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  • April Fools! (Updated, July 2024)

      Happy April Fools Day! Even though we maybe slightly wish this were true. 
  • 10 best children’s books by African American Authors (Updated, May 2024)

    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 & 2024 and the Best-est Personalized Book! (Updated, May 2024)

    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.

  • The Best Personalized Gifts for a Baby Shower (Updated, May 2024)

    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! Personalized books and more! (Updated, May 2024)

    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!
    Updated as of May 2024

    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 2024 (Updated, May 2024)

    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!).

  • 8 children’s books that are perfect for Pride Month (and lists of more) (Updated, May 2024)

    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. 
  • Children’s books that are also a good read for adults (Updated, May 2024)

    Personalized books are a fantastic way to engage young readers by putting them at the center of the story. These books not only captivate children but also make for delightful reading experiences for adults. Children's books often include meaningful lessons and charming narratives that resonate with readers of all ages. They can foster a love for reading in kids while providing adults with heartwarming tales that remind them of the joys and challenges of childhood. Whether it's a personalized baby book or a personalized book for adults, these stories create cherished memories and make for a great read for the entire family. Explore the magic of books and discover how they can enrich the reading experience for both children and adults alike.

  • Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? A Personalized Perspective Based on The ZooKeeper (our newest personalized tale!) (Updated, May 2024)

    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!