BMP Guest Post: Fall Sneak Peeks!

Hello ManaFriends!

We’re back from blue manatee press! If you’re new here, welcome!

blue manatee press is an independent children’s publishing imprint affiliated with (but distinct from) blue manatee children’s bookstore. This week, we wanted to give the readers of the blue manatee book blog a sneak peek at some lovely new children’s books that we’ll be releasing this fall, on September 6th. These books will take you everywhere from your own living room to the far reaches of outer space, with plenty of room in between for imagination and play!


Read on to find out more about the books (and possibly win some free copies—FREE BOOKS!). We’re really excited about this list, and hope you will be, too!

Board Books

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Hungry Henry, by Marla Osborn

Trust us when we say that this is not your average concept book! Follow Henry as he dreams of meeting animals made out of food—first a blueberry sheep, then a graham cracker moose, and more! While Henry is hand-drawn, the animals are all magnificently created out of real food that has been arranged and photographed in delicious detail. This book arrives just in time for back to school, offering creative snack and lunch ideas that will leave your kids begging for more!

See a full preview of Hungry Henry on our Pinterest page here. You can also enter to win a free advance copy on Goodreads.

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I Want to Be a Drummer! by Mark Powers,
illustrated by Maria Montag

Encourage and inspire your child’s musical side with this groovy board book. Daniel wants to be a drummer, but he doesn’t have any drums of his own, so he improvises using items he finds around the house. Full of fun onomatopoeia (aka, sound words) that make this book perfect for reading aloud, the story also promotes problem-solving and imaginative play.

Oh, and did we mention that Todd Sucherman (the drummer for Styx) loves this book?

How cool is that?!

If we’ve sufficiently piqued your interest, enter to win an advance copy of I Want to Be a Drummer! on Goodreads!

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When We Are Quiet by Stacy Sims,
illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

In our ever more fast-paced, plugged-in world, does anyone remember what it’s like to not feel busy? Rooted in the City Silence Project (founded by Sims) and its mission of slowing down the world, turning off our digital devices, and turning on our capacity for stillness, wonder, and creativity, this board book is an introduction to mindfulness for your youngest readers. Unwind before bed by sitting quietly together and listening, and see what sounds you can discover in the silence!

Lean more about the wonderful things the City Silence Project is doing here. And if you have a Goodreads account, why not enter to win a free copy of the book here?

Words For Me!

Words For Me! by Sarah Jones

We call this gem “an old-school word book for the modern baby.” The latest addition to Jones’s ROYGBaby series, this board book helps little ones recognize and name the objects in their world, from food to family to vehicles and more. But much like her other books, Jones puts her own spin on the text by including words that you might not see in a traditional word book. In addition to learning cat and ball, for example, readers will also encounter beet, harmonica, and oven mitt. It’s a must-have bookshelf staple for beginning libraries!

If this all sounds good to you, enter to win a free copy of Words For Me! on Goodreads!

Picture Books

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Sleepy Solar System by Dr. John Hutton, illustrated by Doug Cenko

Aspiring astronauts and space explorers, prepare to see the planets like you’ve never seen them before: getting ready for bed! Young readers will be amused and delighted to recognize parts of their own nighttime routines in those of the planets, as they read stories, put on pajamas, wash dusty heads, and ask for one more hug and kiss. For bonus reading, check out the distance chart and list of fun facts at the end to really send your imagination soaring!

See a full preview of Sleepy Solar System on our Pinterest page. And of course you could win a free copy in this Goodreads Giveaway!

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ADH-Me! by Dr. John Hutton, illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin

You read that right; Dr. John has TWO picture books releasing this fall! But this book has a more specific audience in mind: children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. With over 10 percent of U.S. children diagnosed each year (most before age 6), this book is an excellent resource for children just beginning the journey to successfully managing ADHD. Both empowering and empathetic, ADH-Me! includes additional resources to help educate families and give children the tools to succeed.

The giveaway for ADH-Me! has unfortunately ended. However, if you’re anxious to see the book before September 6th, stop by blue manatee children’s bookstore and check out their fall preview display!


That’s all we’ve got for today! We hope you enjoyed this preview and found a few books to add to your library. We can’t wait for the official release of the books on September 6th—just a couple weeks away!

Until next time!


One response to “BMP Guest Post: Fall Sneak Peeks!

  1. So awesome having my “Drummer” book be a part of blue manatee’s latest releases. Thank you, thank you for all of your incredible support, and the work you do for both readers and authors!

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