Please note that we will be closed beginning Monday, March 13th to move to our new space. Check back for updates on our grand reopening in April!


To our friends and customers:

After 28 amazing years in our beloved literary ecosystem, the time for change has arrived. Faced with the ever-challenging ecology of brick-and-mortar book selling, we must adapt and evolve. We are grateful to our loyal customers for your positive energies, story time zeal, and support of independent businesses that make communities like Oakley special. Without you, our mission to provide a sanctuary of imagination and togetherness for children and families celebrating the ritual of reading would not be possible. It is this mission that inspired my wife Sandy and me to revive and reinvent the former Blue Marble in 2001, and fueled by the same passion we will do so again, joined by an amazing and dedicated team of booksellers and ManaTeers, many of whom have been with us through changes massive and mini.

And so...with a combination of ennui and excitement, we officially announce that blue manatee is not closing, but moving! Like our role models, real manatees, the move is mellow, literally just upriver, to a brand new building at 3094 Madison, next to our friends at Sleepy Bee Cafe. In this reimagined space, we plan to redouble our focus on providing the best in children's books hand-picked by experts in children's literature and early brain development, hands-on "unplugged" toys and creative/cuddly things, in a truly unique, magical space for children and their grownups. Given a smaller footprint, events will be meaningful and energized yet intimate (some involving delicious food nearby), and in collaboration with community partners.

We appreciate your support and positivity during this difficult process, and look forward to adventures and successes to come. We also express a most heartfelt thank you to our neighbors on Kids Row, especially our longtime, kindly landlord, the Aglamesis family. We will miss you! Questions are welcome at contact@bluemanateebooks.com, and again, thank you for supporting independent bookstores and the mission of shared reading.

Dr. John Hutton, ManateeMD

P.S. Yes, we will be preserving the autograph walls. :)


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NEW manatee story time!

Sun. April 9th @ 2pm

Celebrate our new store with stories and songs with friends from the blue manatee team, dress up a manatee of your own, and take home a blue manatee balloon!

Free, all ages event

Meet the Pout Pout Fish!

Tue. April 11th @ 4:30pm

Meet the Pout Pout Fish at the new blue manatee space at 3094 Madison Road!
This special event will feature stories, a few songs, and an opportunity to take a picture with the Pout Pout Fish, the star of the popular picture book series by Deborah Diesen!

• This is a free, costumed character event
• Suitable for ages 2 and up
• No registration is required!

blue manatee presents Barry Lyga at Sleepy Bee!

Tue. April 18th @ 6:30pm

Grab a coffee and a snack and spend the evening with author Barry Lyga at Sleepy Bee!
The young adult novelist will be discussing his newest book, "Bang!"

•Line numbers will be given with the purchase of the book
•A variety of books by the author will be available at the event
•To reserve copies of the book, call blue manatee at 513.731.2665

Signing with Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Wed. April 26th @ 4:30pm

Meet author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman as she celebrates the release of her newest book, "The Unbreakable Code." The second book in the "Book Scavenger" series takes a group of sleuthing friends on quite an adventure!

•The Unbreakable Code will be available to preorder, and officially releases on April 25th.
•Line numbers will be given with purchase of the book
•Call 513.731.2665 or stop by our new location at 3094 Madison Road to reserve your copy!


It's Time for the 2017 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards!

Sun. May 7th

Children's Book Week is May 1-7 and voting for the 10thannual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards is underway right now (until May 7!).  Want to make your voices heard?  Click here to make that happen!  The Children’s Choice Book Awards are THE only national book awards voted on just by kids! We can't wait to see what great title will win in each category.  Have fun!