Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot, The Happy Life, 1896

Located in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, Thompson Mill Press focuses on the development, publishing, and distribution of the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series containing anthropomorphic characters. We are currently in three world territories and our plans continue on expanding the Kobee Manatee® brand around the globe. 

Our Mission
We are driven and committed on bringing to the world brilliantly illustrated picture books, which entertain, educate, and enrich the lives of children, their parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians.

Discover our Award-Winning Debut Title in the

 Kobee Manatee Children's Educational Picture Book Series!

Kobee Manatee® Heading Home To Florida


Gold Medal Winner in the "Children's Educational" Category

2016 Readers' Favorite

International Book Awards!

Winner in the "Children's Educational" Category of the 

2015 International Book Awards!

Gold Award Recipient in "Children's Picture Books" - Mom's Choice Awards!

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Children's Educational" Category of

 The USA Best Book Awards!

IndieFab Finalist in Foreword's Book of the Year Awards!
For children aged four to eight, you'll uncover an incredible and educational adventure with our award-winning debut title, KOBEE MANATEE: Heading Home to Florida. 

Kobee takes a rare summertime trip from Florida all the way up to New England, but has to get back home before winter or he'll die from the cold. On his twelve hundred mile journey south, he meets two new friends and faces several unforeseen obstacles. You'll also discover fun facts on the habitat and behavior of the West Indian Manatee. To learn more, click here.
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"Children can learn a great deal about manatees and their habitat by reading about Kobee and his friends and their traveling adventure." - Dr. Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation, Save the Manatee Club 


"This luxuriously illustrated, infectiously charming story makes us want to save the manatee and have a plush version to hug."  - ForeWord Clarion Reviews 

"A swimmingly fun, educational trip sure to be enjoyed by young friends of the manatee." - Kirkus Reviews


"Preschool through early elementary aged children will enjoy learning about manatees thanks to Thayer's combination of enticing storyline and fun facts, not to mention Gallegos' excellent pictures." - The Children's Book Review (

"A thoughtful and entertaining introduction to manatees for young children that effortlessly mixes fact and fiction. These gentle and mysterious creatures have found effective advocates with the launch of this talented author and illustrator team."                  - BlueInk Review

Uncover Neat Weather Stuff!
Kobee’s thrilling Journeys continue in Our Second Award-Winning Children’s Educational Picture Book titled, Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather
Hold on Tight as Kobee Manatee and His Pals Encounter Incredibly Wild Weather!

IBPA 2016 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Recipient!

Winner, Silver Medal in the "Children's Adventure" Category
  2015 Readers' Favorite 
International Book Awards!

 Finalist, in the "Children's Educational" Category
 2015 USA Best Book Awards!  

INDIEFAB Finalist in Foreword's Book of the Year Awards!  

Loaded with surprises and exciting facts about weather, this thrilling tale follows Kobee Manatee as he travels across the mighty Atlantic Ocean into the strong Gulf Stream current . . . during hurricane season! His daring adventure begins when Kobee decides he wants to surprise his sister Kim, who lives in the Bahamas, on her birthday. Will Kobee and his friends, Tess and Pablo, be able to travel safely from Key West, Florida, through all of the wild tropical weather coming their way?  Each page includes in-depth, scientific details titled “Kobee’s Fun Facts,” which expand on the weather events the characters encounter along the way.

"A rare children's book that gives kids a colorful learning adventure and some weather fun facts parents will enjoy too."  - Rob Marciano | ABC News Senior Meteorologist

"An appealing picture book distinguished by its colorful images, creatively distilled meteorological facts, and simple but dynamic storytelling." Kirkus Reviews

"This vibrantly illustrated and amusing adventure will make learning about weather feel incidental." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews

Introducing our Third Title in the Award-Winning Kobee Manatee Children's Educational Picture Book series, Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends!  

In Collaboration with World-Renowned Oceanographer, Conservationist, and Documentary Filmmaker - Fabien Cousteau!
Travel with Kobee Manatee as he uncovers a Historic Shipwreck and Extraordinary Reef Fish off the Coast of Puerto Rico! 

Identify Colorful Reef Fish!

Kobee Manatee with his pals, Tess the seahorse, and Pablo the hermit crab, meet some new sea friends as they explore colorful coral reefs and the historic shipwreck of the SS Antonio López near Puerto Rico.  You'll discover some of the most colorful reef fish in the world!  

But wait ... Kobee becomes trapped deep inside the ship!  Can he be saved in enough time?

You won't want to miss the excitement, friendship, and fascinating facts about some very popular tropical fish and the remarkable coral reefs they call home!  This is our third installment in the Award-Winning Kobee Manatee Children's Educational Picture Book series, Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea FriendsStay tuned for more updates!

Added to Prestigious 2018 International Literacy Association (ILA) - Children's Book Council (CBC) Children's Choices List!

IBPA 2018 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award 

Winner, Gold Medal in the "Children's K - 3" Category
  - 2017 Readers' Favorite 
International Book Awards!

   Gold Award Recipient in "Children's Picture Books"

- Mom's Choice Awards!

   Finalist in "Children's Picture Books Ages 4 to 8"

- 2017 Book Excellence Awards!

“Kobee and his ocean pals are full of fun, adventure, and inspiration. They give the reader a better sense of the magic and mystery within our ocean world. Following them onto the historic wreck dive of the SS Antonio López off of Puerto Rico, we learn all sorts of fascinating facts about wildlife and dangers, all while being entranced by the camaraderie of these fast friends. Even if one never gets a chance to ‘peek below the blue veneer’ of our planet, the adventures of Kobee and his aquatic mates are sure to make anyone appreciate how precious life is below the waves.” – Fabien Cousteau

“Another creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series."              
    – Kirkus Reviews

“Children will be drawn to the colors

and images, and amused by the story of Kobee and his friends. Far more significantly, they will learn some important information that may help them to appreciate the ocean, and the beauty and diversity of the world beneath the water’s surface.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

“We are happy to award deserving books like Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends. Our panel of judges really felt this special book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” – Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards

Coming Soon!
Our fourth series installment!
Kobee Manatee® The Great Blue Hole Hazard
Discover The Great Blue Hole, Plastic Pollution, and Climate Change

Kobee Manatee and his pals are swimming to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater café called Seagrass Sub Shop. However, along the way, the friends encounter several problems – a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-o’-War, and a poisonous scorpionfish. Their adventure takes another surprising turn when Pablo plunges into the Great Blue Hole!  Can Kobee and his buddies save Pablo? 

A Caribbean adventure loaded with fun, surprises, and facts about climate change, and plastic pollution in our oceans.

"Kobee Manatee is a lovable and magnetic host, leading readers into the waters that cover 70% of the earth while opening young minds to the connections between human actions and marine ecosystems. Creating opportunities, which inspire love for our marine animals can cultivate an environmentally responsible conscience that can last a lifetime.” – Dr. Tracy Fanara (Inspector Planet), Mote Marine Laboratory, Program Manager Environmental Health

Kobee Manatee® Series Now in China!

Book 1, Kobee Manatee®Heading Home to Florida and Book 2, Kobee Manatee®A Wild Weather Adventure have secured translation rights pertaining to Chinese simplified characters language in print volume form for the territory of Mainland China. BPG Bright Technology & Culture is the Chinese publisher overseeing manufacturing, marketing, and distribution.

It has been a long and challenging journey, taking just over two years negotiating translation rights, working with Beijing on agreement extensions and assisting in the editing process. 

Contact Us

For more information on Thompson Mill Press contact us:

Thompson Mill Press LLC
2110 S. Eagle Rd., #368
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940

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