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  • 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!

  • The Story Behind Your Baby’s Story

    Most authors document their personal experiences and put them in their books; in my case, it was the reverse: I wanted to write the books as a forcing mechanism to document my experiences with my child. 
  • 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.
  • Allie and the ZooKeeper

    THE ZOOKEEPER - A brand new Manimal Tale where your child and the Manimal crew plan a heist to get Dandylion out of the Zoo and away from the clutches of the horrid Zookeeper. Coming soon - read the whole story!
  • 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!
  • The Best Trump Parody Children's Books: Understanding Trumpiness Through The Eyes of Children’s Books

    I started writing this blog before the recently attempted ‘coup’, in which Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, disrupted the election certification process and ripped a gaping hole in th...
  • The 5 Things Kids Can Learn By Reading the Orangey-Tan

    The Orangey-Tan as a story that I would use to explain the past four years to my own child – but do so in a way that talks about the underlying values and why they are important. s a result, the Orangey-Tan has lots of lessons you can share with your kids (aside from the sheer satisfaction of reading along as the Manimals oust their own reality-distorting, preening, orange ape and his hateful ideology from their kingdom!). And since it’s personalized, your child becomes the hero of the story and can really “live” the lessons!
  • 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! 
  • 5 of the Most Popular Personalized Children’s Books

    We read some of the most popular personalized children’s books out there, so you don’t have to! Here’s a list of 5 books that are perfect for giving your little one some extra confidence, teaching them to be kinder, and encouraging them to let their imagination run wild.