story time with Carol McCloud
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

story time with Carol McCloud

Twelve years ago, Carol McCloud wrote her first children’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket
Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
. Carol never would have dreamed this now best-
selling, award-winning book would introduce millions of people around the world to the
concept of bucket filling. In her newest book, Buckets, Dippers and Lids: Secrets to Your
Happiness
, bucket filling is taken a step further by introducing the idea that, in addition to an
invisible bucket and dipper, everyone also has an invisible lid.

In this fun, family-friendly event, author Carol McCloud will read and discuss her newest book using fun songs and role plays. Immediately following, Carol will be answering all your bucketfilling questions!

View Event →

Thane Maynard signs "Saving Fiona"
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Thane Maynard signs "Saving Fiona"

Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, will be at blue manatee to sign and discuss his new book, Saving Fiona:  The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo.

Saving Fiona recounts the story of Fiona, a baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, the team of scientists and caregivers who nursed her to health, and the vast community in Cincinnati and beyond who rallied around her. Includes full-color behind-the-scenes photographs throughout.

Saving Fiona is a nonfiction book for ages 4-7 (and Fiona lovers of all ages)

• Because of the popularity of Fiona and Mr. Maynard, tickets are required for this event. 
• Tickets to this event will be given to those who pre-order books.


 

View Event →
author Jonathan Voss
Jun
13
10:45 AM10:45

author Jonathan Voss

BraveEnoughForTwo.jpg

Meet author and illustrator Jonathan Voss during this special story time! 
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to hear the new picture book, Brave Enough for Two, about a little girl, her stuffed-animal owl, and their loving friendship.

• Free event for all ages
• Copies of Brave Enough for Two will be available at blue manatee on June 12th, and can be pre-ordered.

View Event →
Author and Illustrator Will Hillenbrand
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Author and Illustrator Will Hillenbrand

Author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand will be at blue manatee to share his newest books, I'm a Duck and First Star: A Bear and Mole Story! A long-time friend of our store, Will has illustrated and written over 65 books for young readers and their families! 

• A book signing will follow the story time

• Line numbers will be given with purchase of I'm a Duck and/or First Star: A Bear and Mole Story
• Free event for readers of all ages

View Event →
Story time with author Julie Fogliano
May
8
2:30 PM14:30

Story time with author Julie Fogliano

blue manatee welcomes author Julie Fogliano for a special afternoon story time! 

Ms. Fogliano is the author of many beloved picture books, including And Then It's SpringWhen's My Birthday?, and If You Want to See a Whale

Her new book, A House That Once Was, releases on May 1st. Featuring illustrations by another blue manatee favorite, Lane Smith, this picture book tells a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there.

For this special event, the author will read A House That Once Was as well as some of her other picture books, and our staff will facilitate a collaborative house-building craft! 

Ms. Fogliano will also happily autograph books.

• Free author event for all ages
• You can pre-order this picture book on our website, and we'd be happy to hold an autographed copy for you. 

View Event →
author and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler
May
5
2:30 PM14:30

author and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler

 

Author and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler will read and sign his new book, "George the Hero Hound."

About the book:
George is a good ol’ hound dog. He helps Farmer Fritz with the chores and—most important of all—he keeps those sneaky cows out of the cornfield.
Then Farmer Fritz moves away, and a new family from the city moves in. The Gladstones have a lot to learn. George tries to help, but they don’t understand his job on the farm…until the day little Olive goes missing, and George shows everyone what it means to be a hero hound!
 

View Event →
afternoon story time with Timothy Young
May
2
4:00 PM16:00

afternoon story time with Timothy Young

Join as we welcome author and illustrator Timothy Young!
Mr. Young will read from his books, answer questions, and sign copies of his books, which include his most recent picture book, I’m Going To Outer Space! 

• Free event, all ages welcome!

About I’m Going To Outer Space! 
It's almost time for bed, but Luis is staring out the window at the starry sky. Any minute now, he's expecting a space ship to pick him up and whisk him to outer space. While he waits, he imagines the strange creatures he'll encounter. Will he find a robot friend? Will he get to fly though space with a rocket-pack? Will he meet...aliens? Get lost in outer space as you pore over pages filled with dozens and dozens of robots and aliens (some new and some that might be familiar). Join Luis to find out all the incredible things he expects to see and do on his daring journey to a distant planet.
Perfect for ages 5-8.

View Event →
brian wray signs "unraveling rose"
Mar
19
4:00 PM16:00

brian wray signs "unraveling rose"

Author Brian Wray will be at blue manatee for a special afternoon story time to share his book, Unraveling Rose. A craft will follow the reading.
Unraveling Rose is a picture book that tells the story of a pink stuffed bunny who just can't forget the loose string hanging from her arm. The story offers a great way for parents and teachers to talk to children about what happens when impulsive and obsessive thoughts get in the way of enjoying everyday life, and what to do about it.

• Free event
• No registration required
• Copies of Unraveling Rose are available at blue manatee

View Event →
Sarah Cannon signs ODDITY
Jan
21
2:00 PM14:00

Sarah Cannon signs ODDITY

Meet author Sarah Cannon, who will discuss and sign Oddity, her new book for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12). 

Oddity releases on November 28th, and copies of the book will be available at blue manatee and here on our website!

About Oddity:
Welcome to Oddity, New Mexico, where normal is odd and odd is normal.
Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, and instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven’t been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town’s yearly Sweepstakes and disappeared . . .
Along with her best friend, Raymond, and new-kid-from-Chicago Cayden (whose inability to accept being locked in the gym with live leopards is honestly quite laughable), Ada leads a self-given quest to discover Oddity’s secrets, even evading the invisible Blurmonster terrorizing the outskirts of town.
But one of their missions goes sideways, revealing something hinky with the Sweepstakes . . . and Ada can’t let it go. Because, if the Sweepstakes is bad, then what happened to Pearl?

  •  
View Event →
story time with author Marcie Colleen
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

story time with author Marcie Colleen

  • blue manatee children's bookstore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Marcie Colleen, author of LOVE, TRIANGLE will be joining Miss Sarah at manaTots! LOVE, TRIANGLE is a hilariously clever geometry-inspired picture book from acclaimed author Marcie Colleen and popular illustrator Bob Shea. 
Marcie Colleen has been a teacher, an actress, and a nanny, but now she spends her days writing children’s books, including the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS series. Visit her online at www.thisismarciecolleen.com

• A signing will follow this story time
• LOVE, TRIANGLE and the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS series are available now at blue manatee! 

Love Triangle.jpg
View Event →
Kristi Wientge presents Karma Khullar's Mustache
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Kristi Wientge presents Karma Khullar's Mustache

Join us as author Kristi Wientge presents her debut novel for middle grade readers, Karma Khullar's Mustache. 
This event is free and open to the public. 
Copies of Karma Khullar's Mustache are now available at blue manatee. 

About the book: 
Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or the fact that her home life is shaken up by the death of her dadima. Or even that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent, leading her mother to spend most of her time at work. But because she’s realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip.
With everyone around her focused on other things, Karma is left to figure out what to make of her terrifyingly hairy surprise all on her own.

Karma Khular's Mustache.jpg
View Event →
Jacob Grant
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Jacob Grant

  • blue manatee children's bookstore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jacob Grant, author and illustrator of CAT KNIT and LITTLE BIRD'S BAD WORD will be at blue manatee for a special story time to introduce his newest book, THROUGH WITH THE ZOO. This new picture book, which releases on November 14th, is the story of a goat who lives in a petting zoo, but dreams of some personal space.

• This event is free for all ages!

throughwiththezoo.jpg
View Event →