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  • Fun(ny) things kids want to grow up to be

    The majority of kids want to become what most adults think they would: doctors, vets, firefighters, police officers, engineers, teachers, athletes, and astronauts.

    Thankfully though, there are a lot of kids who are happy to break the mold and want ideal careers that are quite simply wonderful. Read some of the (very real) responses from kids.

  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • 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...