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: 

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.

Carla and Leo's World of Dance Cover Image
By Agatha Relota, Thierry Perez (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780500515600
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thames & Hudson - June 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 

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.

The Castle Blues Quake Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501014086
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Createspace - August 30th, 2014

Author Bio: 
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
Sprout It! Kids in the Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692229712
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - July 13th, 2014


Beanalicious Living: A Step-By-Step Guide to Breaking Free from Processed Foods and Embracing a Healthy, Nutritious Lifestyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939288196
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Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - September 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

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

Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991569700
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Whitty&Wyllie - April 30th, 2014

Author Bio: 

An 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

A Little Duck Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615980126
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: ArtBlend - May 1st, 2014

Author Bio: 

Designer and art director: School of Visual Arts, New York City: studied with Milton Glaser. Graphic designer for six years for Milton Glaser, Inc. Graphics design director, Gear Design, New York City: implemented branding for Gear product lines; designed wallpaper and fabric books; directed photo shoots. For George Beylerian, created the Kwilt magnetic puzzle for the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, which sold consistently for years in MoMA’s retail store. Creator of Classmates, a children’s wallpaper and fabrics collection based on

So Many Eggs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991199907
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: AlookWritenowBookforKids - January 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

Barbara Chamberlain has always loved stores and storytelling.

The Flight of Alpha I was awarded first prize for juvenile fantasy at the White County Arkansas Writers Conference. Her juvenile/young adult original fantasy A Bowl of Rice won first prize in the Writers Digest Writing competition.  Barbara's award winning juvenile historical novels, Ride the West Wind and The Prisoner's Sword

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ISBN: 9781492800255
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Published: Createspace - December 13th, 2013

Author Bio: 

Pamela is a mother who lives in Santa Cruz. She loves to tell stories and be with her child. 


Centa is an artist and illustrator who lives in Santa Cruz.

This Heart is Me Cover Image
By Pamela Davis, Centa Petersen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780615909134
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Art Bookbindery - November 27th, 2013

Author Bio: 

Jill Vialet is the CEO and founder of Playworks (www.playworks.org). Jill has won a number of awards for her work with Playworks, including the Ashoka Fellowship. Jill grew up in Washington, DC where she played in epic games of Capture the Flag as a child. She now lives in Oakland, California with her family. Recess Rules is her first book.

Recess Rules Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989848701
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Playworks - November 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

June lives with her new husband and best friend Ray, her step-son and their two dogs, five chickens and two ducks, in Santa Cruz Ca.  Her two older step-kids live respectively in LA and San Francisco. 

Benjamin McTish and the Door through the Grandfather Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989646406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pressed Leaf Publishing - July 2nd, 2013



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