Picture Books

SPACEMANATEE! by Katie Gilstrap, Illustrated by Alice Samuel (Magination Press, 2023)

Spacemanatee is a story about Anna Lee, a sweet-natured manatee whose dreams are even bigger than her mighty flippers.

Every night, Anna Lee Manatee meets with her friend, The Loon, to stargaze. When Anna Lee shares her belief of a “Manatee on the Moon,” The Loon mocks her seemingly far-fetched idea. Determined to validate her beliefs, Anna Lee constructs a rocket ship out of materials she finds in the sea and blasts off to outer space. Will she find what she is looking for?

This is a sweet story that helps kids believe in themselves so they can reach new heights.

“The rhyming text is bright and charming, the characters are appealing and energetic, and the message is clear and accessible… A whimsical, enjoyable tale designed to encourage self-confidence.”—Kirkus


PENNY LU PORCUPINE by Katie Gilstrap, Illustrated by Maribel Lechuga (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2024)

FINNEGAN FOX by Katie Gilstrap, Illustrated by Lori Nichols (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2024)