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; 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006.

-Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop-
Cincinnati Magazine; December, 2008.

- "Your Hometown Favorite" -
The Cincinnati Enquirer; June, 2007.

-Best Children's Bookstore-
Cincinnati Family Magazine; 2010, 2007.

-"Best of the City"- Best Kids' Books-
Cincinnati Magazine;  2006

-Best Preschool Story Time-
Cincinnati Family Magazine;  2005

- 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.  

- The Reading Tub Author Showcase - a great interview with Dr. John on this cool children's literature blog, showcasing his Baby Unplugged series from blue manatee press.

- "Unplug the Kids" - A great feature on the store, its owner, and its mission, in the Cincinnati Enquirer Health section, 2011.  Read it (pdf): Part 1  Part 2.

- blue manatee profiled in "Spotlight on an Indie," in Random Acts of Reading, 2011.

- "Doctor, bookseller uses shop to launch 'Unplugged' series." Cincinnati Business Courier, 2012.

- Some nice customer Yelps!

- A great mention in Publishers Weekly for "Baby Unplugged" a new board book series from blue manatee press, 2011.

- 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

- Not an award, but a cool article about our owner, Cincinnati Profile Magazine, 2010.

- blue manatee goes national for readingUSA Today, 2008.

Couple Reviving Blue Marble - an account of the store's near-demise and revival.

The Cincinnati Enquirer; 2002.