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  • 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.

  • The Best Personalized Children's Books for 2-4 Year Olds

    Personalized books are a joy for any child - the excitement of seeing themselves in a book cannot be understated. Personalized children’s books are also a great way for representation. Not for nothing do we believe that every parent should strive to “make your child the hero” (ahem, it’s our tagline here at Manimal Tales). Emille Buchwald, a writer once said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” - so why not start them young? We’ve made a list of eight personalized books that are great for young children, from about the age of two to four. 
  • Best Children's Books for the Summer

    Summer is one of the happiest times for a kid - no school, lots of fun and the outdoors. This year, however, things are bound to be a little different. As heat waves across the country make it hard to go out, and the threat of the delta variant still looms, this might be the perfect summer to immerse your kid in the wonderful ways that books can transport you to a different time and place! 

    To help you get started, we’ve included a list of eight summer themed children’s books for your child (There’s also links to lists of more if you blaze through these!).

  • How Father’s Day came to be - A brief history

    Last month, we took a little bit of a deep dive into the history of Mother’s day and how it came into being. Since Father’s day is this weekend,  we thought it would be interesting to take a look into the history of father’s day and how it became the widely celebrated holiday it is today. 
  • 8 children’s books that are perfect for Pride Month (and lists of more)

    June is pride month! What better time to dive into a list of our favorite children’s books that do a great job of including LGBTQ+ characters, and retelling the history of the fight for civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Here are our eight choices!
  • Our Favorite Children’s Books That Help Them Talk About Their Emotions and Mental Health

    Children have big emotions, just like adults - a fact that often gets overlooked - but if they’re given the right tools to deal with these feelings, they’re more likely to develop into holistically healthy adults, and build good coping mechanisms. Here's ten of our favorite books that help kids talk about their feelings. 
  • Mother’s Day is NOT a Hallmark Holiday (or shouldn’t be!)

    Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May every year (in 2021 it’s on May 9th). Lots of people derogatorily refer to it as a “Hallmark Holiday” – something that was invented by companies such as Hallmark to sell more goods to consumers by tugging at their heartstrings - crass commercialism at its finest. But it didn't start out that way! 
  • Children’s books that are also a good read for adults

    A lot of children’s books have adults yawning way before their kids are. Most children’s books can be predictable, bland, and highly repetitive - which may be good for the kids, but to the adults , it feels like it’s the same story being told over and over again. The parents and caregivers almost always get the short end of the stick when it comes to reading them! So we’ve rounded up a list of seven children’s books that are also great to read as an adult: ones that either make us laugh, serve as an inspiration to awaken the magic in us, or at least remind us of an important lesson we might have forgotten. 
  • 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!