Our mission is to get books into the hands of children all over the world, and we are proud to work with local, state, and federal programs to further this goal. We are now registered on SAM.gov as well as with the SBA.
Women-Owned Small Business
Platypus Media, LLC is comprised of two independent publishing houses: Platypus Media and Science Naturally.
Platypus Media creates materials that support and promote attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and family. We share evidence-based practices and family support resources with our readers.
Our imprint, Science Naturally, makes math and science accessible and engaging for children ages 0-14. Our STEM books encourage skill acquisition in reading, science, and math and are available in several languages and formats.
Platypus Media has been in business since February 2000, but our founder and president, Dia Michels, has been working in publishing for the last 30 years. Over the years we have accumulated a permanent staff of 4, who have helped to produce 45+ titles and print more than 500,000 books. We are honored to say that our books have won more than 60 literary, science, math, and language awards.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Literature-based science and math
Free downloadable Teacher's Guides
Medically certified authors
Father, sibling, and NICU support
All of our STEM books meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Accepts government credit cards and purchase orders
*Please contact us for POC information
Kids Read Now | 02/05/2019–03/27/2020
Provided 15,800 customized children's' books over the span of nearly fourteen months (four orders) at a cost as low as $2.89/book
California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) / SLAHP | 03/22/2018–09/17/2019
Provided 3,500 breastfeeding booklets over the span of eighteen months (two orders) at a cost as low as $2.95/booklet
Colorado WIC / CDPHE | 08/29/2019
Provided 850 hardcover children's' books within one month (one order) at a cost as low as $4.95/book
Healthy Start Oklahoma | 01/03/2019
Provided 1,000 customized children's' books within one month (one order) at a cost as low as $2.95/book
New Mexico WIC / DOH | 12/04/2018
Provided 6,115 customized children's' books within one month (one order) at a cost as low as $2.95/book
"Parents who are responsive to their children's needs often find themselves swimming upstream against the culture. Platypus Media books encourage parents as they create families that are close-knit. Through sharing stories, Platypus Media is building a caring community where children and parents alike can thrive."
—Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., Author of The Hidden Feelings of My Motherhood
"Platypus Media books give us a fun way to help meet curriculum objectives in reading, science, language arts, and social studies. The kids love them—and the free activity guides do a lot of the work for us!"
—Catherine Pfeiffer, School Librarian, Capitol Hill Cluster Schools, Washington, D.C.
"Caring parents will be delighted with the gentle way these books foster love and respect between parent and child."
—Marguerite Kelly, Author of The Monster's Almanac
"What's really exciting about this line of books is that children from every background can relate to them. Platypus Media books have captured the values of close-knit families from many different perspectives."
—Maria Salvadore, Children's Literature Specialist, Washington, D.C.