Blue Manatee Literacy Project

About Us

For decades, the Blue Manatee’s incredible “sense of place” has fostered young readers’ enthusiasm for literature, imagination and expressive arts and formed familial bonds and routines that forever impact its patrons. Far too few children have the gift of this experience. We aim to change that.

Our Bookstore

Thirty years with thousands of books and stories. Find out more about our bookstore.


The ManaTeam answers questions about who we are and our mission.

The ManaTeam

Meet our booksellers, support staff, directors, board of directors and advisors.


Special Thanks To
John Hutton & Sandy Gross – Aubrie Welsh InteriorsBusken BakeryThe Scout GuideHambone Collective – Ilene Ross – Haywood RemodelBINCBasil Bookseller SoftwareJCCRosemary WellsLoren LongWill HillenbrandDee GarretsonCincinnati Magazine Baby GuideSpanish Play DatesThe Growing RoomZak Morgan – Isa Fernandez – Emily & Chris Stahl – Play Library – Chris Reiff – Crayons to ComputersThe Literacy NetworkCincinnati Public SchoolsFirst BookHula FrogFluke Skywalker501stOakley Pub & Grill – King Arthur’s Court- Kunimara, Mitchell & CoShare: CheesebarSleepy Bee CafeBlue Manatee PressKendra ScottHelio Property Management – The Mercantile Library – and everyone that volunteers time and resources to further our mission.
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