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.

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Author Bio: 

Sharon Michelle Rose is the owner, director, and head teacher of Rose Blossom Nursery School in Aptos, CA. Ms. Rose has been playing music, singing, and creating drama with young children at Rose Blossom School since June of 2000. She has a B.A. in Education, and has taught Music for Young Children at the Central Coast Early Care and Education.


Two Little Bluebirds Cover Image
By Sharon M. Rose, Carrie Duncan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692757406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rose Blossom - September 13th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Born in Colorado and raised on experiences gained while traveling throughout the world, author and pilot Lynsey Howell put all of her passion of aviation and adventure into the writing of Finding Amelia. Now living in what she deems the most beautiful place on Earth in Northern California, she spends most of her time seeking good food, quality friends and a strong cup of coffee. 

Finding Amelia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631775796
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mascot Books - August 2nd, 2016

Author Bio: 

Carol Firenze loves olive oil!  Ask her family, friends and fans and they will say she is the best advertisement for her popular and cleverly written book, The Passionate Olive – 101 Things to do with Olive Oil, which is packed with history and how-to information about olive oil.  With enthusiasm and vivaciousness about this liquid gold, her desire is to educate others about the history, health benefits and beauty of olive oil.  That desire now extends to children in her latest charming book, Cattivo Olivo & the Tree of Liquid Gold.

Cattivo Olivo & the Tree of Liquid Gold: A Coloring Book about Olive Oil Cover Image
By Carol Firenze, Michelle Boyers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692714218
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Published: 33 Publishing - June 18th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Margaret A. De Vore, known by her friends as Maggie has been writing for 47 years and has written screenplays, stage plays, poetry, and just completed her memoir. BLUE KAZOO is Maggie’s second children’s book. Maggie draws her creativity and story ideas from a great many places. The marvelous mixture of nationalities in the small Pennsylvania town where she grew up has been the background of much of her work. She was one of ten children of Scottish and Greek immigrants.


The Blue Kazoo Cover Image
By Maggie De Vore, Jeffrey De Vore (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692626764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bookshop Santa Cruz - July 5th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Larry Gerston has written a dozen academic texts as a political science professor at San Jose State University and lecturer at U.C., Santa Cruz.  He has covered more than his share of political events as the political analyst at NBC Bay Area, where he appears twice weekly.  But Larry Gerston has gone in an entirely new direction with his newest project, The Road to Hana.

The Road to Hana Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625502551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Llumina Press - October 19th, 2015

Author Bio: 

Lori Stewart is an award-winning author of multi-generational books and a range of other works. Born and raised in northern California, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in economics and headed East for careers in finance and technology. She returned to her California roots in 2004 and currently lives and writes in Carmel. In addition to writing, Lori ran AFTA Associates, a non-profit organization she founded to support wildlife conservation through community enterprise.

Grandma, Aren't You Glad the World's Finally in Color Today! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983929314
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Published: Palmar Press - September 1st, 2014

If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You... Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983929307
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Published: Palmar Press - October 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 

Paul is a lover of the ocean and our natural environment. Living in Santa Cruz, California he has ample opportunity to explore nature with his dog Ella. This book is based on a true story from his surfing on the Central Coast. He is a docent at Natural Bridges State Park where he can be found leading tidepool and Monarch butterfly tours for school children. A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting our marine resources.

The Surfer & the Seal Cover Image
By Paul Gallagher, Monica Chenglo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692443361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Paul Gallagher - July 14th, 2015

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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.

Mommy Is a Worrywart Cover Image
By Jenni Kaye, Jenni Kaye (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780988491427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Daring Ink Press - January 19th, 2015

Author Bio: 

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.


The Hunt for the Haunted Gems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781312681408
Availability: Special Order
Published: French Club Books - November 27th, 2014



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