Sue's Blog

  • Manimal Tales Newsletter July 2022: New Personalized Book Titles

    Sue Donhym and her elves have been busy at work amazing creating new personalized books for you!

    • A beautifully illustrated (and personalized!) seek-and-find book featuring the KarmaChameleon
    • A magical and dreamy personalized bedtime story book for little children
    • An amazing A-B-C book with hilarious professions your child could grow up to be
    • Our new Happy Birthday and New Baby PhotoStory books, where you can add your own photos into the personalized books
  • ManimalTales Newsletter July 2022: Introducing PhotoStories

    PhotoStories are a great new way to personalize storybooks. Upload your own photos into our stories, and have them become part of an amazing book you can share with your loved ones. It's the future of personalized books, and we're super excited to be the first in the world to bring these to you! They're personalized picture books with photos!
  • Santa’s Christmas Elves: Their Names, History and More About Them

     I'm writing a personalized Christmas PhotoStory about your child and an elf named Jingles. That got me thinking about Christmas elves. What's the history behind the elves? How many elves are there? What are their names? We know so much about Santa's reindeer, but surprisingly little about the elves!

    Well not anymore!

  • Say ‘Hello’ to Photostories!

    PhotoStories are a great new way to personalize storybooks. Upload your own photos into our stories, and have them become part of an amazing book you can share with your loved ones. In other words, PhotoStories are delightful stories where you can insert your own photos into the books and have them be part of the story. It’s like a storybook and photo album all rolled into one, and a great way to capture and share memories with your kids.
  • April Fools!

      Happy April Fools Day! Even though we maybe slightly wish this were true. 
  • 10 best children’s books by African American Authors

    Even today, it can be hard to find children’s books with Black characters, or by Black authors. Children deserve to see themselves in popular media, including books, cartoons, and movies. While topics, characters, and stories are getting more inclusive, diverse, and mainstream, we still have a long way to go before representation is equal. So in honor of Black History Month in February, we thought we’d list out our top ten favorites!
  • The Best Children’s Books of 2021

    For all the uncertainties 2021 posed, there were at least some highlights - like these amazing kids’ books that came out during the year. What’s more - some of them actually help your kids deal with things in the past year. Take a look at some of our favorites that made the list for the top ten children’s books of 2021. 
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Future of the COP26

    If you’re just catching up with the events of the week, the COP26 is finally wrapping up today. On the off-chance, you missed all the important updates and pledges to fight climate change, here’s a quick round-up of some things that happened at the conference.

  • Halloween Games For Toddlers

    If you’re looking for last-minute Halloween games for toddlers - you’re in the right place! We know trying to find a way to keep little monsters (a.k.a toddlers) busy can be quite a daunting task. But look no further - here are eight games that are great for toddlers for Halloween. 
  • The Best Halloween Books for Kids

    Spooky season is just around the corner! The sheer number of Halloween books out there for kids astonished me. There’s plenty to choose from to introduce your little one to the magic of Halloween, or to help them feel a little less scared of monsters! Here are some of our other favorites.

  • The Best Personalized Gifts for a Baby Shower

    Is it just me, or did 2020 seem like a never-ending stream of pregnancy announcements and baby showers? Even though birth numbers did decline from 2019, there still seemed to be an endless string of virtual baby showers to attend. The usual conundrum on what to get for the parents-to-be, or the new baby is less problematic because most parents sign up for a registry. While buying gifts from the registry is easy, it’s also boring. If you’re looking to get something a little extra special for the next baby shower - this list of personalized baby shower gifts is a great place to start! 

  • The Best Children’s Books For Back to School

    It’s almost time for school again - and you might be wondering if there’s some way to ease the transition for your kid! Going back to school after the summer is never easy - some kids don’t want to leave their parents, some may find it difficult to make friends, and some just don’t cope well with change. Whatever the reason, the pandemic has definitely not helped make things any easier. While there’s not too much we can do to make the situation easier, we can definitely help our little ones be a little more prepared for what lies ahead. This is our list of our eight favorite back to school books that you can read with your little ones.