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Although she’s just a little girl, Charlie's big enough to take the lead to track down the runaway gingerbread man who has made a quick getaway from the oven!

The book includes a gingerbread cookie recipe created by Michelle Gayer, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning pastry chef, founder of the Salty Tart bakery, and five-time nominee for the highest food industry honor - the prestigious James Beard Award.

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The story of a spirited little girl named Charlie who wants to play all night rather than go to sleep, until Mommy piques her curiosity with the magical tale of the Sandman.


“I had the pleasure of meeting Timi Bliss at a local book festival. Not only was she kind and enthusiastic, but her books are wonderful! She writes and illustrates these adorable books and I can't wait to share them with my first graders!”

Heather Horne, first grade teacher

“My son is now an adult, but when he was a small toddler, we would climb into bed together every night and read story book after story book. How I wish I could have read to him In Search of the Sandman. With her warm and beautifully written poetry, author Timi Bliss captures both a child's innocence and imagination. Her gorgeous illustrations are bound to hold a child's attention until, alas, the Sandman arrives. This book is a bedtime staple and I imagine someday reading it to my future grandchildren.”

Roxane Battle, media personality and author of Pockets of Joy

2015 Midwest Book Awards | Family/Parenting Gold Award Winner

“This book deserves a place in every bedtime routine. In Search of the Sandman delivers on its promise and helps our little ones to close their eyes and welcome sleep.”

Anonymous Judge, 2018 Midwest Book Awards

“I LOVE this new children's book! It's a lovely new take on the gingerbread man story filled with people of all shades of the rainbow.”

Erin Zellner, very happy customer


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About the Author/Illustrator

I'm a children's book author, digital illustrator, and publisher of diverse children’s books that provide children of color with literature that relates, associates, and connects them to the world, and helps inform their sense of identity, self-worth and belonging.


My digital collage illustration style is influenced by the work of Ezra Jack Keats (whose books I grew up reading), Christian Robinson, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton for how they incorporate bright colors, fun patterns, and rich texture into collage art.

I'm a 2018 & 2021 award recipient of the McKnight Foundation funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant in support of my work as a children's book author/illustrator.

Beyond children’s literature, I have created community artwork for the Black Lives Matter street mural and Metro Transit buses and shelters in Minneapolis; and produced a virtual story time video series for the Ramsey County Library.


In 2020, I was included in the list of 10 of Minneapolis’ Most Innovative Black Entrepreneurs and Makers by Meet Minneapolis.