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By John Hutton, Illustrated by Sarah Jones


Baby Unplugged


14 Pages, 5.5 x 5.5

Formats: Board Book

Board Book, $7.99 (US $7.99) (CA $9.99)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9781936669424

Rights: WOR

blue manatee press (Apr 2016)

Price: $7.99


Whether imagining big sport dreams or playing in the backyard, fun and adventure abound with Ball.

Dedicated to simple yet developmentally stimulating icons and experiences of childhood, this series encourages children to have fun discovering their world through real experiences rather than through screen-based media.   From baseballs to beach balls, and every kind in between, the ball is a beloved shape to children. 


"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

"Baby Unplugged by blue manatee press is a series of books created to get back to basics. Where the only sort of entertainment you need is your imagination. No screen time necessary. A simple concept, but one that we seem to forget amidst the hustle and bustle of our busy lives." —Jenn Auer, Jersey Family Fun blog

"In this energetic addition to the Baby Unplugged line, Hutton deploys an appropriately bouncy series of rhymes to celebrate balls of every shape, size, and type . . . Jones's carefully detailed, warmly appealing images switch up the settings from page to page." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Dr. John Hutton is a pediatrician, author, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children's bookstore in Cincinnati, OH, and affiliate site blue manatee boxes. His interests include the effects of electronic media on children, and shared reading and creative play as healthy alternatives. He is also the founder of the blog Baby Unplugged, whose mission is to help keep children screen-free until 3 and promote healthy, developmentally-stimulating alternatives. Sarah Jones is an artist and author living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her first book, Orange Triangle Fox, received a star review in Publisher's Weekly and a Gold Mom's Choice award in 2014. When she's not painting creative critters in her studio, Sarah can be found playing guitar & leading story time at the award winning blue manatee children's bookstore, where she works and plays. Sarah holds a BFA in Painting and Art Education from Miami University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati.