Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 27, 2013

Looking for Picture Books Ripple Grove Press and Happy Chanukah

I know. I know. Chanukah is not until tomorrow, but I thought each illustration this week deserved to be shown off with their own day. Hope you enjoy this fun illustration by Amalia Hoffman, helping me wish all my Jewish friends a Happy Chanukah a day early.

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Amalia Hoffman is the author and illustrator of several picture books including The Klezmer Bunch and Purim Goodies. She also illustrated Friday Night with the Pope, written by Jacques J.M. Shore. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday September 18, 2010.


Ripple Grove Press is a family-owned children’s picture book publisher. We are looking for picture driven stories for children aged 2-6. Please do not send early readers, middle grade, or YA manuscripts. No religious or holiday themed stories.

Their mission is to create picture books that come from life experiences, elegant imagination, and the deep down passion in our hearts.

They want each Ripple Grove Press book to enlighten a child’s mind with fun and wonder.

They look for stories that flow word to word, where we cannot wait to read the next line. They search for art that complements the narrative; whichever medium is used, they look to create magic that shines on each page.

They believe that reading is an amazing way to grow, learn, and bond with a child.

Ripple Grove Press searches for a powerful “timeless” feel in each book they publish. Their stories will make you laugh or think or keep you guessing and dreaming. They want something unique, sweet, funny, colorful, playful, charming, different, creative. We’re looking for a story that captures a moment or a story so well told you don’t notice the underlying message or moral.

Submission Guidelines:

They accept submissions by mail and email, as attachments.

Submit a cover letter including a summary of your story, an age range for the audience, a brief biography of yourself, and contact information. Please submit your manuscript as a PDF attachment.
If submitting by mail include a SASE to have your materials returned.


When submitting artwork DO NOT send original art. Send samples with a brief biography of yourself with contact information.

Send PDFs to

Send submissions to:

Ripple Grove Press
Attn: Submissions
PO Box 491
Hubbardston, MA 01452

They ask you to allow 3 months for them to review your submission.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I’ve been enjoying every illustration you post, Kathy 🙂 And Happy Hannukah to all who celebrate 🙂


  2. Actually it’s perfect because Chanukah begins at sundown today! 🙂


  3. Amalia is also a great critiquer and nice person! Thanks to the NJ SCBWI I got to meet her at the June conference.


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