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Anthony Scuderi Author/Music Educator

Anthony Scuderi is a Music Educator and has used original compositions, improvisations and his natural creativity to educate students for over ten years. Anthony has a B.A. and M.M. in Music Composition. In addition to his career as an educator, Anthony has composed for rock bands, films, video games, a staged musical, chamber ensembles, and more. He currently lives and teaches music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anthony brings music to SundanceKid Press with an original composition to accompany his story 'Pepperoni Pizza Pie,' a tale of multicultural cuisines.

Andrea Fernandez
Andrea Fernandez Blog Writer

Andrea C. Fernandez graduated May 2016 from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Communications Studies and Mexican-American Studies. Andrea has always been very passionate about her Mexican origins and traditions and very much advocates for the idea of cultural appreciation. She enjoys performing Mexican folkloric dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family. Andrea currently works as an Account Coordinator with Univision Communications.

Naafi Nur Rohma Author/Illustrator

Naafi Nur Rohma is an Indonesian illustrator of Java ethnic origins who currently resides in Indonesia. In 2014, Naafi graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts - Surakarta, with a major in Television & Film. Naafi continues her graduate studies at the Institute of the Arts, majoring in Film Studies. In her spare time, Ms. Nur Rohma is a freelance illustrator of children's books. In April, 2016, Naafi submitted her art for the Illustrator Wall at the 2016 Bologna Children's Book Fair and her illustrated books have been published in Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States. Naafi will be illustrating her first children’s book with SundanceKid Press, 'Putri and The Indonesian Peacock Dance.'

Monica Franco Blog Writer

Monica identifies as Mexican-American and grew up in Concord, California. After spending a year in Jalisco, Mexico during her sophomore year of high school, Monica realized how culture plays a tremendous role in a child's success in school. Ms. Franco graduated this May from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Mexican American Studies. She is an active member of “Grupo Folklorico Luna Y Sol de SJSU,” a Mexican-American folk-dance group that works to promote culture through dance.

Talia Aikens-Nuñez Author

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. Raising her bilingual children inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Her family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed to always live close to the water. They now live on a river in Connecticut. Talia is the author of our second picture-book, 'Colors of the Sun and Moon.'

Giorgiani Mathey Illustrator

Giorgiani Mathey is originally from Lima, Peru. She moved to California with her family in 2006 and graduated this May from San Jose State University with a B.A. degree in Fine Arts. She has been featured at the de Young Museum in San Fransisco, California for her detailed, sensitive touch on abstraction. Giorgiani illustrated SundanceKid Press's first children's book, 'The Pillow Thief.'