Christina Brown wants to help kids find their confidence with her new board book Gritty Kitty! Get to know the illustrator here!Read More
Father’s Day is coming up, and we want to help you make it special for the Father figure in your life! Here are 5 ways to bond with Dad this Father’s Day!Read More
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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!
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!
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!
Pull up a blanket and spend some quality quiet time with Mom!
5. Read a bedtime story!
After a long day of fun activities, prepare for bedtime and read a book together!
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!
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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!
2. Learn Something New!
Pick up an instrument for the first time and play a few notes!
3. Make a healthy snack!
Eat a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables for that extra boost of energy!
4. Play with a friend!
Take your friend to the park and enjoy some quality playtime!
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!
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!
Mark Powers wants to teach children all about reading, music, and more! Get to know the blue manatee author here!Read More
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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!
2. By the fire!
Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up by the fireplace while you flip through the pages!
3. At a bookstore!
A bookstore is the best place to finish a book, because you can pick up another one right away!
4. In a café!
Grab a handful of your favorite books and get comfortable at your favorite local café or restaurant!
5. In a pillow fort!
Nothing screams “cozy” quite like a pillow and blanket fort!
6. At school!
Catch up on your homework early and spend down time in your favorite fictional world!
7. At the library!
Get happily lost in the stacks and stacks of books!
8. Cozy on the couch with your family!
A book is always better with a loved one!
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!
Have you ever tried something and the first time around it didn’t go how you wanted? It can be disheartening for something to not work out how you envisioned it!
Well we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to make mistakes, and the important thing to do is to try again! But don’t just take our word for it—Cincinnati-based illustrator Erin Barker says that trial and error is all part of the process.
Who is Erin Barker?
Erin graduated from Asbury University with a fine arts and painting degree in 2011. After graduation, she went on to work in graphic design before dabbling in the world of illustration.
“I didn’t take it seriously as an option until I took a desk job that was a bad fit for me. I was really creatively starved during that time in my life, so I took on a lot of illustration projects on the side and worked on those in the evenings,” she says.
Try and Try Again!
Erin’s experience illustrating What Is Soft? put to practice the age-old advice we’ve all heard: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!
“A book is a totally different medium than anything else I’ve done,” she says. “It was a challenge for me at the beginning. I had some confidence issues. A couple of the first pieces I worked on, for whatever reason, they weren’t turning out the way I wanted them to. I think I set myself very high expectations that I have to get something right the first time. So it was slightly discouraging that I had to do something over again.”
That process of trying and trying again became an important life lesson for her. “You cannot always get things right the first time, and that’s okay,” she says. “In fact, the more you do it, the second or third one is always going to be better than the first one because you’re solving problems along the way. There are instances in the first one where something is captured that you cannot duplicate. But sometimes you don’t know the first trial is the best one until you do a second or third.”
We’re so excited about Erin’s future book projects with blue manatee press! “I definitely want to keep making books,” she says.
“I love storytelling! I’m working on two book projects, one I’m illustrating, and one I’m writing and illustrating. I’m really excited, but also a little nervous. They’re both really fun projects!”