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: 

Jill Vialet is the CEO and founder of Playworks (www.playworks.org). Jill has won a number of awards for her work with Playworks, including the Ashoka Fellowship. Jill grew up in Washington, DC where she played in epic games of Capture the Flag as a child. She now lives in Oakland, California with her family. Recess Rules is her first book.

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ISBN: 9780989848701
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Playworks - November 1st, 2013

Author Bio: 

June lives with her new husband and best friend Ray, her step-son and their two dogs, five chickens and two ducks, in Santa Cruz Ca.  Her two older step-kids live respectively in LA and San Francisco. 

Benjamin McTish and the Door through the Grandfather Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989646406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pressed Leaf Publishing - July 2nd, 2013

Author Bio: 

Maralyn Holmes, known as “Grami” to her grandchildren lives with her husband, Geoffrey in a home surrounded by gardens in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz, California. She is a spiritual teacher and counselor as well as an avid gardener, spending many hours in her expansive gardens that surround her home.

 Each story she has written was based on specific incidents that occurred with the many creatures that live around her home and are such a meaningful part of her life.

Children of the Redwood Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989677509
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Maralyn Holmes - June 7th, 2013

Author Bio: 

Stacey Gates graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies and a plan to teach elementary school, but life took her in a different direction. While raising her child, she volunteered her time to raise awareness of food and its effects on our health and the planet. She co-hosted movie events at a theater in Laguna Beach, CA to educated adults and teenagers about it, and she established vegetable gardens at elementary schools to educate children.

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ISBN: 9780988417700
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Published: Year of the Dragon Publishing - November 1st, 2012

Author Bio: 
Deborahlise Mota is a Brazilian-American, born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the bay area of California. She became an avid environmentalist and vegetarian at age 14. Deciding to dive into the organic sub-culture before it was labeled as "green," she enrolled in the UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies program, with empahsis on sustainable agriculture. She wrote the first draft of Don't Bug the Bugs for her bachelor thesis project.
Don't Bug the Bugs: Lily's Organic Garden Adventure Cover Image
By Deborahlise Mota, Ruth Mota (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780578115344
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Published: Green Dream Books - January 15th, 2013

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Auntie M is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur who, after years of writing as a hobby, is now writing full time, thanks to a writing program at Stanford, out of which the Auntie M series was born. She lives in Monroe, North Carolina in a house surrounded by wildlife. It is her hope that the Auntie M series will spark the imaginations of children worldwide to pursue a love of reading and learning.

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ISBN: 9780989190008
Availability: Backordered
Published: Auntie M Children's Books Publishing - May 31st, 2013

Author Bio: 
Anita Telle grew up in Norway, where storytelling is a part of the culture. Ms. Telle loves to work with children and was one of the founders of Santa Cruz Children’s Charity, an organization working to better the lives of children. Anita lives with her son, Branden, in California, where she is working on her next book.
A Little Different All Perfect Cover Image
By Anita Telle, Denis Proulx (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781467525596
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Published: Gnomy's Boo Boo Bears - February 1st, 2012

Denny & Crooner: Jungle Odyssey  Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615685199
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Published: On Demand Books - August 28th, 2012

Author Bio: 
Elayne James started her writing career at the same age as her main character in The LightBridge Legacy, writing her first book at age twelve. After a successful 3-decade stint writing plays and musicals for professional theatre, she has returned to books with The LightBridge Trilogy. As her novels will attest, Elayne has had a lifelong interest in myth and imagination; ancient wisdom; dreams, intuition and inner worlds; a passion for personal and global evolution; and a fascination with the paranormal & unexplained mysteries of the human experience.
The Secret Half: A Supernatural Coming of Age Story -- Book One in the Lightbridge Series (Formally Titled Destiny's Call) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982886588
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Published: World Nouveau - April 6th, 2018



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