I Want To Be A Reader!

by Mark Powers, Illustrated by Maria Montag

Blue Manatee Press (Apr. 4, 2017) ISBN 9781936669552

Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner

A simple celebration of a major milestone: learning to read! It will take a lot of hard work: learning the letters, turning the pages, saying the words. But that hard work will pay off—maybe sooner than this little boy thinks! The story ends with a hopeful message to toddlers that someday, they can be readers too.


"A gentle way to encourage little ones to want to read." —Alice Toepel, Winnebago County Literacy Council, Oshkosh, WI

"Compelling, brief narrative accompanied by brightly colored, descriptive illustrations draw the young board book reader into the story with ease . . . Children will love paging through their own board book about reading their first book." —Midwest Book Review

I Want To Be A Drummer!

by Mark Powers, Illustrated by Maria Montag

Blue Manatee Press (Sept. 1, 2016)  ISBN 9781936669509

Daniel wants to be a drummer, but he doesn’t have any drums. Can you help him find items around the house to build his drum set? Follow along as Daniel finds the musicality in everyday objects he discovers right at home. Then have fun creating your very own drum set, sounds, and rhythms! A fun reminder that the joy of making music can be found anywhere, perfect for little ones who can’t resist keeping the beat.


"Mark and Maria did a really lovely job with this adorable book . . . It does go a long way to inspire children to search for musical notions in everyday household items." —Todd Sucherman, drummer, Styx

"I love the gentle encouragement to create your own drum set out of found items around the house. Perfect for rainy/cold days playing indoors." —Lola Snyder, Head of Youth Services, Jackson County Public Library, Seymour, IN

"The beauty of I Want to Be a Drummer! is that it reminds readers of all ages that the joy of making music can be found anywhere . . . you just have to look around you and experiment. I highly recommend this storytime book for your young one." —Bart Elliot, drummercafe.com

"A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument." —Kirkus Reviews

Sherm the Germ

by John Hutton, Illustrated by Maria Montag

Blue Manatee Press (Sept. 1, 2014)  ISBN 9781936669240

“Baby play, baby play. All day, hooray! Suddenly - aachoo! Sneeze, cough, boo-hoo! Shiver, rashy, fever, squirm, Oh no - Sherm the Germ!”

Baby's perfect day of play is interrupted by an unwelcome, microbial visitor - the diabolical, yet somehow lovable, Sherm the Germ!   Written by pediatrician and health literacy expert Dr. John Hutton, and brought to life through playful - if contagious - illustrations, this fun, rhyming book describes the stages of becoming sick and then all-better. A perfect read-aloud for get well soon, budding physician/scientists, or any time at all!


“These books work on so many levels, with poetry to hear, pictures to talk about, and a powerful message. They give children just the sort of delightful and mind-expanding experiences they need, while leading parents to see the child’s world through a creative and joyful lens. Wonderful medicine for an overly electronic age!” —Dr. Robert Needlman, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and cofounder, Reach Out and Read, on the Baby Unplugged series