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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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The Scraggly Rabbit

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When she’s not writing, Dr. Palladino works as an Inclusion Education Specialist. As a child, her height contributed to her shyness and Dyslexia demanded that she work creatively and patiently to thrive in a world full of books. As a beloved teacher, Dr. Palladino endeavored to assist students to identify and cultivate their own individual areas of strength and ability. She resides in California with her husband and four children.


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By Cheryl Palladino, Kim Sponaugle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781792324840
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Published: Cheryl Palladino, Rosemarie Gillen - November 12th, 2019

Little Charley’s Second Chance

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Caroll O. Knipe’s passion for writing led from educational textbooks to her children’s books with critic and photographer Fritz Knipe, artists Ken Schwab and Suzanne McCourt and co-authors Marsha Speck and Joaquin Menezes. Queen Elizabeth II received her copy of Corgi Confessions with “great pleasure,” according to her lady in waiting.  Knipe has also published textbooks for school administrators in the United States that sold internationally. Her publication with Dr. Marsha Speck was nominated for national Professional Development Book of the Year by Corwin publishers.

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ISBN: 9781646069644
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Published: Joaquin Menezes - January 1st, 2019

Mouse the Witching Cat

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Franki Lew is a person who makes things. Mouse the Witching Cat is her first published picture book and her official foray into the world of off-beat children’s literature.

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ISBN: 2370009471117
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Self-Published - October 1st, 2019

Frances, This Time You've Gone Too Far...

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Janis Ost is a writer, mother and middle school teacher. Passionate about writing with kids, especially adolescents, she is a writing project assistant with the Young Writers Program in Santa Cruz, California.. She enjoys the quiet magic of sailing, playing the guitar, and encouraging people to be mindful. This is her second book, following The Long Nights of Mourning (2003).

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ISBN: 9781633372986
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Published: Boyle & Dalton - July 13th, 2019

Aku Tongmi: A Song for Bhutan

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Jane Hancock, who helped to establish the Music of Bhutan Research Centre (MBRC), is a credentialed educator and photographer. She has been living part time in Bhutan since 2010, assisting with many aspects of MBRC and teaching music and theater arts at secondary and primary schools in Thimphu.

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ISBN: 9780578401010
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Published: Music of Bhutan Research Center - December 2nd, 2018

Stardust Child

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Joann Rose Leonard was theatre-trained at Northwestern University, worked as an actress in New York, and studied mime in Paris with Marcel Marceau.  Founder and director of MetaStages, the youth theatre program at Penn State University, she now lives in Watsonville.

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By Joann Leonard, William Schroder (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781632331212
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Published: Eifrig Publishing - April 29th, 2017

Tales of the Tails

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Medha Roy grew up in Kolkata, India. She is a trained writer, editor and educator. She studied English and American Literatures in India from Calcutta University, one of the oldest educational institutes in the world. She earned her second Master’s degree in Communication Studies in the United States. 

Her first children’s book, “Tales of the Tails” brings animals and birds to life through her engaging, colorful and funny literary descriptions. 

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By Medha Roy, Nadya Smolsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692994061
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Published: Self-Published - March 28th, 2018


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