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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!).

  • 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. 
  • 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! 

  • 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!

  • 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!
  • A list of 10 of the most interesting personalized gifts for adults

    Personalization used to just mean putting a name on a pen or a notebook, but now there are many more interesting ways to personalize gifts - and many more kinds of gifts you can get that are personalized. We scoured the internet for some of the more unconventional personalized gifts you could get your loved one. Here are the top ten we found.
  • A Timeline of The Trump Presidency, as told by Orangey-Tan Posts

    Since Trump’s ruinous reign is at an end, we thought it might be a good time to look back at some of the bigliest moments through the eyes of our very own Orangey-Tan posts!