Blue Manatee Press in the News

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Shawn Dougherty and Leah Busch Talk New Picture Book Wake

Author Shawn Dougherty and illustrator Leah Busch discuss their new picture book Wake, and what it was like to collaborate as mother and daughter, on WVXU's "Around Cincinnati" with Barbara Gray.


Blue Manatee Press Migrates to New Location

Spring cleaning leaped to a whole new level this year as blue manatee press vacated their old workspace and moved to a new location just down the road. The move coincides with that of blue manatee children's bookstore, an affiliate and "sister business" of the press. The new offices are located at 3094 Madison Road #2A, Cincinnati, OH 45209.

Sleepy Solar System Wins Benjamin Franklin Award

Whimsical bedtime picture book Sleepy Solar System has been named a Gold Medal winner in the 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards! Written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko, the book follows the planets (plus a few other friends from our solar system) as they go about their bedtime routines: reading stories, washing dusty heads, and asking for one more hug and kiss! The book was also named a Foreword INDIES Finalist.


Dr. Hutton Publishes Op-Ed in U.S. News

blue manatee press founder and author Dr. John Hutton has published an op-ed in U.S. News & World Report on his use of MRI research to determine how reading aloud (from books, not tablets!) can make a tremendous impact on children's brain development.



Sleep Baby Safe and Snug Celebrates One Million Copies

Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug, created to benefit Charlie’s Kids Foundation, has now seen its one millionth copy distributed through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health. The Tennessee Department of Health was the first statewide initiative in the distribution of Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug, providing copies of the board book for each baby born in participating Tennessee hospitals in 2014. Their recent reorder sends the copies distributed past the one million mark.