Engage Books strives to publish books that make a difference; books that help children think critically about the world. Our goal is to help children become informed and engaged citizens who can help make the world a better place. Our books go beyond reporting on typical facts. They teach children about the broader world and the impacts their individual and collective actions have.
Part of educating children to become informed citizens means making them aware of social issues to help them understand the world they are set to inherit. We hope that by informing children about these issues, we can inspire them to come up with solutions for them as they grow older. We believe in speaking to children as creative and imaginative individuals who may one day change the world.
All children deserve access to information that will help them grow and thrive in a fast-changing world. Our books are available in more than 20 different languages so all children have the tools they need to better understand their world.
We believe in the philosophy that you should practice what you preach. As such, Engage Books has not pulped a single book since its creation in 2008 in an effort to decrease our impact on the environment.
Alexis Roumanis – Publisher
Alexis Roumanis graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program in 2009. Engage Books was founded on his master’s thesis, A Lean Start-Up: Building Engage Books as a Publisher in the 21st Century. Since then, Alexis has edited hundreds of children’s books, and written more than 100 educational books. His audience includes children in grades K-12 as well as university students. Alexis lives with his wife and three young boys in Oliver, British Columbia, Canada. He enjoys the outdoors, reading a good book, and has a passion for learning new things.
Alexis believes in helping his local community. He is a board member of Oliver Tourism, through which he has spearheaded Oliver’s Wine Barrel Program. He is also a member of Oliver’s Downtown Advisory Committee.
Dayna Martin – Content Development
Dayna Martin is the author of The Baby’s Handbook, The Toddler’s Handbook, The Preschooler’s Handbook, and The Kindergartener’s Handbook, which are some of Engage Books’ most popular children’s books. The ideas in her books were inspired by her search to find better ways to teach her children, and her experiences have inspired her to create resources to help other families. Dayna is passionate about developing new content that will inspire the next generation of young readers.
Sarah Harvey – Editor
Sarah became an editor after many years of working as a bookseller, columnist and reviewer. She has also taught courses on writing, editing and publishing. Sarah was an editor at Orca Book Publishers for thirteen years before she (semi)-retired to become a freelance editor. She is also the author of a baker’s dozen of books for young readers (board book to YA). When she’s not reading, writing or editing, Sarah runs around after her three grandchildren, does yoga, (to counteract the effects of running around after small children), walks, draws and meditates.
Melody Sun – Executive Assistant
Melody Sun graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program in 2020. She has always been interested in children’s books and young adult novels, especially the ones written by creators from marginalized communities. Melody’s thesis, Changing Catalogues: Understanding the Influence of the OwnVoices Movement on Canadian Children’s Book Publishers, specifically examines how the OwnVoices trend shaped the current Canadian children’s literature. Melody was a bookseller who also self-published her own book before working at Engage Books. She hopes to make the world a better place by bringing high-quality books to kids. Melody lives in Vancouver, BC. In addition to reading, she loves writing, dancing, and exploring local indie bookstores.
Ava Podmorow – Intern
Ava is attending Okanagan College to study for an Associate of Arts diploma. After that she will continue her education, with the goal of becoming a teacher or a broadcast journalist. Ava is an intern at Engage Books and is thrilled to be writing for a children’s book publisher.
Anna Kraemer – Designer
Anna Kraemer has always been a book lover. She graduated from Grant MacEwan University in June 2022 from the Bachelor of Design program. Throughout her studies, she has developed interests and skills in the many branches of design. Her specialties include publication design, photography, visual narrative, design research, and motion graphics. One of the things she loves about design is the creative and diverse expression that can bring beauty and power to the reader. The idea of designing a physical piece that can be shared with everyone is exciting, fulfilling, and brings her joy. Anna lives in Edmonton, AB. In addition to reading and designing, she loves to explore the outdoors, crocheting and fibre arts, music, and hanging out with her family and dog, Daisy.
Ashley Lee – Writer
Ashley Lee graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program in 2021. Her master’s thesis, Towards a Better Future: How Engage Books Creates Books That Make a Difference, explores the underlying philosophy of Engage Books. Ashley is a literary editor and children’s book author who has a passion for books that tackle social issues. Ashley lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys exploring the outdoors, volunteering with children’s programs, and doing arts and crafts.
We acknowledge the traditional and unceded territory of the Sukenagin and Smelgimx people – they have lived on these lands since time immemorial, the land in which we now live, love and learn on.