About Us

Teaching a young child about the ducklings, chicks, and calves that all live together in the barn is fine, especially if you happen to be rearing that child with his seven siblings on a farm…in 1930. However, our children are being raised in the 21st Century in a world filled with pop stars, turmoil, and grande mocha lattes. This is why we three dads – Brad, Marc and Robert – founded Need To Know Publishing and created the What Every Child Needs To Know series of board books for young readers and pre-readers: to explain adult society to young children. Using honesty, integrity, simplicity, and, when appropriate, humor, the What Every Child Needs To Know series tackles the issues and icons that color day-to-day life. These books are the perfect way to introduce young children to a favorite artist, to start a conversation about a difficult topic, or just to explain why we adults are the way we are.

R. Bradley Snyder

R. Bradley Snyder, Ed.M., is a recognized expert on the behaviors and preferences of children and adolescents. Trained in research methods and developmental psychology, he is best known for his work with children and youth, ranging from usability testing with hemophilic teenagers, to pilot testing for Cartoon Network, to conducting focus groups with youth inside juvenile prisons and has won the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University. Brad is the author of numerous studies and is a regular speaker at conferences. His parenting book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, is being described as an “urgent ‘must-read’” by experts. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

Marc Engelsgjerd

Marc Engelsgjerd, M.D., oversees the oncology practice of a healthcare consultancy and has served as Director of Clinical Affairs at Veritas Medicine. Dr. Engelsgjerd graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona and received his medical degree from UCSF. He lives in New York City.

Robert Kempe

With nearly 20 years of publishing experience, Robert Kempe co-founded the boutique imprint Seven Footer Kids and as its associate publisher, edited and/or acquired three Parents Choice Gold Award-winning books, two Cybils shortlist titles, as well as two books named as American Library Association YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.

Cindy Interdonato

Cindy has been working as a graphic designer for over 10 years.  She has completed projects for entities such as the U.S. Justice Department, Pfizer, Viagra, Xbox, Blackberry (RIM) along with many local for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Her projects include, but are not limited to, corporate branding, brochures, mailers, website design, posters, banners, publication design, and many other print and digital designs. In 2011 Cindy started 58designs.  58designs is a graphic design firm creating visual communications through corporate branding, print design, publication design, and web design.

Pint Size Productions

Pint SizeOnce upon a time, so the story goes, a pint size factory in upstate New York sat and watched as printers from around the world made board books for children. “Oh,” thought the little plant. “If only I could make these wonderful little books right here in United States. There would be no more waiting or worrying about producing their board books in far away places.” That little factory became Pint Size Productions, the only printer of board books in the U.S. Pint Size Productions is a family-owned business that is committed to quality, kids and the environment. In other words, they are just like us! Need To Know Publishing is proud to have all of our books printed in the U.S. by Pint Size Productions. Check them out. They are kind of great.