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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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!