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"Once upon a branch there lived an inchworm named Ivan.... it's not that he couldn't stretch a full inch, he just didn't want to..."

We understand the reality of under enthusiastic children when something is asked -- and under-motivated adults when we need to do something! We wanted to bring this lesson to life in a book! Neither of us ever thought we would be a children's book author or illustrator. But here we are. This endearing story can be applied to all ages - we are excited to put this in print!

-Jason & Kallie

 

Ivan books in the > store

If you are ordering more than 10 books please contact us - We’re happy to give a discount!


Ivan the 1/2 Inch Worm is available online at any of these distributors.

ENDORSEMENTS

Very cute! A sweet story with simple pictures for motivating the overly-comfortable child towards an A for (a full inch of) effort. Love this idea!
— Ruth E Harper, Illustrator of New York Times Best Seller "The Kissing Hand"
..Not only is this a beautiful story with an important message, the illustrations are adorable, expressive, and engaging. An excellent offering on the importance of pushing past self-imposed limits and realizing your full potential - a lesson all of us need to remember from time to time.
— Kellie Jensen, Children's Librarian, Mason City Public Library
We all need people in life who will remind us who we are and what we are capable of. And that’s exactly what Jason has done with this book. Not only for our children, but also with us parents as we read it to them.
— Seth Dahl, Author of "Win Win Parenting"
...such a sweet reminder to stretch yourself and to do your best!
— Jordon Saltou, Herbalife Coach
We had the chance to read Ivan the 1/2 Inch Worm as a family... and there was an easy consensus that it’s a hit! While being extremely creative, the story also conveys a catchy, easy-to-apply lesson.
— Alyssa Bartek, Content Manager, Striv
This is a great reminder to all ages regardless of what you hope to achieve. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Kevin Halle, Director of Admissions Wayne State College
I’m so excited for others to join in on this sweet story. Simple but applicable life lesson that any age can relate to...
— Quinn Stryker, Operations Manager | Photographer


We understand the reality of under enthusiastic children when something is asked -- and under-motivated adults when we need to do something! We wanted to bring this lesson to life in a book! Neither of us ever thought we would be a children's book author or illustrator. But here we are. This endearing story can be applied to all ages - we are excited to put this in print!

-Jason & Kallie

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We love to introduce and read Ivan! Schedule Jason or Kallie to come read to your class or library by filling out the form below.

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Jason Gangwish

(Author)

Jason can be found carrying a camera, a guitar, a child or two, and a cup of coffee, all at the same time. As a child and now as a father, nature has proven to be his favorite classroom. He pleasantly combines nature and nurture in his first children’s book, “Ivan the ½ Inch Worm.”

Jason, lives in Iowa, with his wife and their five young sons.

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Kallie Cooper

(Illustrator)

Kallie has a Mary Poppins bag of talents. She loves photography, music, organizing, family, and art! She is what some may call a “graphic ninja”, . she is fantastic at putting words to art and capturing the essence of a story.

Kallie and her husband live in Colorado with their two sons.