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  • Manimal Tales now offers Custom Dedications!

    Our personalized books are now even more personalized. Add a custom dedication to any book that you buy for free. Here’s how you can do it in 5 easy steps!
  • Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? A Perspective Based on The ZooKeeper (our newest personalized tale!)

    In the past decade, there has been an increasing outcry against zoos and the conditions of animals that live in them. 

    In this blog, we’re taking a look at the top reasons animals should not be kept in zoos, based on the arguments made in The ZooKeeper book! 

  • Eight Children’s Book Companies that Donate to Social Causes

    Many children around the world either don’t know how to read, or don’t have access to a lot of children’s books. That’s not fair and companies around the world are beginning to realize this. So here is a list of our favourite book companies that donate to social causes - some of which help children in their reading endeavors, and some of which give back to the world in other ways when you buy a book!
  • 6 books that can help you teach your kids how to be an ally

    Teaching children to be allies (someone who stands with and speaks up for minorities and discriminated communities) can be a difficult topic to broach or explain, especially to younger children. A great way to introduce them to this is to use books. The following list of children’s books tactfully broach difficult topics like racism, privilege, slavery, the LGBTQIA community, and more. So grab these for your kids and get reading!

  • The Story Behind Your Baby’s Story

    Most authors document their personal experiences and put them in their books; in my case, it was the reverse: I wanted to write the books as a forcing mechanism to document my experiences with my child. 
  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from Manimal Tales

    There’s no feeling like curling up on your couch to re-read your favorite children’s books. I used to think it was their familiarity that lent itself to the warm, fuzzy feeling I got from them. I’ve only recently realized that what I love about them is the author’s way of making huge lessons fit into the simplest of situations. here are my top ten favorite quotes from Manimal Tales that lend themselves to great life lessons.
  • Allie and the ZooKeeper

    THE ZOOKEEPER - A brand new Manimal Tale where your child and the Manimal crew plan a heist to get Dandylion out of the Zoo and away from the clutches of the horrid Zookeeper. Coming soon - read the whole story!
  • Six lessons from The Grumpopotamus

    The Grupopotamus follows the story of a Hooman child (your child!) and Anonymouse, as they try their best to un-grump the Grumpopotamus - a truly terribly grumpy fellow whose presence makes the rest of the Manimals grumpy and mean as well. The Grumpopotamus teaches children (and adults!) about so many different aspects of the human condition. It’s a personalized book with a lot of heart, and has great lessons for kids. Here are six (of the many!) lessons that The Grumpopotamus teaches us.

  • Seven Child Heroes We Respect (Don’t Forget to Check out #7!)

    We started the #DearOrangeyTan hashtag when we heard from a few mothers who’d read our books. They had stories of kids rising above the hatred that followed people of color in America under Orangey-Tan. Although it broke our hearts to see the world we had made for our kids, we realized that there’s no better way to criticize this abomination than through the innocence of a child. Honestly, they’re way better leaders than we could ever hope to be. That got us thinking about our favorite child heroes and here’s what we came up with!
  • A list of 10 of the most interesting personalized gifts for adults

    Personalization used to just mean putting a name on a pen or a notebook, but now there are many more interesting ways to personalize gifts - and many more kinds of gifts you can get that are personalized. We scoured the internet for some of the more unconventional personalized gifts you could get your loved one. Here are the top ten we found.
  • A Timeline of The Trump Presidency, as told by Orangey-Tan Posts

    Since Trump’s ruinous reign is at an end, we thought it might be a good time to look back at some of the bigliest moments through the eyes of our very own Orangey-Tan posts!
  • The Best Trump Parody Children's Books: Understanding Trumpiness Through The Eyes of Children’s Books

    I started writing this blog before the recently attempted ‘coup’, in which Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, disrupted the election certification process and ripped a gaping hole in th...