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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Anne-Marie Martens and Marjorie Joys, co-authors of The Twins Mia & Mateo Daddy’s Little Helpers are a true team. Mother and daughter as well as writers, the pair are passionate about writing children’s books.
Anne-Marie Martens is a mother of four, grandmother of three; her background teaching kindergarten and elementary age students led her to the conclusion that speaking more than one language is the future – and it’s never too early to start. Writing a bilingual children’s book was always her dream; and writing with her daughter seemed perfect.\
Jennifer Waddell is a local Santa Cruz author, artist and mother. She loves living surrounded by the beauty of nature and the love of her family and community, and is currently working on her next children's book.
B B Shepherd was born in England, grew up in Los Angeles, returned to England as a teen, and then moved back to California. She has an eclectic background of animal portrait artist, horse lover and stable hand, home school mom, multi-instrumentalist, and director of choirs. Favorite things are rainy days (especially stay at home days curled up with a book and a cup of tea), making music with others, spending time with her children, and writing. She graduated from Cal Poly and Chapman and currently writes when not teaching children's orchestras and bands.
Jim Herbert is a long time resident of Santa Cruz, and a retired auto collision repair shop owner. He now enjoys using his skills of working with metal to create art. He combines those metal working skills with his love for the ocean and surfing, and the result of blending these passions can be seen in his incredible sculptures. His surfers, paddle boarders, and other ocean related characters are all hand crafted out of all sorts of recycled metal. Jim's love of surfing, and the ocean is his inspiration.