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We are excited to share with you the cover of this beautiful book coming in the spring of 2019.
About the Book
Can empathy be taught? The importance of empathy and its impact are explored in A Girl Named October. The title character, October, is ever present as the narrator navigates a life without realizing how even the smallest memories, interactions, and expressions can impact a very large, and often imposing, world. Touching the world is no longer an abstract idea, but a concrete action that reveals how everything we do affects everyone around us.
Lighthearted in its approach, but powerful in its message, A Girl Named October tells a story that will spur conversations with children and adults alike.
About the Author/Illustrator
Zakieh A. Mohammed has always felt fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational stories found along the boulevards of Chicago, the hills of Pennsylvania, and the villages of the Middle East. An educator for over twenty years, she is an award-winning teacher and Chicago public school administrator. Zakieh resides with her family in Chicago.
Andrea Tripke is a German-born illustrator. In 2003, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream in the arts. Andrea received her formal education as an artist at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. She lives in Florida with her husband, Dirk; her daughter, Lily Blu; and her incredibly stubborn Lhasa apso, Frankie. Visit her website at andreatripke.com.
Many thanks to Julie Danielson at BookPage for the sweet review of SEB AND THE SUN!
In this warm story about a cold place (a “sleepy coastal town far in the north”), a boy named Seb misses the sun, which is altogether absent during the winter. Seb loves to find treasures on the shore, like washed-up bottles, and he wants to bring the sun to his town, if only briefly.
Seb formulates a plan and gathers supplies from his neighbors, and he and his pet walrus row out to sea. After attaching some rope, yarn and fishing line to a bucket, Seb hurls it across the water, well past the edges of the page and into the next spread. Not seeing any immediate results, Seb falls asleep in the boat and wakes to his bucket filled with sunlight. He carefully pours it into the empty bottles he’s collected at the beach and returns home to distribute his little vessels of sunshine to all of his neighbors.
It would be hard to keep such a dark, shadowy palette interesting, but author-illustrator Jami Gigot uses a light touch (so to speak)—Northern lights, white snows and the lights of the town illuminate the pages. Gigot’s detailed drawings of Seb’s neighbors at work are the heart of the tale. Readers grow to care for them as Seb does. His impressive bucket toss on the water provides a funny, hyperbolic moment of charm in an otherwise dark story. How this considerate boy catches the sunlight is a mystery to readers, Gigot leaves to our imagination the moment in which the bucket lands. But what matters is that Seb cared enough about his community to do so.
Check out a sneak peek of this beautiful book coming to stores March 20, 2018.
Read more about the author, Jami Gigot, and see all the rave reviews: http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/#/seb-and-the-sun/
Do you have an idea for a picture book? Maybe even more than an idea and you’re wondering what to do with it? In this interactive workshop with RGP President Rob Broder you will learn about the booming children’s book publishing industry, how to work your idea into a submission-ready story, and how to go about submitting your story to publishers. Wherever you are in your journey of writing or illustrating for children, come learn the process with someone who learned from the ground up.
Monday, February 26, 2018 from 6:30–8:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Allison Room, Corvallis, Oregon
(Use 9th St. parking lot entrance.)
Visit the Willamette Writers website for details.
We started Ripple Grove Press to bring beautiful and timeless books to life. But we also want to make a difference in the lives of children. So we teamed up with the Children’s Book Bank (CBB) in Portland, OR, to start a book donation drive called “The Ripple Effect.” We want to put a book in every young child's hands. The Children’s Book Bank makes that possible.
They reach low-income neighborhoods, where the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children, far below the ratio of 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods. The Children's Book Bank closes this book gap by gathering tens of thousands of new and gently-used books from the community each year and engaging hundreds of volunteers to help clean, sort, and distribute the books to low-income children, free of charge. Since 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has delivered over 510,000 books to over 41,000 local children in need, giving these kids tools to develop the language skills they need to become future readers, learners, and citizens. We want this reach to go as far as possible. We have collected over 3000 books in the two years we have been doing this. Please help us make a difference.
Please donate new and used books. Hardcover or softcover. One book or 100. We’ll find a new home for your books. And for every Ripple Grove Press book bought and sent to us for CBB in the month of February, we'll match it.
Please help us by sending children’s picture books to:
Ripple Grove Press
PO Box 86740
Portland, OR 97286
For more information on CBB visit www.childrensbookbank.org.
Thank you for your support and helping us in this drive. Hopefully we’ll create a story to tell.