Grab the Kiddos – Read a Children’s Book Today For International Children’s Book Day!

Award-Winning Kobee Manatee Children’s Books shown on a gift shop display.

Greetings to you! It’s time to celebrate International Children’s Book Day! So, what exactly is defined as a children’s book? According to the Library of Congress“Children’s Literature is defined as material written and produced for the information or entertainment of children and young adults. It includes all non-fiction, literary and artistic genres and physical formats.”

The early history of the Library of Congress explains that, “Children’s books arrived in an unsystematic fashion. This situation changed with the Copyright Law of 1870, after which the Library began to systematically assemble its unique children’s book collection. Today, the Cataloging in Publication program is an additional source of children’s literature.”

At its Washington, DC location, the Library of Congress explains, “The largest single placement of children’s books occupies shelves in the PZ literature area. English-language fiction, folklore, poetry, and simple books of science and technology is followed by ranges of foreign-language fiction (except those in Eastern languages held by the Asian Division, and those in middle Eastern and Central Asian languages held by the African and Middle Eastern Division). Juvenile holdings also include periodicals, school readers, moveable and toy books; films, audio-visual and electronic materials, maps, and comic books. In book or other formats, they are dispersed throughout the Library from the General Collection to the various custodial divisions.”

“It is estimated to be around 500,000 books, including 17,000 – 20,000 American juvenile titles housed in the stacks of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. 

The Library’s holdings of children’s materials cover the mainstream as well as the special, unique, and rare. The strength of the Library’s holdings, as compared to all other children’s literature collections in the United States, if not in the world, lies in their impressive scope and comprehensiveness, consistency over time, and their supportive secondary materials. 

The Library’s juvenile collections afford a broad view of American attitudes toward the family, the governance of young citizens, popular and traditional culture. In addition, children’s book illustrations are an inexhaustible resource for information about American childhood – including school and home life, games, toys, and children’s clothing.”

All of our Award-Winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Books are Cataloged in the Library of Congress

In celebration of International Children’s Book Day, you can also find Kobee Manatee® children’s books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all Independent book stores in the United States and Canada.

Here’s are reviews and for each installment in the Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series …

Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard

(New! Fourth series installment)

Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

In Collaboration with Dr. Tracy Fanara, NOAA Scientist aka Inspector Planet. Tracy can be seen on the Weather Channel and Mythbusters!

Kobee Manatee® and his pals are swimming from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass café. However, along the way, the friends encounter harmful effects of climate change and several other unforeseen problems – a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-War, and a venomous scorpionfish. Their adventure takes another surprising turn when Pablo plunges into the Great Blue Hole! Can Kobee and his buddies save Pablo? 

A Caribbean adventure loaded with fun, surprises, and facts about climate change, and plastic pollution in our oceans.

Kobee Manatee is a lovable and magnetic host, leading readers into the waters that cover 70% of the earth while opening young minds to the connections between human actions and marine ecosystems. Creating opportunities, which inspire love for our marine animals can cultivate an environmentally responsible conscience that can last a lifetime.” Dr. Tracy Fanara, NOAA Scientist (aka Inspector Planet)

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” – Kirkus Reviews

Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.” Readers’ Favorite

“We are happy to award deserving books like Kobee Manatee®: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. Our panel of judges really felt this special book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” – Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards

“Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard is a fantastic journey showcasing fun, friendship, and the necessity of keeping our oceans clean. Highly recommended.”  Chanticleer Reviews

Kobee Manatee® Shipwreck Sea Friends

(Third series installment.)

Kobee Manatee® Shipwreck Sea Friends – (Lexile Measure:700L)

Introducing our third title in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® children’s educational picture book series.  Travel with Kobee as he uncovers a historic shipwreck and extraordinary colorful reef fish off the coast of Puerto Rico! In Collaboration with World-Renowned Oceanographer, Conservationist, and Documentary Filmmaker – Fabien Cousteau!

Kobee Manatee® with his pals, Tess the seahorse, and Pablo the hermit crab, meet some new sea friends as they explore colorful coral reefs and the historic shipwreck of the SS Antonio López near Puerto Rico. You’ll discover some of the most colorful reef fish in the world!  But wait … Kobee becomes trapped deep inside the ship! Can he be saved in enough time? You won’t want to miss the excitement, friendship, and fascinating facts about some very popular tropical fish around the remarkable coral reefs they call home!

“Kobee and his ocean pals are full of fun, adventure, and inspiration. They give the reader a better sense of the magic and mystery within our ocean world. Following them onto the historic wreck dive of the SS Antonio López off of Puerto Rico, we learn all sorts of fascinating facts about wildlife and dangers, all while being entranced by the camaraderie of these fast friends. Even if one never gets a chance to ‘peek below the blue veneer’ of our planet, the adventures of Kobee and his aquatic mates are sure to make anyone appreciate how precious life is below the waves.” – Fabien Cousteau

“Another creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series. ” – Kirkus Reviews

“Children will be drawn to the colors and images, and amused by the story of Kobee and his friends. Far more significantly, they will learn some important information that may help them to appreciate the ocean, and the beauty and diversity of the world beneath the water’s surface.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

“We are happy to award deserving books like Kobee Manatee®: Shipwreck Sea Friends. Our panel of judges really felt this special book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” – Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards

Kobee Manatee® A Wild Weather Adventure

(Second series installment.)

Kobee Manatee® A Wild Weather Adventure – (Lexile Measure:610L)

In Collaboration with ABC News Senior Meteorologist – Rob Marciano!

Loaded with surprises and exciting facts about weather, this thrilling tale follows Kobee Manatee® as he travels across the mighty Atlantic Ocean into the strong Gulf Stream current during hurricane season! His daring adventure begins when Kobee decides he wants to surprise his sister Kim, who lives in the Bahamas, on her birthday. Will Kobee and his friends, Tess and Pablo, be able to travel safely from Key West, Florida, through all of the wild tropical weather coming their way? Each page includes in-depth, scientific details titled “Kobee’s Fun Facts,” which expand on the weather events the characters encounter along the way.

“A rare children’s book that gives kids a colorful learning adventure and some weather fun facts parents will enjoy too.” – Rob Marciano | ABC News Senior Meteorologist

“An appealing picture book distinguished by its colorful images, creatively distilled meteorological facts, and simple but dynamic storytelling.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This vibrantly illustrated and amusing adventure will make learning about weather feel incidental.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

Kobee Manatee® Heading Home to Florida

(Our debut installment!)

Kobee Manatee® Heading Home to Florida – (Lexile Measure:610L)

In Collaboration with Dr. Katie Tripp – from Jimmy Buffet’s Save the Manatee Club!

Packed with exciting illustrations and interesting facts, this adventure story will enchant as it creates awareness for the threatened Florida manatee. In late September, Kobee Manateeis on a twelve-hundred-mile mission to get back home to Florida from Cape Cod, Massachusetts before the impending cold threatens his life. On his journey, he meets two new friends: Tess the seahorse, who loves to learn, and Pablo the hermit crab, who is in search for a new shell. Will Kobee and his friends make it to Florida in time?

Children can learn a great deal about manatees and their habitat by reading about Kobee and his friends and their traveling adventure. – Dr. Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation, Save the Manatee Club

This luxuriously illustrated, infectiously charming story makes us want to save the manatee and have a plush version to hug. – Foreword Clarion Reviews

A swimmingly fun, educational trip sure to be enjoyed by young friends of the manatee. – Kirkus Reviews

Keep watching for more of my blogs!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee

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