What kinds of books do you publish?
As an independent children's imprint, we mainly publish board books and picture books. Board books are short, simple, and sturdy, so they're perfect for babies and toddlers (ages 0-3). Picture books are longer and more involved, and children often enjoy reading them until age 7 or 8—sometimes even beyond then. Part of our mission at blue manatee press is to promote shared reading and hands-on, creative play (no screens!), ideas that are reflected in many of our books. We also like for our books to integrate health or educational themes whenever possible, and we welcome illustrations in many different media.
What is your relationship to blue manatee children's bookstore?
The founders of blue manatee press also own blue manatee children's bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. But even though the two share a name, they are in fact separate businesses. We don't offer any sort of publishing services through the bookstore, and the store carries titles from many, many different publishers, not just blue manatee press.
Where can I find your books?
Many libraries and independent bookstores around the United States carry our titles, so check out stores in your area and shop local! You can also order our books online from Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indigo.
How do I book one of your authors for an event at my bookstore, school, or library?
Please contact us for information regarding author events.
I work for the media and would like to cover blue manatee press. Are your authors available for interviews?
Yes, our authors are available to talk about their books. Please contact us if you would like to set up an interview with a particular author or illustrator.
Do you ever partner with non-profits or other health organizations?
Yes! We are proud to partner with organizations like Reach Out and Read, Healthy Families America, Nurse-Family Partnership, and more. If you are from a hospital, non-profit, or other health organization, please click here for more information on partnering with us, or contact us to place an order.
How do I submit a manuscript for publication?
Please read our submission guidelines for information on submitting book proposals.