Ripple Grove Press is expanding on social media!

Ripple Grove Press is happy to announce we're expanding our social media presence!

We've recently joined Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr.

And you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Check us out! Follow us! Tweet us! Comment, like, and share, and all that tech speak!

Also, we'll be participating in #PBPitch day next Thursday, October 15 on Twitter. It's your chance to pitch a picture book and reach us and a bunch of other agents and publishers. We look forward to seeing your pitch!



Publishers Weekly Article

We are beyond excited to be featured in an article on Publishers Weekly today!

Read about how we got started, how the past year has been, and what to look forward to from Ripple Grove Press!

Read the article here. And as always, please like, share, and comment!!

Spring 2016 Announcement!

This weekend Ripple Grove Press will be at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association tradeshow. We will have a table (#34) featuring all of our titles and showcasing 2016 books. This event is only open to book industry professionals. It is not open to the general public. So we thought we'd share our spring 2016 titles here!

Be sure to click on the cover images to take you to our catalog pages for more information.

Salad Pie by Wendy BooydeGraaff, illustrated by Bryan Langdo. Available March 1, 2016.

Salad Pie by Wendy BooydeGraaff, illustrated by Bryan Langdo. Available March 1, 2016.

Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe by Troy Howell, paper cut art by Kathryn Carr. Available May 3, 2016.

Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe by Troy Howell, paper cut art by Kathryn Carr. Available May 3, 2016.

We are very excited for our spring releases and hope you are too. Please share!

 And for more information about attending the PNBA event this weekend, check out the PNBA website.


The Gentleman Bat Turns One!

October 1 marks the one year anniversary of the release of The Gentleman Bat by Abraham Schroeder and illustrated by Piotr Parda. We will always have a soft spot in our hearts for the first book Ripple Grove Press released. But it's not just us that love this book.

The gentleman bat took the lady bat’s hand; 
They twirled for a while to the sound of the band.

 Here are some excerpts of the great reviews The Gentleman Bat has received:

"’s an enchanting world to spend time in." -Publishers Weekly

"’s absolutely charming in detail. Parda’s moonlit watercolors bring the Victorian era to life. Compact, wrinkled bat faces and webbed wings are folded into beautiful bonnets and full hoop skirts. Hidden jokes add to the fun." -Kirkus Reviews

"Children will be entranced with the lavish detail and vision of "The Gentleman Bat," a period fantasy children's book with a few funny twists cleverly integrated in both picture and verse." -The Midwest Book Review

Visit our catalog to read these reviews, and others, in full, read profiles of the author and illustrator, and click to purchase through your favorite online retailer. 

Mae and the Moon Review from SLJ

People cannot get enough of Mae and the Moon! Check out the latest review from School Library Journal:

Little Mae loves the moon, looking for it in the sky every night. She thinks of the orb as her playmate, as she tries to catch it, howls at it, or plays hide-and-seek with it in the park. As time goes by, Mae notices that the moon keeps getting thinner, until one night it disappears completely. Devastated, Mae asks her mom if her friend will return, only to be told, “Even moons need to rest.” Not satisfied with this explanation, Mae and her dad build a cardboard rocket that reunites Mae and the her imagination. While Mae plays with the rocket, the real moon comes back; in the happy conclusion of the story, the moon’s thin crescent smiles through the window upon the sleeping Mae. Gigot’s digitally colored pencil illustrations perfectly capture the calm lunar glow over the nocturnal blues and purples of a sleepy town, setting up a stark contrast of darkness in the spread when the moon is absent. Their cartoonish style is sweetly humorous, especially in portraying Mae’s real companion—a little white dog. Front and back endpapers feature the phases of the moon.

VERDICT A sweet, quiet story suitable for a cozy bedtime reading.–Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

The Peddler's Bed Launch Party!

Yesterday's launch party for The Peddler's Bed was a great success! Author, Lauri Fortino, hosted the event at the DeWitt Community Library. See the photos below for an awesome book cake and a plate full of little rice krispie treat beds made by Lauri and her sister. They have fruit roll-up blankets, marshmallow pillows, graham cracker head and foot boards, pretzel stick bed posts, and each one has a gummy bear teddy bear!

Also, see a photo of a replica of the actual peddler's bed made by a friend of the author and Lauri herself reading and signing books.

Check out our catalog page for The Peddler's Bed to read a description of the book, reviews, and click the links to buy a copy for yourself!

The Peddler's Bed Review: Highly Recommended!

We received another wonderful review for The Peddler's Bed yesterday. We usually seek out reviews from the picture book industry but we recently had the opportunity to share The Peddler's Bed with

It's refreshing to get a new take on the book from a different point of view:


In the world of comic books and graphic novels, many dominant themes center on stark realism, socio-political-economic commentaries, historical events and personalities, violence, science fiction, fantasies, and particularly right now, superhero. How about stories catering for our beloved very young children? Sure, there are a couple of these and one of these gems is the creation of Lauri Fortino and our very own Bong Redila who crafted a very eye-popping, entertainingly, and yet, simple visual narrative in The Peddler’s Bed.

First and foremost, The Peddler’s Bed is as simple as it gets. It is a children’s graphic novel—simple, easy-to-read, colorful, oozing with positivity, and most importantly, must teach children something valuable. There are three characters: the peddler, little man, and a dog named Happy. The peddler comes to the man’s humble home and makes an offer the latter must achieve, if the little man creates a sound on the former’s top-of-the-line bed, he can have it for FREE. Easier said than done, as what the cliché says. But, instead of dwelling to the usual cynicism and other dubious styles of negative storytelling that dominate many comic genres nowadays, Ms. Fortino resorts to the old-fashioned but highly effective narrative that suits to very young children, more so for parents who want to do bedtime storytelling. Additionally, young children should be taught and guided with great values and manners, like respect, trust, generosity, hospitality, and being grounded. The writer actually achieves this objective and our kababayan simply nails those traits that surely create a lasting impression to young readers, as well as a great reading graphic material for every children’s library out there.

Naturally, Mr. Redila carries the burden of fulfilling the writer’s tale by executing a very vibrant children’s storybook that even adults can surely love the overall interiors. Colorful it is, and the artist avoids making his colors so bright or so grim, even during nighttime to ensure the consistent feel of warmth and positivity. Sure, one may argue that Redila’s artistic style can be connected to Skottie Young’s highly energetic, playful and childish illustrative trademark. And, in all seriousness, Skottie Young fans should enjoy Redila’s artistic style as well. Redila shows further his good command of sequential illustrative narration that goes well with the writer’s simple yet charming prose. The faces of the characters are quirky and illuminating without any exaggerations whatsoever. -Paul Ramos

On the serious note, I love how the creative team projects of the possibility of molding a type of capitalist who is righteous at heart. I say so for the fact that capitalism is often associated with negativity, particularly values of exploitations and greed, something we want to avoid and/or minimize, to say the least. Perhaps, Ripple Grove Press may contribute something of the dream of a society molded on righteousness without aggravating one’s dignity and trust.

As this book is as good as it gets, it is very, very short. Surely, I want more Redila’s fantastic illustrations. Since many comic publishers nowadays cater young parents and even children, like IDW and even Archie Comics. I hope these peoples take notice of Redila’s artwork. And naturally, not everyone would enjoy this, particularly the pessimists and the cynics alike. Consider the latter rant as an asterisk.

The Peddler’s Bed is a great albeit short children’s storybook that delivers so much positivity and the emphasis of the greater good, particularly values, manners, respect, and most significantly, trust. The creative team, especially our own Bong Redila, achieves of fusing simplicity in narrative and excellent illustrations. Both children and children-at-heart definitely love this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Changes to Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines here at Ripple Grove Press have changed. Be sure to review all the changes carefully on the Submissions tab before submitting.

The biggest change you'll notice is we are no longer able to respond to everyone individually. We wish we could continue this practice but we now receive thousands of stories each year.

We need the time to read them all. And we need the time to devote to making the awesome stories we've chosen to publish into great books and making sure everyone knows about them.

So please read the changes and keep submitting. Each and every story is read and considered, as it always was and always will be.

Thanks for your continuing support.



Profile with Lauri Fortino

We ask all our authors and illustrators to answer some more in-depth questions as the release of their books approach. Here is Lauri Fortino's, author of The Peddler's Bed:


Stats? Name, location? Do you have a day job?

Lauri Fortino, Syracuse, NY

Library Assistant

How did you hear about Ripple Grove Press? What was the submission process like for you?

I’m a member of the CBI Clubhouse and receive their monthly online newsletter. Each issue includes publishers and/or agents that are accepting submissions at that time. Ripple Grove Press was featured in the September 2013 issue. After reading what they were looking for and checking out their website, I decided to take a chance and submit. I submitted three or four manuscripts, separately of course (and only after I sent an inquiry asking if it was okay to send more than one). I received a phone call from Rob Broder at RGP one month later. They wanted to publish The Peddler’s Bed

What’s your work style? Early morning, late at night? All at once, bits at a time?

Since I am still working full-time as a library assistant, I definitely work on my writing bits at a time, primarily in the evenings. I’m usually working on something writing related (revising, critiquing, blogging, researching, submitting, etc.) between 7 pm and 9 pm.  But you never know when the muse will strike, so I have a notebook with me wherever I go, and one by my bedside, and one in my desk at the library too. My mind is always on picture books and I’m constantly jotting down sentences and paragraphs, as well as titles, character names, and ideas for new stories.  

Who are some of your creative idols?

I’m a great admirer of children’s librarians and teachers who are charged with the unwavering task of getting books into the hands of young readers. They share their passion for books with children and they find creative ways to make reading fun. Children’s librarians incorporate music, movement, and play into their story hours. And teachers come up with all sorts of imaginative ways to instill a love for books and reading in their students. One teacher I know covers the walls of her classroom with the book jackets from picture books. I love that!

Where does your inspiration come from?

I am most inspired by nature, animals, my dog, children, and the kindness of others. Kindness and friendship are recurring themes in many of my stories. And I often include animal characters as well, sometimes as main characters, and at other times, supporting characters, like Happy, the little man’s dog in The Peddler’s Bed.

What are the biggest wins/challenges writing for children?

The biggest challenge for me as a children’s book author, especially since I’m just starting out with my first book, is trying to get my next book published. The biggest win so far is getting to know and becoming a part of an incredible community of people who love children’s books as much as I do-authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, publishers, agents, bloggers, etc.

What are you working on right now?

Currently, I am working on four new stories, one about a child who is bullied because she has big feet, one about an American miniature horse in the circus who dreams about being a cross country race horse, another about a flying horse the size of a dragonfly who grants a young boy’s wish, and one more about the life cycle of a butterfly, told in a rather unusual way. I have also been working on submitting several of my completed stories to publishers and agents, as well as promoting The Peddler’s Bed.

What’s your favorite picture book, besides your own, of course?!

This is difficult to answer because I love so many, both classic and new. But here’s an extremely short list: More recent favorites: Hey, Duck and Just a Duck by Carin Bramsen, Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski, Moonlight by Helen Griffith, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, and all of the Goose and Bear series by Suzanne Bloom. For classics: Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, The Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, which pairs poet Robert Frost’s words with the dreamy illustrations of Susan Jeffers.

To read more by Lauri Fortino, check out her blog: Frog on a Blog.