About all the wonders
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All The Wonders is a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways. It is an entertainment channel, a variety show, and a modern library all wrapped up into one digital home.
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We at All The Wonders are a collective of working writers, podcasters, filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists who feel that great books deserve a life beyond the shelf. We believe that children make a more lasting connection with a story when they can experience it in various forms. Therefore, our goal is to expand the universe of the books we love by offering up podcasts, videos, songs, crafts, and much more, all centered on those great works of literature and the people who make them. This content, we hope, will inspire not just a new generation of bookworms, but a new generation of book creators as well.
Every page turn is an opportunity to experience wonder. Let’s not waste a single one.
meet the team
Blake Hamilton is a writer, filmmaker, and president of All The Wonders. His short films have screened at festivals around the world, and his clients have ranged from television networks such as CBS, NBC, and HBO to organizations like Logitech, AOL, and The White House. Blake currently lives in New Jersey where he writes picture books, middle grade fiction, and media content, all while fathering a curly-haired-pirate-fairy and her minion. Connect with Blake on twitter at @blakehamilton or at AllTheWonders.com.
Corrina Allen is a 5th grade teacher in Central New York, mom of two tween girls, and one of the organizers of MGBookVillage. She is passionate about helping kids discover who they are as readers and connecting them with their next favorite book. Corrina is the host of All the Wonders This Week and Books Between – a podcast to help teachers, parents, and librarians connect children between 8 and 12 to books they’ll love. You can find her on Twitter at @corrinaaallen or Instagram at @Corrina_Allen.
Hannah Barnaby is the author of the young adult novels Wonder Show and Some of the Parts, and the picture books Bad Guy (illustrated by Mike Yamada) and Garcia & Colette Go Exploring (illustrated by Andrew Joyner). She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons and College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (She really likes going to school.) A former children’s book editor and indie bookseller, Hannah was the first-ever children’s-writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Hannah now lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her family and two unruly dogs. You can find her on Instagram @hannahbarnaby or on Facebook @hannahrodgersbarnaby.
After twelve years as an attorney, Lauren Bercuson gave up the law to pursue her passion for children’s literature. She is now an elementary library media specialist, and after her two boys are tucked away in bed, she is an aspiring writer, avid reader, and blogger. Lauren has a not-so-secret obsession with books of all kind, and her greatest joy is watching her kids fall in love with wondrous stories. On her blog, Happily Ever Elephants, Lauren shares book lists for kids of all ages, from board books to picture books to middle grade books for tweens. You can also find her on Instagram @happily.ever.elephants and Twitter @HEElephants.
Brian Gonsar is a children’s book writer and an award-winning Executive Producer. He has produced a wide range of projects including TV commercials, Super Bowl commercials, feature films, music videos, digital executions, live events, websites, apps, animation, and influencer-focused projects.
A self-proclaimed donut aficionado, Brian also write a donut blog called The Donut Hunter. When he’s not writing or creating visual content, Brian’s either hanging with his wife and daughter in NJ or reliving his glory days on the soccer field. You can find Brian at bgonsar.com, bgonsarbooks.com, or on Instagram at @bgonsar and Twitter at @bgonsar.
Julie Hamilton is a poet, educator, and aspiring novelist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Secondary Education from Indiana University, her Master’s of Arts degree from New York University, and participated in a writing-residency program at the University of Oxford. When she was nine Julie penned her first story about a monster, Bim-Bam-Boo, who lived in a zoo. It was published by her second grade teacher as a class project and she has been writing ever since. She believes books matter; they remind children that every story has a voice, and every voice deserves to be heard. So after fifteen years in education, Julie is now a full-time Wonderer. She lives with her husband and seafaring co-captain, Blake, their first-mate daughter, and a stowaway in Maplewood, New Jersey. She can be reached on Twitter @JulieLyHamilton.
Chris Harrington is an illustrator, writer, storyteller who currently resides in New Jersey. Chris spends his days doodling on paper, scribbling down words and his passion for doing so has only grown stronger since creating his finger painting masterpiece in marinara sauce. Some years later that led Chris to earning his BFA in (Communications Design – Illustration) from Pratt Institute. He has then worked within the children’s market spanning educational videos, to designing novelty figurines, to custom illustrative stationery…Chris is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and he is currently pursuing authoring and illustrating picture books. You can find Chris’ illustration work at www.cshillustration.com or say hello @cshillustration.
Carter Higgins is the author of Bikes for Sale (with Zachariah Ohora), Everything You Need For a Treehouse (with Emily Hughes), and This is Not a Valentine (with Lucy Ruth Cummins). She is an Emmy-winning visual effects artist and spent a decade as an elementary school librarian. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @carterhiggins.
Katey Howes is the author of Be A Maker (with Elizabet Vuković), Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe (with Valerio Fabretti), and Grandmother Thorn (with Rebecca Hahn.) She’s also a fun mother, avid maker, and proud geek. Katey loves physics and biology, reads everything from classic children’s lit to modern neuroscience, and has strong opinions about commas. A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury rehabilitation, Katey now divides her time between writing and raising kids with a love of books. You can generally find Katey on her screened porch with a notebook and a bowl of Moose Munch – or find her on Twitter @kateywrites and on Instagram @kidlitlove.
Jarod Roselló is a Cuban American writer, cartoonist, and teacher. He is the author of graphic novels for children and adults, including The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) be Found, Red Panda & Moon Bear, and the forthcoming Those Bears. Jarod holds an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in language and literacy studies, both from The Pennsylvania State University. Originally from Miami, he now lives in Tampa, Florida, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of South Florida. You can find him online at www.jarodrosello.com or on Twitter and Instagram @jarodrosello.
Jess Townes is a children’s writer and avid reader. She currently serves as the Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI Kansas/Missouri. Her professional background includes work in public education, non-profit program development, doula/lactation services, and freelance writing. She lives outside St. Louis with her husband, two children, two cats, a fifty-pound lap dog, and a large, unruly garden. You can find her at www.jesstownes.com or on Twitter @JessicaTownes.