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.
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.
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.