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 Beat2015, 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 BookstoreCincinnati Family Magazine2010, 2007.

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

- "Best of the City": Best Kids' Books - Cincinnati Magazine, 2006.

- Best Preschool Story TimeCincinnati Family Magazine, 2005.


Other exciting news:

- A lovely spotlight in Cincinnati Parent, 2015.

- One of Cincinnati Magazine's 9 Great Local Bookstores, 2015.

- 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.

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

- "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.

- Some nice customer Yelps!

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

- 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 readingUSA Today, 2008.

Couple Reviving Blue Marble - an account of the store's near-demise and revival, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 2002.