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A Day With Monster

What does Monster do all day? Find out as we follow him from morning to bedtime! A companion to Cheer Up, Monster!, this fun and funny book perfect for little hands uses bright photographs of hand-felted objects (and monsters!) to show the way.… read more »

ADH-Me!

Written by a pediatrician and health literacy expert, ADH-Me! is an empathetic journey from the perspective of a child learning to live and succeed with ADHD. An accessible, rhyming narrative and inviting illustrations help families know what to expect from diagnosis through stages of treatment, while reminding all readers that love and support are the surest means to a happy ending.… read more »

Baby Unplugged series

Curriculum? Imagination. Batteries? Nope. Learning? Lots! Children need and learn best through real experiences, real people, and exploring the real world. Baby Unplugged is a celebration of timeless childhood experiences and icons – blankets, yards, pets, books, blocks – each a catalyst for togetherness, rooted in how developing brains work. They are reassurance that “old-school” is not only OK, but the best school there is. Technology can wait. Unplug, tune in, and have… read more »

Black & White Nighty-Night

This unique concept book combines the ever-popular bedtime nursery rhyme with contemporary high-contrast illustrations, specifically designed with babies in mind. The youngest readers and their families will delight in the gentle story of an owl saying goodnight to barnyard friends as they snuggle into bed. Bold, black-and-white illustrations will capture babies' interest, as the soothing rhymes lull them to sleep.… read more »

Bunnies Near and Far

Farmer Bo wants to know where his bunnies are. Some are near, some are far, some are walking and some in a car, but all are as cute as can be! Little ones will learn counting and opposites in this fun tale of bunnies on the go. Part of the RoyGBaby series.… read more »

Cheer Up, Monster!

Monster is sad. I wonder what will cheer him up? Does he want a carrot? A box? His blanket? Or something even more special? Find out in this simple, fun story, told through real photographs of hand-felted objects.… read more »

Hungry Henry

A read-aloud, fictional story with photographs of real food designed to look like friendly animals offers young readers a fun way to recognize and enjoy healthy foods! Join Henry on an imaginative dreamland adventure as he meets a blueberry sheep, a waffle turtle, and more. With each turn of the page, Henry grows hungrier and hungrier. Will he wake up to the breakfast of his dreams? Find out in this charming tale of healthy, playful food creations—perfect for inspiring nutritious choices t… read more »

I See, You See: Day

Visit moments of baby's day from sun up to sun down, like a stroll in the park, bath time, and more! Children and their grownups alike will enjoy spotting the three hidden objects on each page of baby's day. High-contrast, cut-paper illustrations are perfect for babies' developing eyes in this engaging seek-and-find.… read more »

I Want to Be a Drummer!

Perfect for children who show an interest in music and instruments from an early age! Daniel wants to be a drummer, but he doesn't have any drums. Follow along as he finds the musicality in everyday objects he discovers right at home, then have fun creating your very own drum set, sounds, and rhythms! A fun reminder that the joy of making music can be found anywhere.… read more »

Letters Are For Learning

In this fantastic concept book, perfect for building early literacy skills and a fun addition to a child’s first library, the alphabet is introduced through bright and clever illustrations of animals and actions. From an anteater adding ants on an abacus to a chef-capped crab cooking chicken, these alliterative animals are sure to prove just how very voweluable learning the alphabet can be!… read more »

Lloyd Llama

Lloyd Llama loves many things: lollipops, spelling, cello, and the color yellow—anything with a double L, really! Will he ever learn to get along with his new classmate Al Alpaca, who has an affinity for all things beginning with the letter A, like apples, art, and air guitar? The two characters settle their differences with the help of their favorite letters in this alliterative adventure.… read more »

Love Baby Healthy series

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. Love Baby Healthy seeks to redefine how such information is shared, especially in at-risk, culturally diverse populations. We seek partnerships with public health, pediatric, and other non-profit advocacy organizations, to help ensure that the story for all… read more »

Orange, Triangle, Fox

Colors, shapes, critters... three concepts in one make learning fun! Watch colorful native forest animals including red square owl and yellow star frog take shape, teaching basic concepts simultaneously. Rich, sweet watercolor illustrations are a delight for sharing over and over again. Part of the RoyGBaby series. * Recipient of a Publisher's Weekly STARRED REVIEW (2014):  "In this triple threat (at least as far as concept books go), Cincinnati-based author/artist Jones makes a strong debu… read more »

Ready For Weather

What's the weather like today? Will you need rain boots, a hat, or gloves? Through rainbow color-coordinated pages, young readers will learn to be prepared for all kinds of weather in this newest addition to Sarah Jones's charming ROYGBaby board book series.… read more »

Shark Girl and Belly Button

Shark Girl sees the world in a worried way; Belly Button is more buoyant. Together, they share five "trifles"—light and fluffy or of little importance, depending on one's perspective: writing a letter, making paper dolls, going to a party and the playground, and appreciating the value of things, most especially their friendship.… read more »

Sherm the Germ

Baby's perfect day of play is interrupted by an unwelcome, microbial visitor - the diabolical, yet somehow lovable, Sherm the Germ! Written by pediatrician and health literacy expert Dr. John Hutton, and brought to life through playful - if contagious - illustrations, this fun, rhyming book describes the stages of becoming sick and then all-better.… read more »

Sleepy Bee

Sleepy Bee greets her day with a yawn - so much to do! From sunrise to sunset, she visits fields of strawberries, broccoli, apples, and more, gathering nectar and pollen for her brood. A gentle, rhyming read-aloud with beautiful, full-color, cut paper illustrations connecting flower to food, showing how so much of what we eat is made possible by these amazing, hard-working (sometimes sleepy) friends.… read more »

Sleepy Solar System

Join the planets (and a few friends!) as they settle down into bedtime routines: brushing teeth, reading stories, and asking for one more hug and kiss. Includes a distance chart and "Did You Know?" section featuring facts about our solar system. Rhyming text and whimsical illustrations provide an enchanting read-aloud celebrating the wonders of outer space. Sleepy Solar System is certain to send the imagination soaring!… read more »

Toast to Counting

There are lots of ways to make a friend. What better way than by making toast? First in the Toast to Baby™ series from an award-winning pair of artists. Bright, colorful images of kilnformed glass that look good enough to eat introduce sequencing, counting, and creativity in an innovative and whimsical way. Breakfast was never so beautiful—or fun!… read more »

Toast to Family

"Father Toast, Mother Toast. Sister Toast, Brother Toast." From the award-winning Toast to Baby series, attend a family reunion (including pets!) via vibrant images of kiln-formed glass that look good enough to eat. Young readers will love the bold, funny faces, learn about families, and maybe recognize a few characters. What better activity afterward than to try making some at home - delicious!… read more »

Toast to Feelings

"Happy Toast, Sad Toast, Sweet Toast, Mad Toast..."  From the award-winning Toast to Baby™ series, vibrant images of kiln-formed glass that look good enough to eat convey feelings in an fun new way.  Young readers will love the bold, funny faces, relating to the delicious emotions they convey.… read more »

Walter's Wheels

"This is Walter. He likes wheels. I wonder what his day reveals..." Join Walter the cat as he goes on an imaginative adventure, exploring all the things that move and go: cars, trucks, trains, and more. Bold, colorful, exquisitely detailed illustrations made from art clay are perfect for inspiring creative play.… read more »

When We Are Quiet

A calming bedtime book that provides simple steps to help families enjoy the silence. Rooted in the City Silence Project's mission of slowing down the world, turning off our digital devices, and turning on our capacity for stillness, wonder, and creativity, this calming board book is designed to help families rediscover the gentle quiet and its soothing benefits.… read more »

Words For Me!

An old-school word book for the modern baby, Words for Me! is perfect for engaging growing minds. Point and say with baby to learn words from baby's world—animals, vehicles, food, family, and more! The latest from Sarah Jones's ROYGBaby board book series, Words for Me! is a must-have bookshelf staple for beginning libraries.… read more »

Your Red Shoes

Winner of a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. From wobbly first steps, to exploring the yard, playing in the park, and the day when that first pair of shoes no longer fits, this lyrical story pays tribute to the simple joys of growing up.  Dreamy watercolors and rhythmic text evoke nostalgic memories of the fleeting, magical journey uniting parent and child - was it yesterday or long ago? - on a path promising adventure, independence, and unconditional, enduring love. An id… read more »