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  • Free Personalized Coloring Books for your Kids

    We are thrilled to introduce our latest offering: a collection of free coloring books designed to ignite your child's creativity and provide endless hours of fun and learning. In this digital age,...
  • 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.

  • Five Lessons from A Personalized Seek and Find Book for Toddlers

    The story of Where is KarmaChameleon? takes us on an adventure with a playful and mischievous chameleon named Karma. With his incredible ability to blend in with his surroundings, Karma is an expert in the art of disguise, often making it difficult to spot him.

    It is a whimsical and entertaining tale that encourages children to explore, learn, and have fun while also reinforcing important skills such as observation, attention to detail, and problem-solving. This book is a perfect gift for any child who loves personalized books, seek-and-find challenges, and playful storytelling.

  • Five Key Learnings from a Personalized Alphabet Book for Children

    Nothing delights a child more than a personalized story with their name woven into the pages! An alphabet book tailored just for your little one could be the perfect gift to spark their imagination...
  • Five Lessons The ZooKeeper Teaches Your Kid

    One day, DandyLion goes for a walk in Manimal Forest and gets captured by the mean ZooKeeper! What happens when he’s being made to perform at the Zoo so the ZooKeeper can make some money? A brave H...
  • Santa’s Christmas Elves: Their Names, History and More About Them

     I'm writing a personalized Christmas PhotoStory about your child and an elf named Jingles. That got me thinking about Christmas elves. What's the history behind the elves? How many elves are there? What are their names? We know so much about Santa's reindeer, but surprisingly little about the elves!

    Well not anymore!

  • Say ‘Hello’ to Photostories!

    PhotoStories are a great new way to personalize storybooks. Upload your own photos into our stories, and have them become part of an amazing book you can share with your loved ones. In other words, PhotoStories are delightful stories where you can insert your own photos into the books and have them be part of the story. It’s like a storybook and photo album all rolled into one, and a great way to capture and share memories with your kids.
  • The Best Children’s Books of 2021

    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 Best Personalized Gifts for a Baby Shower

    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 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.