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Our Team

Tish Rabe, Author and Publisher

Tish Rabe (Robby) is a bestselling children’s book author, singer/songwriter and Emmy Award winning television producer. She has written over 180 books for Sesame Street, Disney, Curious George, Clifford, Blue’s Clues and many more. After the death of Dr. Seuss, she was selected to write “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library” a series of science books for early readers with over 8 million copies sold to date. Her book “There’s No Place Like Space” is on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list every year. She has also written children’s songs for broadcast on Fox KIDS, Nickelodeon and PBS Kids and has been an Animation Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment and HBO Family.

Jennifer A. Perry, Executive Editor

Jennifer has spent her career creating educational resources and experiences for all ages as a publisher, editor, museum educator, nonprofit consultant and teacher. She is currently Director of Audiobooks at Barnes & Noble. Jennifer was Vice President and Publisher at Sesame Street, where she was responsible for creating thousands of books and other educational media resources with worldwide licensing partners. She was Editorial Director for Scholastic, and is the Founder and Executive Director of PEP Consulting, which helps education-focused organizations develop and distribute high-quality content including books, apps, video, curriculum and more for kids and families. She has a Master’s degree from the Winterthur Museum Program.

Jowill Woodman, Art Director

Jowill Woodman art directs and designs all the children’s books, promotional, marketing, and sales materials for Tish Rabe Books. He established Woodman Creative after honing his strategy and design skills with commercial clients. His focus is now on organizations, like Sesame Workshop, Boys & Girls Club, Prospect Park Alliance, and initiatives that lift up families and communities. Awards for design excellence include the CTAM Silver Mark, Print Award, BMA ACE, GDUSA, and PBS Best Promotion.

Donna Collins, Business Development Partner

Donna Collins creates partnerships and strategic collaborations with businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. She was responsible for raising start-up funding for Barney & Friends for PBS, developed a multi-media child safety campaign called For Kids’ Sake for Post-Newsweek and co-founded Operation Respect, an anti bullying safe school program with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. She was the first woman to be selected as Chair of the Connecticut Broadcaster’s Association, sits on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s Prevention Partnership which works to prevent underage substance use and is the Associate Editor of the Hartford Journal’s Giving Guide that connects businesses with nonprofits.

Gill Guile, Illustrator

Gill Guile is an award-winning illustrator who has written over 50 children’s books and illustrated over 600 which have been published in 24 countries for HarperCollins, Scholastic, Little Tiger Press, Igloo Books, Brown Watson and Kidsbooks. Tish and Gill met while creating the popular Huff and Puff books for HarperCollins. Gill’s breathtaking, hand painted illustrations are also featured in Sweet Dreams Ahead Time for Bed, a gentle storybook and lullaby that helps children get to sleep and Read to Me! a little booklet that encourages parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to read to their children produced by Tish Rabe Books. Gill lives in England and received a first class honors degree in Graphic Design from Birmingham College of Art.

Susan McCann, Project Manager

Susan McCann worked at Sesame Workshop in the Education, Research and Outreach department for the Sesame Street series for twenty years. She is currently the Box Office Manager for the historic, award-winning Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut, ran her own independent book store and has co-produced successful and popular "Big Book Getaway" events, which featured bestselling authors from across the United States. 

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