How to order:

Choose a box theme and our expert team of children’s booksellers will pick the perfect books for the child’s age and interests. Your box will be customized, including decoration and enclosures. Quick, fun and easy! Select from our bestselling themes below or visit our themes page to see the entire collection.

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Blue Manatee Boxes Awards

Togetherness, learning and health are as simple as a box of children’s books

  • 3 sizes: choose 3 books for $35, 6 books for $60 or 9 books for $85
  • FREE standard shipping; expedited shipping available
  • Easy to order — perfect for any occasion!
  • Each box includes a gift card by a well-know children’s illustrator
  • 100% eco- and play-friendly packaging inspires imagination
  • Designed by a pediatrician and art educator

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a blue manatee box!

About blue manatee

BlueManateeBookstore2blue manatee children’s bookstore provides the best in children’s books and related activities, hand-picked for their potential to engage young minds and stand the test of time. Visit us online at

Reviews & Endorsements

“…the books come packaged in an awesome, low-tech, plain ol’ cardboard box filled with biodegradable packing noodles, a sponge, a crayon, an instructional insert that encourages creative play and environmentally sound behavior, and (of course) the books.”
beautiful entropy
“Who needs an iPad when you have a cardboard box and some good children’s books?”
The Science of Mom
“Inspired by equal parts science and nostalgia, blue manatee boxes are custom gift boxes containing selections of hand-picked children’s board books, addressing key developmental needs of kids under three. They are also eco-friendly, mindfully designed where everything is usable…”
“Kids learn through plain ol’ play! Play on!”
Lenore Skenazy, author and founder of the Free-Range Kids book and blog.
“…What a smart baby gift idea, combining well known and true classic children’s books with eco-friendly packaging that also helps your wee one learn, develop and have fun.”
“At blue manatee children’s bookstore & decafé in Cincinnati, owner Dr. John Hutton published a trio of board books on some things in childhood that matter most— Pet, Yard, and Blanket — as part of his Baby Unplugged series. He’s also selling the books as part of a gift set for babies, blue manatee boxes, which are packaged with materials that encourage young children to play…”
Publishers Weekly

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blue manatee boxes in their natural habitat — your home! Box lovers come in all ages; join our gallery by sending pictures of your box creations and box-inspired art to

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