Bru Muller and Aina Dumlao: Friends! They are a the husband and wife team behind Undercurrent Media, a Los Angeles-based film production company that writes, produces, and edits short films and commercials. They’ve produced spots for Western Union, Secret, Head and Shoulders and Bayer, among others. They also make beautiful videos for WNDB.
Anya Steiner: Team member! She is a lifelong book lover, and has been dreaming up stories since before she could hold a pencil. A recent transplant to NYC, she can often be found strolling the park people-watching, or making some kind of delicious mess in her tiny kitchen. As an aspiring author, WNDB has inspired Anya to explore diversity even more in her writing.
Amitha Knight: Head of Social Media! She's a graduate of MIT and Tufts University, where she earned her medical degree. In 2012, she received the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award. While her parents were originally from South India, Dr. Knight was born and raised in the United States. She has lived in Texas and Arkansas and now lives in the Boston area with her one husband, two children, and two cats.
Danette Vigilante: Friend! She grew up in the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, New York. She now resides in Staten Island with her husband, two daughters, two puppies and a cat with a bad attitude. Danette is the author of THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON, a 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers award nominee, and SAVING BABY DOE, a 2014 pick for the New York Public Library 100 titles for Reading and Sharing list.
Maurene Goo: Team member! Maurene Goo is the author of Since You Asked…. She studied communication at the University of California, San Diego, and received a master’s degree in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She has very strong feelings about graphic design and houseplants. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a very old cat. Twitter: @mauxbot
Hannah Gomez: Team Member! She has an MA in children’s literature and an MS in library science from Simmons College in Boston. She lives and blogs in Northern California. Contact her via Twitter (@shgmclicious) or WordPress (mclicious.org).
Jennifer Mann: Team Member! She is the author of “The Sunny Sweet Series". Her historical fiction novel set during the Revolutionary War to be published by Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek in 2016. Jennifer’s short stories have been published by Highlights for Children. Jennifer holds a BA from Marymount Manhattan College and will begin work on her MFA in Writing for Children from VCFA. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in Boston with her children, cat, and husband listed in order of…
K. T. Horning: Team Member! She's Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been tracking multicultural literature since 1985. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, and she has served on numerous award committees. She is a past president of the ALA’s Association of Library Service to Children and of the United States Board on Books for Young People.
Colette D. Childers: Team Member! She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and is a former young adult services and academic librarian. As a specialist in the field of Education she built a library collection of curriculum materials, juvenile books, and teen literature that reflects Southern California’s rich cultural heritage. She is writing her first novel, and lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and one very spoiled dog. Twitter: @cd_childers
Tim Federle: Advisory Board! He grew up in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. Tim’s debut novel for kids, BETTER NATE THAN EVER was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and a best book of the year by Slate.com, Amazon, the American Booksellers Association, and Publishers Weekly. The sequel, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!, follows Nate Foster’s further adventures onstage and off.