Get Unplugged With Blue Manatee Press!

Here at the blue manatee press, we believe books have the power to inspire creativity, and one blue manatee press series is sure to immerse you and your child in creative play!

Real-World Play!

“My fondest memories of childhood involve mud puddles, fireflies, rolling in the grass with my dog, building block towers, and trying to throw a baseball through the clouds” says blue manatee press founder, Dr. John Hutton. “When it rained, I lost myself in picture books, joining characters on all kinds of adventures. In a single generation, this rich experience seems at risk of collapsing into two-dimensional screens that follow us everywhere, beginning in infancy.”

The Baby Unplugged Series!

 
The  Baby Unplugged  is a series of ten books in total with plans to add more to the collection.

The Baby Unplugged is a series of ten books in total with plans to add more to the collection.

 

This observation was the inspiration behind the Baby Unplugged series—books intended to encourage real-world, creative play.

“In my medical residency, we were to create an advocacy project meant to educate families on a health issue, and I chose limiting screen time,” says Dr. John. “Because of my connection to books and the [the blue manatee children’s] bookstore, I decided to get the message across in books rather than the standard brochure.”

So far, the Baby Unplugged series consists of ten total books, with plans to add more!

 
“Family, friends, a sunny day, The beach—a perfect place to play!” -   Beach   ,  written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Family, friends, a sunny day, The beach—a perfect place to play!” - Beach, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Some love sticks, some love rocks. I love to play with blocks!” -   Blocks  , written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Some love sticks, some love rocks. I love to play with blocks!” - Blocks, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Gifts are nice—shoes, toys, and dolls. Boxes are the best of all!” -   Box  , written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Gifts are nice—shoes, toys, and dolls. Boxes are the best of all!” - Box, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Fireflies blink on and off; Frogs croak loud, crickets chirp soft; Stars tinkle, moon shine bright; Sleepy yawn, owl hoots goodnight.” -     Yard   ,  written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Fireflies blink on and off; Frogs croak loud, crickets chirp soft; Stars tinkle, moon shine bright; Sleepy yawn, owl hoots goodnight.” - Yard, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Drops from clouds.  Drip  from sink. Water to play. Water to drink.” -   Water  , written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Drops from clouds. Drip from sink. Water to play. Water to drink.” - Water, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Throw ball, catch ball, go ball, fetch ball!” -   Ball  , written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

“Throw ball, catch ball, go ball, fetch ball!” - Ball, written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

“Think blanket, Dream blanket, Go! blanket, Team! blanket.” -   Blanket  , written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Think blanket, Dream blanket, Go! blanket, Team! blanket.” - Blanket, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Sunshine helps grow a flower. Books bloom with people power!” -   Book  , written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Sunshine helps grow a flower. Books bloom with people power!” - Book, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Touch pets, feel pets; The best are real pets.” -   Pets ,  written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Touch pets, feel pets; The best are real pets.” - Pets, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andrea Kang

“Good morning! Eat, wash, tie my shoe. So much to share, so much to do.” -   Play  , written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

“Good morning! Eat, wash, tie my shoe. So much to share, so much to do.” - Play, written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

“Baby Unplugged is a celebration of ‘old school’ childhood in the critical first three years, where imagination and hands-on play fuel happiness, health and learning for a lifetime.”

Dr. John Hutton

The series has so far garnered universal praise, with critics saying, “These books work on so many levels, with poetry to hear, pictures to talk about, and a powerful message. They give children just the sort of delightful and mind-expanding experiences they need, while leading parents to see the child’s world through a creative and joyful lens. Wonderful medicine for an overly electronic age!” - Dr. Robert Needlman, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and cofounder, Reach Out and Read.

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