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, 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.


Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is a co-founder of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the All The Wonders podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner or online at AllTheWonders.com.

Blake Hamilton


Blake Hamilton is a children’s author, filmmaker, and co-founder of All The Wonders. His short films have screened at festivals around the world, and his clients have ranged from television networks like CBS, NBC, and HBO to organizations like Princeton University 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 at @blakehamilton or online at AllTheWonders.com.

meet the team

Hannah Barnaby


Hannah Barnaby is a former children’s book editor and indie bookseller turned author. Her debut young adult novel was a William C. Morris Award finalist and her second novel received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Hannah will make her picture book debut in 2017. In the meantime, she teaches creative writing to students of all ages in Charlottesville, VA, where she lives with her family. You can find her at www.hannahbarnaby.com and follow her on Twitter at @hannahrbarnaby.

Mike Ciccotello


Mike is an aspiring children’s book illustrator. He received a BFA with a concentration in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has 13 years experience working as a motion graphic designer at CNN and Fox Business Network. Mike is currently the Art and Design Director at Telos Corporation and is a member of SCBWI. You can see more of Mike’s art online at Ciccotello.com.

Lauren Davis


Lauren Davis lives in Miami with her husband and two young boys. After eleven years as an attorney, Lauren recently became an elementary library media specialist by day; by night she is an aspiring writer, avid reader, and newly-minted 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. Lauren shares children’s literature reviews and other bookish fun on Instagram @happily.ever.elephants , on Twitter @KidLitLaurenand and on her blog, www.happilyeverelephants.com.

Carter Higgins


Carter is a librarian at an independent school in Los Angeles. She is the author of A Rambler Steals Home (HMH, 2016) and two forthcoming picture books from Chronicle Books. She is an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist whose career has covered all the nooks and crannies of visual storytelling. She writes about picture books and graphic design at her blog, Design of the Picture Book, and you can find her on Twitter @carterhiggins.

Katey Howes


Katey Howes writes books for children and blogs about raising kids who love to read. She’s passionate about equipping caregivers with the tools they need to engage and excite the next generation of readers. Katey’s first two picture books, Grandmother Thorn (Ripple Grove Press) and Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe (Sterling) release in Fall 2017. Katey is former physical therapist, a current Girl Scout leader, and mother to three wild and wonderful girls. You can often find Katey in her basement, where there is a small office, a large castle, and a medium-sized trebuchet. Alternately, look for her online at kateyhowes.com or on Twitter@Kateywrites.

Mel Schuit


Mel is a picture book author, illustrator, and enthusiast with an MA in children’s Literature, an MFA in Writing for Children, and a BA in Studio Art. She’s currently querying her first picture book about Penelope, a pineapple who is trying to find a creative solution to a very spiky problem. Mel can be found blogging about picture book design and illustration over at LetsTalkPictureBooks.com, and you can join in on the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @Spiky_Penelope.

Jess Townes


Jess Townes is a freelance writer and aspiring children’s book author. Before writing for children, she worked in public education and non-profit program development, with an emphasis on building community partnerships. Jess currently serves as ARA of SCBWI-Missouri, and blogs about children’s literature, parenting, and creating an intentional home at www.jesstownes.com. You can find her on Twitter @JessicaTownes.

Brian Won


A Chicago native, Brian graduated from California’s Art Center College of Design with an honorary ninth term before co-founding National Television, a design and animation company.  Brian’s awards include the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and the 2012 Mentorship Award from the SCBWI. His debut book, Hooray for Hat!, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can find more of his work at brianwon.com

Daniel Doyle


Daniel is a Web Designer, Developer and Project Coordinator based in Kelowna, BC.Daniel has years of experience working both in a creative agency and as a part-time freelancer designing websites, working with WordPress templates and managing mid-sized websites. With a B.A. in Film Production from York University and a Diploma from Niagara College in New Media Web Design, Daniel brings aspects of his Fine Arts background and combines them with practical project management and coding expertise.

A self-proclaimed multipotentialite, Daniel can also be found working as a photographer, video editor, cake designer and
baker; a wide range of skills and abilities that can bring fresh perspective into any project.

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Every page turn is an opportunity to experience wonder. Let’s not waste a single one.