Mark your calendars for these special events coming soon to blue manatee! Spread the word and bring the whole herd!

Doughnut Day Party!

Fri. June 2nd @ 4pm

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with stories, a fun doughnut craft, and a tasty treat!

• Ages 3 and up
• $5 per child
• Pre-registration is required, as space is limited
• Stop by or call 513.731.2665 to register for this event

Grand Opening!

Sun. June 4th

blue manatee is ready to show off the new store at 3094 Madison Road, and
we’re holding special events all day! Our schedule of events:
Stories and songs with Miss Sarah at 11am
A musical and storytelling performance by April Eight at 1pm
A special make a mess with Miss Kelli at 3pm!

We'll also have balloons, raffles, and giveaways throughout the day!

COST: free (please sign up for make a mess in the store!)

AGES: all ages!

make a mess at the manatee

Mon. June 5th @ 10am

Join Ms. Anne to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child's creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child.
This month's book: "Bark, George" by Jules Feiffer

-$10/child, ages 2-4
Register your 2-4 year old by calling 731.2665, or by stopping by the store. Please register by the Friday before the make a mess you would like to attend.


Tue. June 6th @ 10am

Starting in June, Miss Sarah and her guitar will be next door at the Oakley Sleepy Bee on Tuesday mornings at 10!

Migrate over for stories, songs, and silliness! 

Lunch with the Taco Dragon!

Thu. June 8th @ 12:30pm

Join us for a fun and tasty Taco Party with the Taco Dragon, the star of the Dragons Love Tacos books! Our friends at Sleepy Bee Café will provide all the delicious ingredients for a taco lunch, and the folks from blue manatee will bring stories, songs, and more fun! 
Cost: $10/person
Ages: 3 and up (high chairs will not be available at Brazee Street Studios) 
Tickets are required for this event, and are limited. Purchase event tickets at blue manatee children's bookstore, or reserve them by calling 513.731.2665.

Meet the Taco Dragon!

Thu. June 8th @ 4:30pm

Meet one of the dragons from the bestselling DRAGONS LOVE TACOS series!

This special event will feature stories, a few songs, and an opportunity to take a picture with the
Taco Dragon!
This FREE costumed character event will take place at Brazee Street Studios in Oakley. Line numbers will be given to families upon arrival. To get one of the first 30 "friend of the manatee" line numbers, click here! 
-Most appropriate for ages 2 and up

Story time with Author Tom Booth!

Fri. June 9th @ 10am

Author and Illustrator Tom Booth will share his newest book, DON’T BLINK with our friends at blue manatee. This interactive picture book will delight young readers with adorable illustrations, and also challenge them to a staring contest!
DON’T BLINK comes out on June 5th, but you can pre-order a copy by calling 731.2665, stopping by the store, or clicking here! 

14 Hollow Road Release party and signing!

Tue. June 13th @ 6:30pm

Celebrate the release of 14 HOLLOW ROAD, a new middle grade author at a late(r) night at blue manatee! Author and new Cincinnatian Jenn Bishop will read and discuss her newest novel for middle-grade readers.
This warm coming-of- age novel about a community banding together in the wake of a tornado officially releases on June 13th, so pre-order a copy of 14 HOLLOW ROAD by calling 731.2665, stopping by the store, or on our website!
-Free author event
-Book and event most appropriate for ages 8 and up

Father's Day Fun!

Sun. June 18th @ 2pm

Bring your best grownup dude for Father's Day stories and to build and decorate a birdhouse!

• $8 per child
• Ages 4 and up
• Pre-registration is required, as space is limited
• Stop by the store or call 513.731.2665 to register for this event

Story time with author Sally Derby!

Thu. June 29th @ 10am

Meet author Sally Derby as she reads and signs her newest picture book, A NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

In a unique narrative, readers meet a diverse group of six children ranging in age from Kindergarten through fifth grade. With nerves and excitement each child gears up for a new school year by hustling in the morning, meeting new teachers and new classmates during the day, and heading home with homework and relief by day’s end.

-Reserve a copy of A NEW SCHOOL YEAR by calling 513.731.2665 or stopping by blue manatee, or by pre-ordering right here on our site!
-Free, all ages author event

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