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  • Five Key Learnings from A Personalized Book About Friendship and Bravery: The Grumpopotamus

    "The Grumpopotamus" is a heartwarming children's book that tells the tale of a famously grumpy creature and the efforts made by a child and a group of whimsical characters called the Manimals to bring him joy. Through friendship, laughter, and adventure, they embark on a quest to un-grump the Grumpopotamus, teaching valuable lessons about the power of friendship, overcoming grumpiness, and finding happiness in unexpected places. This personalized story captivates young readers as they see themselves as the hero, igniting their imagination and fostering important social and emotional skills along the way.

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Grumpo’s Gratitude Jar

    This year, let’s be grateful before we ask for more, 
    Even Grumpo’s got things to be thankful for!
    Make Grumpo's Gratitude Jar with these free printables and take turns picking out gratitude slips to read or save it to unearth and read next Thanksgiving! 
  • Kids read 'The Grumpopotamus' by Sue Donhym

    Meet the dreaded Grumpo’. Who will un-grump this fellow? Sign your child up for this venture, They'll set off on a great adventure! Listen as kids read out loud 'The Grumpopotamus' by Sue Donhym.