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About Platypus Media


Founded in 2000 by owner and publisher Dia L. Michels, an award-winning author of books in women’s health and early childhood education. Our authors are respected experts in their fields, regularly quoted in international media and print publications, and are sought-after speakers at conferences worldwide.


Platypus Media currently offers a selection of award-winning books, booklets, CDs, DVDs, videos, and other products, many of which have garnered widespread praise.


Our products have reached a global audience, with translations in Spanish, Italian, Slovenian, Dutch, Turkish, and Hebrew.

Recognition and Honors:

  • Featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

  • Recognized by major book competitions

  • Reviewed by School Library Journal and Booklist


Endorsements from Prominent Organizations:

  • American Association of Birth Centers

  • La Leche League International

  • National Science Teachers Association

Dr. William Sears

American Pediatrician and Author



Platypus Media's Mission:

Educate grown-ups and children about the world around them. Our books foster warmth, closeness, literacy, curiosity, and an openness to other cultures.

We bring products to the market that parents love, children enjoy, teachers appreciate, and parenting professionals value - and do so in a way that is commercially viable.



Commitment to Breastfeeding:

We donate six percent (6%) of our profits to breastfeeding organizations and adhere to the WHO/UNICEF International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.



Reader Satisfaction:

We are proud of our products. If unsatisfied, return the merchandise for a refund, credit, or exchange. Your enjoyment is our priority.

Platypus Media’s books not only promote literacy, they promote families!

Meet the Team


Dia L. Michels

Owner / Publisher


Ali Trujillo

Operations and Finance Manager


Hannah Thelen

Editorial and Production Director


Want more children's books?

Check out our STEM education imprint.

Sparking Curiosity Through Reading

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