Best Of 2018

Best Literary-Minded Migration: Blue Manatee

Longtime children’s bookstore Blue Manatee made the move from its flagship Oakley location, where it’s been since 1989, to a more streamlined space down the street, taking with it its famous wall of artwork and autographs from visiting authors and illustrators. The new, intimate space promises “a truly unique, magical space for children and their grownups,” with a renewed focus on younger children’s books, Montessori-style learning and publishing. The cozy and colorful space promotes creativity with frequently held activities ranging from arts and crafts to meet-and-greets with popular authors and story times for babies, tots and Spanish speakers/learners. It’s a great way to show kiddos how to support local the right way as they take a tour through their imaginations in a space brushed with wonder and a lot of heart. Blue Manatee, 3094 Madison Road, Oakley, bluemanateebooks.com.