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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Manimal Tales now offers Custom Dedications!

    Our personalized books are now even more personalized. Add a custom dedication to any book that you buy for free. Here’s how you can do it in 5 easy steps!
  • 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.