Contest: How did Blue Baboon Books get its name?

It's the number one question we're asked: "How did you guys come up with the name Blue Baboon Books?"

To tell you the truth, we just liked the alliteration. But, alas! We need a better story than that. And we're a bookstore, so surely we have stories. 

That's where you come in, our dear customers. We want you to create a storybook about how your favorite bookstore (presumably Blue Baboon Books) got its name.

And if yours is the best story, you get a $100 gift certificate to our store!

What to know more? Here are the details on how you can win:

  • We want these stories to be picture books: At least four illustrations (drawings, paintings, computer graphics, etc.) and no more than 2000 words. 
  • We will feature the winner's story during one of our storytimes. 
  • Stories can be done by an individual or a group (a couple of friends, a family, a classroom -- however big or small you want your group to be).
  • Stories must be written and illustrated. 
  • All artwork must be original artwork. You may not copy art off the internet or use someone else's copyrighted or licensed work. 
  • We will pick our three favorite entries, and then we'll put those up for a vote on social media. 
  • The winning entry will be featured on our website and social media.
  • Other than the $100 gift certificate, the winner will not receive any further payment or royalties from the story.   
  • Please submit stories electronically to
  • Entries are due by 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7. No exceptions.