PRESIDENT Julie Merberg began her publishing career 30 years ago as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster—which now handles sales and distribution for Downtown Bookworks. Many years as an editor and then as a packager led her to launch Downtown Bookworks as a book packaging company in 2005. But it was her experience as a mother of 4 boys that compelled her to start a children's publishing company with the mission of keeping kids engaged in reading and the world around them. The list reflects her passions—science and nature, the arts, girl power (and her husband's passion—super heroes). She has written many of our books including My First Book of Feminism (for Boys), Baby’s First Eames, My First Book of Girl Power, and My First Jewish Baby Book. Julie lives in Tribeca with her husband, their sons, and a rescue mutt named Alvy who sleeps under her desk and protects her from delivery people.
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Working on infotainment titles such as the annual TIME for Kids Almanac has made history buff Sarah Parvis the go-to gal when it comes to all things trivia. She is also Downtown Bookworks’ resident puzzlemaster, having worked on hundreds of picture puzzles for LIFE magazine, TIME for Kids, and Sports Illustrated Kids. Before joining Downtown Bookworks, Sarah Parvis had a bustling freelance career as a writer, researcher, and photo editor (skills that have come in very handy!). She has written Ghost Towns, Haunted Hotels, Creepy Castles, The Quotable Feast, Good Girls Finish Last, and The Kennedy Mystique, and handled the photo research for projects ranging from science to Stetson hats to America’s First Ladies.
ART DIRECTOR Georgia Rucker combines eye-catching color combos, pop-sensibility, and a love of legibility to create books with wide appeal. In addition to art directing and designing the full line of Downtown Bookworks titles, Georgia has also illustrated a few of them including: GIRL CEO, My Favorite Shoes, My Favorite Purse, and the Allegra Biscotti books. She loves working on books for a younger audience as she has two kids of her own (who like to give their own over-the-shoulder art direction.) In addition to DTBWP's titles, she has designed other books including the TIME for Kids Almanac, Kardashian Konfidential, Deal With It, and many more.
EDITORIAL /MARKETING ASSOCIATE Sara DiSalvo
EDITORIAL /MARKETING ASSISTANT Samantha Guss joined Downtown Bookworks after graduating from Vassar College in 2017 with a degree in American Studies. She makes herself useful by proofreading and fact-checking manuscripts, performing photo research, and posting on social media. She lives with her partner in Brooklyn, where she brews her own kombucha.