs (pea-sized chunks are good).

 
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5. Pour in the cold heavy whipping cream.

 
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6. Fold it into the dry mixture, starting with a whisk or other stirring utensil, and then use your hands as the dough starts to come together.

 
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  • Here’s a tip: Add cold water by the tablespoon if it’s too dry!

7. Add the dried cranberries, making sure to not overwork the dough too much.

 
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8. On a lightly floured surface, bring the dough together a little more and then shape it into a large disk, roughly 1 ½ inches thick.

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  • Here’s a tip: Again, try not to overwork the dough! This results in a tougher, less-flaky scone texture.

9. Cut out scones using a circular cookie cutter.

 
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10. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, sprinkle with sanding sugar (the sugar is optional, but adds a nice texture to the top!).

 
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11. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on the top and bottom.

12. Let the scones cool to room temperature while you make the glaze.

13. For the glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice in a large bowl.

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  • Here’s a tip: For a smoother consistency, sift the powdered sugar into the bowl first before mixing with the orange juice!

14. Drizzle the glaze over the scones in whatever way you’d like and enjoy!

 
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These scones are as delicious as you can imagine, and now we’re really craving the fall season! Have any fun recipes you love? Share with us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for all things books, art, inspiration and more!

 

 
 
 

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Getting Motivated to Go Back to School

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Meet the Team! A Q&A With Our Summer Intern Bailey!

One of the great things about blue manatee press is seeing how children’s books and baby books are inspiring artists and writers all over the place!

Our summer intern is one of those artists, who has ambitions of becoming a children’s book illustrator one day. Get to know Bailey a little bit better below, and see which books she loved when she was growing up!

 
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Tell us about yourself.

I’m in the middle of a fine arts degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, with a concentration in painting and drawing.

I always knew I needed to go into a creative career, after going through phases of wanting to be an architect, a pastry chef, and an art museum curator, I decided on what seemed to be perfect for me.

I grew up loving to read and always making art. Naturally, I took my favorite books as inspiration and it finally clicked that I should work in children’s books.

 
Inspired by our titles and the artwork in our picture books, Bailey sketched some new characters to keep practicing her illustration skills.

Inspired by our titles and the artwork in our picture books, Bailey sketched some new characters to keep practicing her illustration skills.

 

Growing up, what were your favorite children’s books?

I grew up on books written by Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Quentin Blake—my very favorites. Both the words and illustrations helped form who I am. I loved classic books: Goodnight Moon; Love You Forever; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and The Rainbow Fish.

Some of my favorite authors/illustrators are Sandra Boynton, Dr Seuss, and the author and illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books, A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.

 
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Which blue manatee press books do you recommend?

I really love the illustrations in Odd Animal ABC’s, as well as both My Papa is a Princess and My Mama is a Mechanic. All three of these books have major focuses on creativity—a skill I value and love to see children interacting with.

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What do you hope to take from this internship?

Through this internship, I’m getting experiences that aren’t direct but more on the flip side of my future career. I think this should help me know how to present myself as an author/illustrator in an efficient and responsible way—hopefully leading to success in my profession and dream.

“Blue Manatee Press couldn’t have been a better fit for me. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

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Want To Publish With Blue Manatee Press? Here's a Guide To Help You Decide If We're The Right Fit!

Congratulations! You’ve finished a manuscript!

That is no easy task, and you should be proud of yourself! Now you’re ready to submit that manuscript to publishers in hopes that they will choose your story!

Thinking about submitting to blue manatee press? There are only a few publishers who still accept unsolicited manuscripts, but before you hit that “send” button, make sure we’re the right home for you! Here are a few things to know about blue manatee press!

Who is blue manatee press?

 
There’s more where that came from! A sampling of blue manatee press’s picture books and board books.

There’s more where that came from! A sampling of blue manatee press’s picture books and board books.

 

If this is your first time with us, blue manatee press is an independent children’s book publisher of original board books and picture books with an emphasis on building readers from infancy. Our founder Dr. John Hutton emphasizes baby literacy by encouraging adults to read to children for at least 15 minutes a day as early as infancy.

Another major point of focus for blue manatee press is screen-free playtime—that means getting creative! Many of our titles support creative play, including the Baby Unplugged series and our ROYGBaby series, our rainbow-colored concept book series!

I’m ready to submit my manuscript. What do I do?

Submitting to the press is the easy part! But first, make sure we’re the right fit for your manuscript by reading and downloading our submission guidelines.

 
Want a tip? Make a check-list as you begin to submit your manuscript so you know you haven’t missed any steps!

Want a tip? Make a check-list as you begin to submit your manuscript so you know you haven’t missed any steps!

 

A few immediate questions to ask yourself:

  1. Our board books are 14 pages (17 spreads) with no more than 100 total words. Does your board book fit this criteria?

  2. Our picture books are no longer than 40 pages (20 spreads) and on average are no more than 1,000 total words. Does your picture book fit this criteria?

Once you’ve read our submission guidelines and you think your manuscript qualifies, send your completed book proposal as an email attachment to bluemanateepress@gmail.com with one of two subject lines: “Board Book New Submission” or “Picture Book New Submission.” If we are interested in your project, we will contact you within two to three months of submission.

I’m not sure my manuscript fits the criteria, so I’m nervous to submit to the press.

We’re a small (but mighty) team, which means we are unable to answer personal queries regarding our submission guidelines or if your manuscript fits the criteria.

So we say—submit your manuscript anyway! If we think your story has potential but will need some more work, that won’t turn us away from it! We’re happy to work with manuscripts that we see have a bright future with our editorial team!

If we are interested in your submission, then you will hear back from us within 3 months of when you submitted. We understand the excitement and anticipation it comes with creative work, so we appreciate your patience in us reading through all of the submissions we receive!

We hope this helps! Be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress to stay up to date with the latest from blue manatee press!

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Mother’s Day is just a little over one week away! It’s the perfect opportunity to show all the Moms in the world how much we appreciate them, so let’s get creative! Here are 5 ways to bond with Mom this Mother’s Day!

1. Play pretend!

Be a surgeon, an architect, or a mechanic! There’s nobody better to play pretend with than Mama!

 
My Mama is a Mechanic     written and illustrated  Doug Cenko

My Mama is a Mechanic written and illustrated Doug Cenko

 

2. Make a healthy snack!

We know we’re not supposed to play with our food, but if it’s with Mom, we know it’ll still be healthy!

 
Hungry Henry     by Marla Osborn

Hungry Henry by Marla Osborn

 

3. Learn something new together!

Did you know that an Elephant’s closest relative is a Rock Hyrax? Maybe you and Mom can learn about some odd animals together!

 
Odd Animal ABC’s     written by June Smalls and illustrated by Claire Sedovic

Odd Animal ABC’s written by June Smalls and illustrated by Claire Sedovic

 

4. Cuddle!

Pull up a blanket and spend some quality quiet time with Mom!

 
Blanket   written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

Blanket written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

 

5. Read a bedtime story!

After a long day of fun activities, prepare for bedtime and read a book together!

 
Black & White Nighty-Night   written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

Black & White Nighty-Night written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

 

How do you plan on celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!