Awards and Hoorays
We are humbled to have received many accolades over the years. We are grateful for the support, and proud to represent and serve our wonderful community. It inspires us to keep getting better!
- Best Bookstore (non-chain):
Cincinnati City Beat, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006.
- 15 Most Kid-Friendly Bookstores: Red Tricycle, 2015.
- Dr. Toy Best Green Product award and Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award for blue manatee boxes, 2012.
- Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal and Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year for store owner Dr. John's Baby Unplugged book series, 2012
- Parents' Choice Approved Award for blue manatee boxes, 2012.
- Best Children's Bookstore: Cincinnati Family Magazine, 2010, 2007.
- "Your Hometown Favorite": The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2007.
- "Best of the City": Best Kids' Books - Cincinnati Magazine, 2006.
- Best Preschool Story Time: Cincinnati Family Magazine, 2005.
Other exciting news:
- A lovely spotlight in Cincinnati Parent, 2015.
- One of Cincinnati Magazine's 9 Great Local Bookstores, 2015.
- "Doctor, bookseller uses shop to launch 'Unplugged' series." Cincinnati Business Courier, 2012.
- blue manatee profiled in "Spotlight on an Indie," in Random Acts of Reading, 2011.
- Some nice customer Yelps!
- Not an award, but a cool article about our owner, Cincinnati Profile Magazine, 2010.
- Store Owner Dr. John featured alongside Jim Trelease in Cincinnati Family Magazine article about the importance of unplugging and reading together!
-A mention in design*sponge's Cincinnati Design Guide, 2008.
- blue manatee goes national for reading, USA Today, 2008.
- Couple Reviving Blue Marble - an account of the store's near-demise and revival, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 2002.