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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Author Bio: 

Joan M. Jacobs, author, entrepreneur, and creator of the KC and the Keep Well Kids Club© program has a 30 year career based in creative writing design, public relations and healthcare marketing. She is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology.

The Story of KC and the Keep Well Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983893011
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Creative Kids Concepts, LLC. - January 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 

Rosalie Rowe, now retired, has taught children for over forty years in France, New Zealand, and, most recently, at Ernie Pyle School in Fresno, California.  In her classrooms, she has shared her love for Nature and all creatures great and small. 

Nancy Ruiz DePuy is a recently retired Community College Art History Instructor, writer, artist and avid gardener living in Santa Cruz, California.  Rosalie has been a family friend for a long time.  Our mothers were best friends growing up.


Author Bio: 

Agatha Relota is an author, fashion model, dancer, and mother of two. In 2006, Agatha’s nieces asked that she teach them to dance. She soon discovered a lack of books capturing the vibrant spirit and history of ballroom dance. Inspired by her curious nieces and, also, by her own love of dance, Carla and Leo’s World of Dance was born. She wrote the book with the belief that dance can teach children valuable skills to take beyond the dance floor, such as manners, self-confidence, and discipline, as well as a heightened awareness of the world’s cultures.

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By Agatha Relota, Thierry Perez (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780500515600
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thames & Hudson - June 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 

Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

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ISBN: 9781501014086
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Createspace - August 30th, 2014

Author Bio: 
Elizabeth Borelli, NC, is a certified plant based nutrition expert, award-winning author, cooking instructor and mother-of-two.  Her mission is to help connect kids and families connect with healthy home cooking and everyday food choices through fun and engaging activities and helpful resources
Sprout It! Kids in the Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692229712
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - July 13th, 2014


Beanalicious Living: A Step-By-Step Guide to Breaking Free from Processed Foods and Embracing a Healthy, Nutritious Lifestyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939288196
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Published: Self Health Cafe, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint - September 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

Janet Whitchurch grew up drawing and in her teens entertained the idea of illustrating children’s books. After getting a B.A. and M.A. in Art at Stanford University where she studied Russian, as well, Janet taught studio art and art history to high school students for 30 years while she and her husband raised a family of three children. During this time she worked  on art during the summers or whenever she had the opportunity. After retirement and with children grown, married and with children of their

Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991569700
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Whitty&Wyllie - April 30th, 2014

Author Bio: 

An accomplished artist from New York City, Greta has had numerous solo and group shows in SoHo, Chelsea, as well as various other galleries on Long Island, and in other states - California, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She has also shown in France where she received "Mellieur Colorist" presented by then mayor and future president of France, Mssr. Jacques Chirac, at the 8th Grand Prix Fine Art de Paris, Salon de Vieux Columbier, Paris, France.  Another featured achievement includes Unicef

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ISBN: 9780615980126
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: ArtBlend - May 1st, 2014

Author Bio: 

Designer and art director: School of Visual Arts, New York City: studied with Milton Glaser. Graphic designer for six years for Milton Glaser, Inc. Graphics design director, Gear Design, New York City: implemented branding for Gear product lines; designed wallpaper and fabric books; directed photo shoots. For George Beylerian, created the Kwilt magnetic puzzle for the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, which sold consistently for years in MoMA’s retail store. Creator of Classmates, a children’s wallpaper and fabrics collection based on

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ISBN: 9780991199907
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: AlookWritenowBookforKids - January 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

Barbara Chamberlain has always loved stores and storytelling.

The Flight of Alpha I was awarded first prize for juvenile fantasy at the White County Arkansas Writers Conference. Her juvenile/young adult original fantasy A Bowl of Rice won first prize in the Writers Digest Writing competition.  Barbara's award winning juvenile historical novels, Ride the West Wind and The Prisoner's Sword

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ISBN: 9781492800255
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Published: Createspace - December 13th, 2013

Author Bio: 

Pamela is a mother who lives in Santa Cruz. She loves to tell stories and be with her child. 


Centa is an artist and illustrator who lives in Santa Cruz.

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By Pamela Davis, Centa Petersen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780615909134
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Art Bookbindery - November 27th, 2013



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