An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Preorder your copy and receive a free "What Would Scout Do?" bumper sticker.
Locally & Independently Published Children's Books
Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.
Jenni Kaye grew up reading books about big red dogs, cats with hats, and soups made of stone. Now she shares these tales with her daughter and son. Kaye, also known as J.K. Mahal, is a graduate of Chula Vista Performing Arts High School and Loyola Marymount University. She worked as a newspaper journalist, page designer and editor, as well as a performing arts center publicist, before devoting herself to writing books.
Kristin Elizabeth is a mother, video game producer and avid knitter raised in Virginia and North Carolina who moved to California where she now lives with her daughter. The idea for this book series was born during a trip to the Palace at Versailles with her mother, a retired teacher and elementary school librarian, who always encouraged her to have a passion for reading, history and adventure.
Susan loves writing and photography. The imagination of her grandchildren and the enthusiasm of the kids in her neighborhood all inspire her to want to write stories for children. Currently, Susan is getting a tree house built in her back yard.
Rosalie Rowe, now retired, has taught children for over forty years in France, New Zealand, and, most recently, at Ernie Pyle School in Fresno, California. In her classrooms, she has shared her love for Nature and all creatures great and small.
Nancy Ruiz DePuy is a recently retired Community College Art History Instructor, writer, artist and avid gardener living in Santa Cruz, California. Rosalie has been a family friend for a long time. Our mothers were best friends growing up.
Agatha Relota is an author, fashion model, dancer, and mother of two. In 2006, Agatha’s nieces asked that she teach them to dance. She soon discovered a lack of books capturing the vibrant spirit and history of ballroom dance. Inspired by her curious nieces and, also, by her own love of dance, Carla and Leo’s World of Dance was born. She wrote the book with the belief that dance can teach children valuable skills to take beyond the dance floor, such as manners, self-confidence, and discipline, as well as a heightened awareness of the world’s cultures.
Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
Elizabeth Borelli, NC, is a certified plant based nutrition expert, award-winning author, cooking instructor and mother-of-two. Her mission is to help connect kids and families connect with healthy home cooking and everyday food choices through fun and engaging activities and helpful resources
Janet Whitchurch grew up drawing and in her
teens entertained the idea of illustrating children’s books. After getting a
B.A. and M.A. in Art at Stanford University where she studied Russian, as well,
Janet taught studio art and art history to high school students for 30 years
while she and her husband raised a family of three children. During this time she
worked on art during the summers or whenever she had the opportunity.
After retirement and with children grown, married and with children of their
accomplished artist from New York City, Greta has had numerous solo and group
shows in SoHo, Chelsea, as well as various other galleries on Long Island, and
in other states - California, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New
Mexico. She has also shown in France where she received "Mellieur
Colorist" presented by then mayor and future president of France, Mssr.
Jacques Chirac, at the 8th Grand Prix Fine Art de Paris, Salon de Vieux
Columbier, Paris, France. Another featured achievement includes Unicef