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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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and don't miss these additional Santa Cruz Authors

Aku Tongmi: A Song for Bhutan

Author Bio: 

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

Author Bio: 

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

Author Bio: 

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

Rufus Takes It Slow

Author Bio: 

I was raised in Santa Cruz. I worked at a Montessori preschool in Palo Alto for ten and half years. Finding the underlying beauty in life has always been a passion of mine.

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ISBN: 9781944293154
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Published: LithExcel - January 2018

The Twins Mia & Mateo Daddy’s Little Helpers

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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.\

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ISBN: 9780692807996
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Published: Avenue Petit Lou - November 29th, 0002


Author Bio: 

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.

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ISBN: 9780982893678
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Published: China Blue Publishing - August 28th, 2017

Surfin' the ABCs

Author Bio: 

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.

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By Claire Herbert, Jim Herbert (Created by)
ISBN: 9780692946411
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Published: Waves of Steel - September 13th, 2017

Joy Returns!

Author Bio: 

Wendy Ledger grew up reading. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double degree in French and English, although she would claim that she really majored in free-form music at WMFO, the college radio station. She has a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and also taught introductory creative writing there. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Express, and Music for the Love of It.

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ISBN: 9781542383486
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 5th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781974677832
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 29th, 2017

Sylvie and The Star Tickler

Author Bio: 

About the Author

Fred Cameron is a musician, researcher and author. “Sylvie” was his first story, written for their children when they were young. Since then he has published four non-fiction books, and written a curious novel set in California and Scotland (unpublished). He also has recorded a CD of original instrumental music composed in ancient tunings called Memories of Home. Fred is a former resident of Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley.


About the Illustrator

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ISBN: 9781480825727
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Published: Archway Publishing - February 15th, 2016


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