blue manatee press is affiliated with blue manatee children’s bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 2011, our mission is to create meaningful, enduring books that help bring grownups and children together. Led by a pediatrician, our team consists of experts in child development, fine art, and children’s literature, our laboratory an award-winning independent bookstore in business for over 20 years.
A major part of the blue manatee press mission is to create and distribute excellent children’s books that convey important, evidence-based health information for families of infants and young children in a readable, nurturing way. We seek partnerships with public health, pediatric, and other non-profit advocacy organizations, to help ensure that the story for all children is a happy and healthy one.
What people think about blue manatee press
“Cheers to these creatively playful books whose images and text are as vibrant as their mission–to encourage young minds and those who care for them to celebrate life’s simplest, healthiest and most essential loves: playing, connecting, learning and growing.” – Joanna Parzakonis – Co-Owner, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
“Long a local treasure, I am thrilled that Blue Manatee Press titles will be available in stores everywhere. The combination of a bookseller’s eye for quality and inventiveness and a pediatrician’s knowledge of childhood development, these books are perfect hand-sells in a sea of packaged titles.” – Michael Link, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
“I’m constantly convincing & reassuring customers that simple, non-electronic toys & books are good for kids, but many equate ‘techie’ with ‘smart’ and ‘better’ no matter what. Thanks for being a voice for the simple things.” – Holly, Thinker Toys, Morgan Hill