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.
Adam Reber is an educator and poetry writer from Santa Cruz, California. He grew up with many chaotic family dynamics that often left him to rely on his skateboard for almost everything. He used skateboarding as an outlet to help him push his way through high school and through UCSC, so that he could help kids that have gone through similar situations. His life experience fueled him to "Keep On Pushing" which he used as the inspiration to write the book.
Merril is a Midwest-born and raised, world-inspired, and Santa Cruz-based collage artist. she is also a mom, an employee at neyborly (flexible commercial space for you!), and a fanatic of cantaloupe, stretch pants, & water (drinking it, swimming in it, protecting it..., she's a Pisces, okay?)! Merril has been 'scrappin' for or another for as long as she can remember, but it was in 2017 she turned her occasional hobby into a dedicated business with the mission to spread smiles and encourage you to experience the messy joy of creation as well!
GRENLEIGH is a small village on the north coast of England where David Ludston, his sister Karen and friend Anna Smythson live. Their mis- chievous pranks during the Halloween Party at Grenleigh Manor lead them into unknown territory that will eventually reveal more about their lives than they ever could have imagined. Meanwhile, the residents of Grenleigh are horrified by the mysterious appearance of ghosts at the Manor during their annual Halloween Party. Were they real or part of the entertainment?
“Ms. Ali,” (Alisa Hites) as they refer to her, is a former local Art Teacher who taught at the Art Factory in Aptos, Mariposa’s Art through the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and Substitute taught K-12th grade for over 13 years in PVUSD and SCUSD. She grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Soquel High, Cabrillo College and then SJSU where she obtained an BS Degree in Illustration, Animation and Graphic Design. She was trained by Warner Bros. and eventually worked as a background painter for Disney Artist, Trevor Carlton in Los Angeles.
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.
While she works as a physical therapist, Sussi Voak rises before the sun to follow her writing dreams. This is her first book and she is working on a sequel. Raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sussi Voak currently lives in Oakland with her son.
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.