Meet the Joobles! introduces readers to a lovable gang of joyful playmates that dance, skip, and romp throughout the day. This charming story, told in English and Spanish, follows the Joobles on happy adventures until it is time to say goodnight. The light-hearted rhyme offers a bilingual twist to the traditional Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear song.
Meet the Joobles! was written by Monica Brown, the award-winning author of many books for children. Monica fell in love with the Joobles and wanted to bring them to life. Playfully illustrated by Emily Balsley, whose passion for bringing color and shapes together in a wonderfully whimsical style captured the essence of the Joobles. The book was translated to Spanish by Cinthya Miranda McIntosh.
Meet the Joobles! is a great bedtime story and a fun way to introduce a second language.
About Monica Brown
Monica Brown, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of many magical multicultural books for children including Frida and her Animalitos, Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando al Biblioburro, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/no combina, and the Lola Levine chapter book series. Monica's books have received multiple starred reviews, Pura Belpré Honors, Américas Awards, as well as an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for best nonfiction and The Christopher Award, among many others. Her books are widely available in bilingual or Spanish editions and have been translated into a dozen languages. Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritage and desire to bring diverse stories to children.
About Emily Balsley
Emily Joy Balsley is an illustrator and maker with a passion to create. She spends her days and nights hustling from project to project in her colorful studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Whether drawing, painting, crafting, or working on DIY house projects, her ability to constantly move and create mesmerizes her yogi husband and inspires her creative daughter. When she isn’t making, she loves to ride her bike, box, and spend time with her family and friends. Emily is forever an optimist and it shows in her whimsical, happy illustrations.
A foundation for the future
In addition to living wage jobs, we believe the key to transforming communities from poverty to prosperity is education. The Joobles, along with its sister brand, Fair Indigo, funds The Fair Indigo Foundation. This non-profit pays for teachers' salaries, books, building improvements, and computer labs for children who otherwise were being left behind. And it's so easy to make a big difference - just check the $5 donation box at checkout. Your $5 donations have literally transformed the lives of children, their families, and their community. Learn More
Organic Toys mean Pure Joy
The Joobles are a lovable bunch of organic cotton stuffed animals, hand knit in small cooperatives throughout Peru. Colorful, whimsical, happy. These wonderfully unplugged toys allow the child's imagination to take center stage. But the Joobles have a positive impact not only on children, but on the skilled artisans who lovingly craft them and on the planet we all share. See all the Joobles!
Organic Tanguis Cotton
While less famous than its close cousin, Pima, Tanguis is the best cotton to use for sweater knits and stuffed animals. Our two family farms grow a combination of Pima and Tanguis cotton - planted, tended, and harvested with care and by hand. Because it's organic, you don't have to worry about pesticide residue in what we hope is the child's favorite new little friend. See our farms.
The dyes used on the organic cotton yarns are certified to the most stringent safety standard - Oeko-tex 100. They're tested for literally hundreds of dangerous substances like Azo colorants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, and nickel. Our dyes meet or exceed the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead and the European Chemical Regulation (REACh). Rest easy knowing we've developed toys with the gentlest colorants available anywhere. See more and certification.
Irma's new life
Whoever is lucky enough to receive a Jooble isn't the only one whose life is touched. Artisans like Irma have been able to transform their lives and the lives of their families because they're able to put their awe-inspiring knitting skills to work. Read more.
It started with a mom's dream
Jody, the mom who dreamt up the Joobles on a flight back home from Peru, was blessed with a very essential life skill - the ability to view the world as if through the eyes of a child – a world full of good people, a million awesome ideas, and color. We unfortunately lost Jody far too soon, but her smiles live on forever in the joy she has brought so many. Read our blog about the Mom of the Joobles