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Our Story

Little Hoosier Materials Company creates children's books about Indianapolis. 

One day, I was looking at my daughters' bookshelf and realized there are lots of books that take them into outer space, tropical jungles, and the worlds of their favorite characters, but no good books about their own backyard.  So I shopped around and discovered many 'local' kids' books never get deeper than tourist or Wikipedia-level information about a city.

I wanted books that inspired my daughters to explore and take pride in their hometown. I wanted to bring to life the people, history, and neighborhoods that make Indianapolis special.  Many nights, we sing, "The wheels on the bus go round and round... all through Indianapolis."  Now I am proud to create and share books that make my daughters more curious about Indianapolis.  We hope you like these books, too.                

The Author 

Marty Brown grew up in Broad Ripple (not 'SoBro' and definitely not 'Midtown').  He then lived in Cincinnati, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco before coming to his senses and moving back to Indianapolis.  He now lives in Fall Creek Place with his wife and two young daughters.         

Marty's 3 favorite Indy coffee shops: Calvin Fletcher's, Foundry Provisions, and Cornerstone Coffee House.

The Illustrator

Jingo de la Rosa is a commercial illustrator, art educator, and reluctant cat lover. He was born and raised in the beautiful islands of the Philippines and now calls the lovely city of Indianapolis, IN home. Jingo has been drawing since he was knee-high and hasn’t stopped since.

When he's not making art, you’ll normally find Jingo running along Indy’s Cultural Trail, sketching, or cheering on his beloved Pacers!

Jingo's 3 favorite Indy coffee shopsRabble CoffeeNeidhammer, and Provider

Learn more about Jingo on his website


'Buck A Book' Program

One dollar from each sale of a Little Hoosier Materials Company book is donated to charities that help kids in Indianapolis.