Behind the Scenes: Monday is Wash Day

We love sharing behind the scenes work on our books. It's amazing the time and energy our creative authors and illustrators spend to make stories come to life.

Monday is Wash Day is especially amazing. Illustrator Tessa Blackham spent countless hours working on these intricate hand painted cut paper collages. Visit her website to read and see the process of making Monday is Wash Day.

Monday is Wash Day will be in stores September 27, 2016.

Salad Pie Review

Maggie dancing with her salad pie.

Maggie dancing with her salad pie.

We are excited to share another great review for Salad Pie from School Library Journal.

Maggie believes the only way to make salad pie is in the park by herself. There should be no noise and, most importantly, no help. Herbert’s appearance makes her grumpy at first, but when she realizes she can’t scare him away, she reluctantly allows him to help add a garnish or two to her dandelion, crab apple, and clover salad. When Maggie falls off the slide performing her salad song-and-dance routine, Herbert is there to catch her and the salad. The qualities anyone would want in a friend are clearly visible in Herbert at that moment. The characters in this story are old enough to go to the park by themselves, and they appear to be of different racial backgrounds. Maggie might be considered a loner, but when Herbert impresses her with his imaginative culinary skills, she is willing to change her plans for the day and make a new friend. After reading this book, take a child outside and see what they can invent with the ingredients they find in the yard or on a walk. VERDICT A fine addition to collections in need of imaginative friendship tales.–Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

Write to Publish Conference this Saturday!

We are very excited to be a part of this local writing conference this Saturday. Organized by Ooligan Press. Affiliated with Portland State University, Ooligan is a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Check out the program here.  And stop by to buy some books, talk writing for children, children's publishing, and meet Ripple Grove Press.

Ripple Grove Press is going to be on Portlandia!

Well, not us exactly, but our books are going to be on Portlandia! 

We are excited to announce our books were used in a skit for the hit show Portlandia! Check out the still shot with Carrie reading Mae and the Moon. And don't miss The Gentleman Bat on the nightstand.

Season 6 of Portlandia starts January 21, and you can see our books in action in episode 3, airing on February 4.

Ripple Grove Press Acquires Rights to Harry Chapin Lyrics

Photo: Harry Chapin photo (c) Robert Berkowitz/

Photo: Harry Chapin photo (c) Robert Berkowitz/

Ripple Grove Press is proud to announce they have acquired the rights to make the Harry Chapin song, Mr. Tanner, into a children’s picture book.  To be illustrated by Bryan Langdo, Mr. Tanner is currently scheduled for a fall 2017 release.

In the story, Mr. Tanner (who will be illustrated as a bear) runs a dry cleaning shop in the Midwest and sings to his customers. They praise him for having such a beautiful voice and encourage him to sing professionally instead of cleaning clothes. Mr. Tanner decides to take the chance and rents out a hall in New York City, only to find the critics didn’t take to what he was feeling.

Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was a legendary American folk singer and storyteller. He is well known for his folk rock songs, including the #1 hit Cat’s in the Cradle. Chapin was also a humanitarian who fought to end world hunger.

Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of over thirty books. His picture book Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat won a 2012 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. He recently illustrated Salad Pie by Wendy BooydeGraaff. (Ripple Grove Press, 2016).