Find Your Grit with Christina Brown | Get to Know our Blue Manatee Press Illustrator!

Christina Brown wants to help kids find their confidence with her new board book Gritty Kitty! Get to know the illustrator here!

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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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5 Ways to Bond With Mom This Mother's Day!

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!

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!

Here Are 5 Ways to Celebrate Health Day!

This Sunday is Health Day! Here at blue manatee press, we strive to live happy and healthy lives every single day! We want to help you do the same! Here are 5 ways you and your family can celebrate Health Day!

1. Begin with mindfulness!

Mindful breathing is one of the fastest ways to find inner calm. Start your morning by closing your eyes and taking 3-5 slow breaths!

 
When We Are Quiet     written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

When We Are Quiet written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

 

2. Learn Something New!

Pick up an instrument for the first time and play a few notes!

 
Alphabet Family Band     written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

Alphabet Family Band written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

 

3. Make a healthy snack!

Eat a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables for that extra boost of energy!

 
Hungry Henry     written and illustrated by Marla Osborn

Hungry Henry written and illustrated by Marla Osborn

 

4. Play with a friend!

Take your friend to the park and enjoy some quality playtime!

 
Play   written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

Play written by Dr. John Hutton and pictures by Sarah Jones

 

5. Get a good night’s sleep!

After a long, healthy day, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep to make every day Health Day!

 
Sleep Baby Safe and Snug     written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Leah Busch

Sleep Baby Safe and Snug written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Leah Busch

 

How do you plan on celebrating Health Day? Tell us in the comments below, and make sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for your for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!

I Want to Know Mark Powers | Get to Know the Author and Drummer!

Mark Powers wants to teach children all about reading, music, and more! Get to know the blue manatee author here!

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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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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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Get To Know Author & Illustrator Doug Cenko! 

Get to know one of blue manatee press’s authors and illustrators, Doug Cenko!

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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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Here Are 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Do With Your Baby!

A new year is upon us! With a few days under 2019’s belt, it’s time to put to practice some of those new year’s resolutions! Here are 5 easy-to-follow resolutions for you and your baby to lead a healthy, mindful 2019!

1. Read more books!

Babies are constantly learning by sound! Read to your baby for 15 minutes a day from birth! They may not understand what you’re saying yet, but they sure do love the sound of your voice!

 
I Want To Be a Reader!   written by Mark Powers and illustrated by Maria Montag

I Want To Be a Reader! written by Mark Powers and illustrated by Maria Montag

 

2. Learn a new language!

Learning more than one language is good for baby’s brain, and yours too! Being multilingual improves cognitive and social-emotional development, learning, and the chances for long-term success!

 
In Spring…En Primavera…  written by Susana Madinabeitia Manso and photo-illustration by Emily Hanako Momohara

In Spring…En Primavera…written by Susana Madinabeitia Manso and photo-illustration by Emily Hanako Momohara

 

3. Get involved with nature!

Did you know that 1/3 of the food people and animals eat will only grow if pollinated by bees? There’s so much to learn and to teach yourself and your baby! Get outdoors to learn and play together!

 
Sleepy Bee  , written by John Hutton and art by Sandra Gross

Sleepy Bee, written by John Hutton and art by Sandra Gross

 

4. Eat healthier!

Between 4-6 months of age, your baby is ready to have 1 to 2 tablespoons of plain, strained fruits and vegetables up to twice a day!

 
Allie’s Garden  , written by Sabra Chebby and illustrated by Marla Osborn

Allie’s Garden, written by Sabra Chebby and illustrated by Marla Osborn

 

5. Slow down and embrace mindfulness!

Babies respond to your emotional cues, which makes it so important to self-soothe! Try mindful breathing or simply smiling, and you and your baby will feel more peaceful!

 
When We Are Quiet   written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

When We Are Quiet written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

 

What are your new year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow blue manatee press on instagram @bluemanateepress for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!