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: 

B B Shepherd was born in England, grew up in Los Angeles, returned to England as a teen, and then moved back to California. She has an eclectic background of animal portrait artist, horse lover and stable hand, home school mom, multi-instrumentalist, and director of choirs. Favorite things are rainy days (especially stay at home days curled up with a book and a cup of tea), making music with others, spending time with her children, and writing. She graduated from Cal Poly and Chapman and currently writes when not teaching children's orchestras and bands.

Bronze Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982893678
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Published: China Blue Publishing - November 7th, 2017

Author Bio: 

Jim Herbert is a long time resident of Santa Cruz, and a retired auto collision repair shop owner.  He now enjoys using his skills of working with metal to create art. He combines those metal working skills with his love for the ocean and surfing, and the result of blending these passions can be seen in his incredible sculptures. His surfers, paddle boarders, and other ocean related characters are all hand crafted out of all sorts of recycled metal. Jim's love of surfing, and the ocean is his inspiration.

Surfin' the ABC's: A Waves of Steel Book Cover Image
By Claire Herbert, Jim Herbert (Created by)
ISBN: 9780692946411
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Published: Waves of Steel - September 13th, 2017

Author Bio: 

Wendy Ledger grew up reading. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double degree in French and English, although she would claim that she really majored in free-form music at WMFO, the college radio station. She has a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and also taught introductory creative writing there. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Express, and Music for the Love of It.

Joy Returns! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542383486
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 5th, 2017

Kate and the Horses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781974677832
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 29th, 2017

Author Bio: 

About the Author

Fred Cameron is a musician, researcher and author. “Sylvie” was his first story, written for their children when they were young. Since then he has published four non-fiction books, and written a curious novel set in California and Scotland (unpublished). He also has recorded a CD of original instrumental music composed in ancient tunings called Memories of Home. Fred is a former resident of Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley.


About the Illustrator

Sylvie and the Star Tickler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781480825727
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Published: Archway Publishing - February 15th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Roxanne Sher Olson lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband and two boys. When she isn't playing in the ocean or the woods she runs a law practice focused on wills and trusts, small business, and real estate. www.roxanneolson.com

Good Night Santa Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781539923510
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 12th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Anne Zoet is a freelance creative director for both technology giants and countless startups in the Silicon Valley and was raised in Santa Cruz, California. Her passions are art, words, travel, the environment and animals—all of which came together naturally in the creation of her children's picture book, Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil. In addition to her human family, Zoet shares her home with three domestic cats (though sometimes she wonders if they're not just a bit wild).

Dreaming of a Green Christmas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997383737
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Published: Fab Idea Press - November 6th, 2016

Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997383706
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Published: Fab Idea Press - September 9th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Sharon Michelle Rose is the owner, director, and head teacher of Rose Blossom Nursery School in Aptos, CA. Ms. Rose has been playing music, singing, and creating drama with young children at Rose Blossom School since June of 2000. She has a B.A. in Education, and has taught Music for Young Children at the Central Coast Early Care and Education.


Two Little Bluebirds Cover Image
By Sharon M. Rose, Carrie Duncan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692757406
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Published: Rose Blossom - September 13th, 2016

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Born in Colorado and raised on experiences gained while traveling throughout the world, author and pilot Lynsey Howell put all of her passion of aviation and adventure into the writing of Finding Amelia. Now living in what she deems the most beautiful place on Earth in Northern California, she spends most of her time seeking good food, quality friends and a strong cup of coffee. 

Finding Amelia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631775796
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Published: Mascot Books - August 2nd, 2016

Author Bio: 

Carol Firenze loves olive oil!  Ask her family, friends and fans and they will say she is the best advertisement for her popular and cleverly written book, The Passionate Olive – 101 Things to do with Olive Oil, which is packed with history and how-to information about olive oil.  With enthusiasm and vivaciousness about this liquid gold, her desire is to educate others about the history, health benefits and beauty of olive oil.  That desire now extends to children in her latest charming book, Cattivo Olivo & the Tree of Liquid Gold.

Cattivo Olivo & the Tree of Liquid Gold: A Coloring Book about Olive Oil Cover Image
By Carol Firenze, Michelle Boyers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692714218
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Published: 33 Publishing - June 18th, 2016

Author Bio: 

Margaret A. De Vore, known by her friends as Maggie has been writing for 47 years and has written screenplays, stage plays, poetry, and just completed her memoir. BLUE KAZOO is Maggie’s second children’s book. Maggie draws her creativity and story ideas from a great many places. The marvelous mixture of nationalities in the small Pennsylvania town where she grew up has been the background of much of her work. She was one of ten children of Scottish and Greek immigrants.


The Blue Kazoo Cover Image
By Maggie De Vore, Jeffrey De Vore (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692626764
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Published: Bookshop Santa Cruz - July 5th, 2016



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