Here's How to Support Your Local Independent Bookstores | Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is a day-long celebration of all local bookstores! Here’s how to support your local independent bookstore all year long!

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Here Are Some Fun Facts to Celebrate Earth Day!

Did you know that this Monday is Earth Day? We love celebrating the planet we call home! How much do you know about Earth? Let’s learn some new things about our planet together, and maybe you can share something you already know!

Earth is one of nine planets in our solar system!

 
Sleepy Solar System   written by  Dr. John Hutton  and illustrated by  Doug Cenko

Sleepy Solar System written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko

 

From the sun (which is a big star!) it goes: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the dwarf planet Pluto!

Did you know how much of the Earth is made up of water?

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

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

 

71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered! Of that 71 percent, 96.5 percent comes from the oceans!

But that’s not all! Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the soil moisture, and even in you and me!

Then that means how much of the Earth is made of land?

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

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

 

29% of the Earth’s surface is covered by land! Deserts make up one-third of that number, but don’t worry—there’s still plenty of land for you to run around and play on!

One important flying bug helps keep our Earth happy and healthy! Do you know which bug that is?

 
Sleepy Bee     written by Dr. John Hutton and artwork created by  Sandra Gross

Sleepy Bee written by Dr. John Hutton and artwork created by Sandra Gross

 

Bees! They may seem scary, but bees are natural pollinators! Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that bees feed on. About one-third of the food we eat every single day relies on pollination, which means we rely on bees, as well as other pollinators like birds and bats!

What’s a fun fact about Earth you can share for Earth Day? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!

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Dialogic Reading and How it Helps Your Baby's Brain!

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Here Are Our 8 Favorite Reading Spots For Winter!

The days are shorter and the nights are colder—yes, winter is officially here, the perfect time to jump into a new book! Here are our eight favorite spots to read in the wintertime!

1. With a view!

Too cold to go outside? Stay inside with a good book and read by the window!

 
Tito’s Inferno  , written by Dr. John Hutton,   is a play on Dante’s Inferno!

Tito’s Inferno, written by Dr. John Hutton, is a play on Dante’s Inferno!

 

2. By the fire!

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up by the fireplace while you flip through the pages!

 
Papa can be a lot of things, find out what in   My Papa is a Princess  , written and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

Papa can be a lot of things, find out what in My Papa is a Princess, written and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

 

3. At a bookstore!

A bookstore is the best place to finish a book, because you can pick up another one right away!


 
The blue manatee press books are sold all across America! Check your  local bookstore !

The blue manatee press books are sold all across America! Check your local bookstore!

 

4. In a café!

Grab a handful of your favorite books and get comfortable at your favorite local café or restaurant!

 
Sleepy Solar System   walks us through the all-important bedtime routine! Written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

Sleepy Solar System walks us through the all-important bedtime routine! Written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

 

5. In a pillow fort!

Nothing screams “cozy” quite like a pillow and blanket fort!

 
Something must’ve looked familiar to this reader in the board book   Dogs!   written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

Something must’ve looked familiar to this reader in the board book Dogs! written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko!

 

6. At school!

Catch up on your homework early and spend down time in your favorite fictional world!

 
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7. At the library!

Get happily lost in the stacks and stacks of books!

 
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8. Cozy on the couch with your family!

A book is always better with a loved one!

 
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Where do you and your family like to read together in the winter? Comment below to give us some ideas, and don’t forget to follow blue manatee press on instagram @bluemanateepress for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!