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Casey W. Robinson and Rob Broder (The Children's Book Podcast #485)

January 18, 2019



Rob Broder (@RGrovePress) is the co-founder of Ripple Grove Press, an independent, family-run children's book publisher. Ripple Grove's passion for well-told and beautifully illustrated stories for children comes out in its titles and their mission is to bring together great writers and talented illustrators to make the most wonderful books possible is something I think you'l see evidenced in our conversation. Joining us also is Casey W. Robinson (@CaseyWRobinson), author of IVER & ELLSWORTH, which published in 2018 from Ripple Grove Press. In the story, an elderly building manager says goodbye to an inflated rooftop polar bear. This quirky story friendship speaks to what it means to be seen and what it means to be loved. Hearing the journey of a story from idea to publication at a small press captures a certain sense of intimacy and wonder, and I think much of that is captured in this conversation conversation. We also talk about some of Ripple Grove’s other books including THE FULL HOUSE AND THE EMPTY HOUSE, a picture book debut by LK James that has already taken center stage in our elementary school library. 




From a factory rooftop, Iver and his good friend Ellsworth (a rooftop bear) are content to watch the busy world below.


“Everyone’s going somewhere,” Iver says. “We can see the whole world from up here. That’s enough somewhere for me.”


But after Iver retires, the friends must venture out in search of a new somewhere. Of course, the very best views are those you share with an old pal.







Casey W. Robinson writes stories for children. But not always about children. Her first picture book is about an old man named Iver who is very good friends with a giant inflatable bear named Ellsworth.


Casey grew up in Maine and used to keep a shoe box of favorite words and phrases under her bed. She now lives with her three daughters in Maynard, Massachusetts. They live in a yellow house overflowing with books.


Learn more about Casey at


And purchase any one of Casey W. Robinson's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.

Ripple Grove Press is an independent, family-run children's book publisher. 


We started Ripple Grove Press because we have a passion for well-told and beautifully illustrated stories for children. 


Our mission is to bring together great writers and talented illustrators to make the most wonderful books possible.  


We hope our books find their way to the cozy spot in your home.


Learn more about Ripple Grove Press and their books at








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