author/illustrator Laurie Keller
Sep
30
1:30 PM13:30

author/illustrator Laurie Keller

Author and illustrator Laurie Keller will share and sign her newest book, Potato Pants! at this author event guaranteed to delight children of all ages!

In Potato Pants!, a potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants. This is a hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by bestselling, Geisel-Award winning creator Laurie Keller. 

With pre-order of the book, you will receive a potato to decorate and mail to a special loved one at a special VIP (very important potato) event before the signing. 

Other books by the author, including The Scrambled States of AmericaBirdie's Smile Book, and We Are Growing! A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, will be available for purchase and signing prior to and at the event.

Line numbers will be given with purchase of Potato Pants!. Please bring no more than two books from home for the author to sign. 

 

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Rooted Kids
Oct
3
4:30 PM16:30

Rooted Kids

Join us for an hour of healthful education featuring a blindfold juice taste test and trail mix making activity brought to you by Rooted Juicery + Kitchen! In addition to a food themed story time, we will learn about how fun trying new things can be and how to know which foods will give you fuel for fun!

• ages 5-8
• $5 per child
• pre-registration required, as space is limited

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School of Rock demo class
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

School of Rock demo class

We're getting some new neighbors over in Madisonville, and we're helping welcome the School of Rock by showing our manaTots how to shake, rattle, and roll by offering a free demo class!

Just go to cincinnati.schoolofrock.com and sign up for a free trial lesson!

About Little Wing: Little Wing is School of Rock's music program designed for our youngest students (mainly 3 to 5-year-olds). This music program for toddlers and preschoolers features a special curriculum where students play games and participate in other interactive activities to help them internalize the foundational skills they will use as their musical abilities grow. Little Wing students have one weekly group lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody, and dynamics through play.

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Read to a therapy pet
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Read to a therapy pet

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati will be in the store for customers of all ages to read to and pet! This is a fantastic way for kids to practice their reading skills with a sweet, nonjudgmental listener!

For non-readers, one of our booksellers will share a few animal books so you can hang out with an animal and hear a great story. 

Free event, just sign up for a time slot to read to a dog when you get to the store! 

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Alex Beard signs "The Lying King"
Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Alex Beard signs "The Lying King"

Meet author and illustrator Alex Beard as he reads and signs his latest book, The Lying King
This new installment of Beard's "Tales from the Watering Hole" series is a timeless story about a warthog who wants to be king of the jungle and lies his way to the throne.

Copies of The Lying King are available now at blue manatee, and we will have copies of the complete "Tales from the Watering Hole" series available at and before this event!

• This event is free, and open to the public.

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"Count the Wings" signing
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

"Count the Wings" signing

Author Michelle Houts will be visiting blue manatee to discuss and sign her book, Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper. 
Count the Wings is the first book for middle-grade readers about influential Cincinnati artist Charley Harper’s life and work. Author Michelle Houts worked closely with the Harper estate to include full-color illustrations, plentiful supplemental materials, and discussion questions that will intrigue and engage young readers.
Joining Michelle Houts at this event will be Brett Harper, an accomplish artist and son of Charley Harper. 

This event is open to the public. 
Copies of Count the Wings, and other fantastic titles by Michelle Houts, will be available for purchase and signing. 

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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown" Release Party
Oct
30
4:30 PM16:30

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown" Release Party

Celebrate the release of The Meltdown, the 13th book in the beloved and bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series with blue manatee! We'll have a snack, play some games, and each participant will leave with some Diary of a Wimpy Kid goodies as well as their pre-ordered copy of The Meltdown. 

• Registration is required, as space is limited
• This event is free with pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown, or $6 per child
• Register online at bluemanateebooks.com
• Jeff Kinney (the author) will NOT be present at this event



About Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

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