As much time as we spend working on exciting new books for you to enjoy, the real fun is getting out and meeting you! We travel far and wide to introduce our books to families, educators, and book lovers.
Here are some places you can find us soon:
Here's where we've been recently:
We had a wonderful time at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in DC this year!
Did you catch our friend Snugglepus roaming the convention hall? If you got a picture, be sure to tag us on facebook or twitter.
Company president and founder Dia Michels recorded a podcast while at ALA. Keep an eye out for the link!
USBC's National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening brings together breastfeeding-focused representatives from across the country: coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory; representatives from relevant government departments; national non-profits, non-governmental organizations including consumer (parents) groups; and health professional associations.
We had an amazing time at the conference. Here's company president and founder Dia Michels with the DC BFC.
The Literary Hill BookFest began as a way of turning the Literary Hill column that Karen Lyon writes for the Hill Rag into a live event. Karen’s column showcases local writers and, after more than a decade of monthly columns, it was clear that Capitol Hill seems to have an almost limitless supply. What if we could bring together some of these authors who live on or write about Capitol Hill to meet their readers, as well as each other? Thus was born the 2011 Literary Hill BookFest. Everybody liked it so much that they encouraged us to do it again, and now we’re gearing up for another year.
Also represented at the BookFest are the Hill’s booksellers, libraries, publishers, and other organizations with a focus on books. Our ultimate goal is to make Capitol Hill a respected center for literacy and the humanities in the metropolitan D.C. area. And we’re well on our way. Our first BookFest attracted more than a thousand visitors; last year, an estimated 1,500 people came to Eastern Market to meet our local writers and learn more about literary services in our area. Please join us this year and make it our best BookFest ever!
On December 4th, Platypus Media President and Founder Dia Michels was the featured speaker for BreastfeedLA. She spoke on the topic An Early Start for Learning: How Breastfeeding, Talking, and Touch in Infancy Support School Success.
Participants explored nursing dolls including this one as one way to help children understand that breastfeeding is normal. This is a "Pregnante, birthing and breastfeeding doll, baby with placenta" from Bidzdesign on Etsy. A complete list of resources is available here.
We also explored the variety of breastfeeding children's books on the market. Here, a participant is pictured holding What Does Baby Want? by Tupera Tupera, an engaging circular board book. Find more breastfeeding books here.
There were so many wonderful participants in attendance, but we were particularly excited to see these babies in the audience!
L to R: Christina Mitchell, Platypus Media President and Founder Dia Michels, and panelists Jennifer Davidson, Sarah Getachew, and Sachiko Cohen.
Join fellow patient advocates, clinicians, preemie & infant groups, and policymakers for the 4th annual summit to tackle access and safety challenges facing infants and their families.
Featuring Stephen Bowen, former NFL player & preemie parent advocate, and Dr. Tiffany Bowen, preemie Parent Advocate & Executive Director of Skyler’s Gift Foundation
Thank you to National and DC WIC for putting together this incredible Black Breastfeeding Week panel!
It was wonderful to hear breastfeeding mamas, experts, and panelists Dr. Lanre Falusi, Israel Jean-Holland, Christi Dorsey, Nikia Fuller-Sankofa, and Kayla Alexandria speak on the importance of breastfeeding, the reasons for the racial breastfeeding gap, and the necessity of community support to breastfeeding initiation and sustenance.
We loved seeing the joy and resilience of the breastfeeding mamas in attendance and the other awesome exhibitors!
We enjoyed the panel
Mothers Testing Positive for Marijuana
with experts (L to R)
Jada Wright Nichols, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC;
Frank Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP; and
Sarah-Reece-Stremtan, MD, Children's National Health System
So much fascinating new research!!
Dr. Reece-Stremtan was excited to see Cuddled and Carried. She says,
"My 2 young boys and I love this charming book! I really appreciate how it normalizes the nurturing relationship between parents and their children. It makes cuddling during storytime that much sweeter."
A huge huge THANK YOU to the amazing ladies of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition who hosted the summit!
We hope to attend again next year.
May 6, 2018
Literary Hill BookFest [website]
Tallulah is just one of the Capitol Hill residents who got to take home a copy of Platypus Media's new bilingual early childhood breastfeeding and STEM education picture books from the BookFest.
Mom (Kate) says she's still loving Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado!
April 22-25, 2018
Ink Factory Studio was at the conference creating these beautiful notes for each presentation. Monday's poster includes the art for Platypus Media founder and president Dia Michels' session: 1000 Days In Gap City, Exploring the Relationship Between the Breastfeeding Gap and the Word Gap.
One of the best things we discovered at the conference? Bernie's Book Bank! Did you know that they're the largest provider of quality children’s books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area?
Dia had a great time with Helen Armstrong, of Fair Haven Health, which runs MyMilkies.com and the Belly to Breast Facebook page. Keep an eye on both places to see an interview they recorded together at the conference!
April 10-12 2018
First 5 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit
Los Angeles North / Glendale, CA