Here's Why You Should Read High Contrast Books To Your Baby!

High contrast black and white baby books help develop your baby’s vision! Read more here!

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Four-Legged Readers | Pets Love Blue Manatee Press Books, Too!

Apparently it’s not just children who love our books! Take a look at some of our four-legged friends reading some blue manatee press favorites!

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Here are 5 Reading Spots For Summertime!

Today is the first official day of summer! What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than to read your favorite book in the sun?? Here are 5 of our favorite summertime reading spots!

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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!

Meet the Team! Q&A With Blue Manatee Press's Nicole Smith!

Get a behind-the-scenes look with a Q&A with Marketing and Sales Associate Nicole Smith!

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Baby Steps: 3 Signs Your Baby Is Growing Up!

It’s graduation season—the end of one chapter and the start of a new one! This reminded us of baby development, and we wanted to help you celebrate your baby’s changes!

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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!

Learn the ABC’s With June Smalls And Her Odd Animals!

June Smalls loves letters and odd animals, and she’s written the perfect picture book that combines the two!

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3 Books to Make Bedtime Easier!

Bedtime is a common struggle for parents! Here are 3 bedtime stories sure to put you and your little one at ease!

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Read the Rainbow | Sarah Jones And Her Colorful Board Book Series!

Sarah Jones teaches us important concepts through her beautifully illustrated ROYGBaby series!

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

Dialogic reading gets the grown-up and the child to actively analyze books as you read them! Learn more about dialogic reading and see what books we have to help practice this skill!

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Here are 4 Ways to Say "I Love You" This Valentine's Day!

Tell your baby “I love you” in a special way this Valentine’s Day! Here are 4 special ways to say “I love you”!

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Use This Guide to Help You Build Your Baby's Brain!

Reading to your newborn baby for the first full year is so important for brain development! Let us make it easier for you with these easy-to-follow steps!

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Happy Birthday Fiona! Celebrate Fiona The Hippo's Second Birthday at the Cincinnati Zoo!

It’s Fiona the Hippo’s 2nd birthday! Here’s how she’s celebrating the milestone!

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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!