Meet Our Team

LOIS BRIDGES

Executive Director

“For all children, and for all who love and inspire them—a world of possible awaits in the pages of a book.”

Prior to joining Bring Me A Book, Lois Bridges was the Vice-President and Publisher of professional books and resources at Scholastic, the Literacy Publisher at Heinemann Publishers, and the Director of Professional Publishing for The Galef Institute. She has served on the boards of Bring Me A Book, LitWorld, and on the Literacy Awards Board for the Library of Congress. Lois taught first grade on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in the Sonoran Desert and pursued her doctorate in Education with a focus in Language & Literacy and Applied Linguistics. While raising her three children, she taught graduate language and literacy courses at the University of California and California State University campuses in the San Francisco Bay area. She is the author or co-author of eight books, including Open a World of Possible, a tribute to the joy and power of literacy.

Rekha S. Rajan

Director of Research and Development

rekha.rajan@bringmeabook.org

Rekha S. Rajan, Ed.D. is a musical theater and operatic performer, an arts educator, and the author of six academic books and over thirty articles on arts and education. She holds a doctorate and master’s in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s in early childhood education and a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Roosevelt University. She is the recipient of several grants including awards from the Chicago Community Trust and was the principal investigator on a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her favorite performed roles include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Lili in Carnival! and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.

She has several forthcoming children’s books including Amazing Landmarks (Scholastic, 2022) and an innovative parenting book titled The Read Aloud Factor (Chicago Review Press, 2022) that includes her latest brain research on how reading aloud to children helps to shape the brain. 

Rekha is also working on several picture books and middle grade projects. Her writing draws from her professional background as a performer, her South Asian heritage, and her love of music.

Georgia VanDerwater

Operations and Communications Manager

georgiavanderwater@bringmeabook.org

Georgia VanDerwater is an artist, writer and avid reader originally from Buffalo, NY, but currently living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining Bring Me a Book, Georgia worked as a Writing Tutor and Teaching Assistant at State University of New York at Geneseo while earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Following her graduation with honors from SUNY Geneseo’s Department of English, Georgia has taken on a full-time role as Bring Me a Book’s Operations and Communications Manager, working with the Executive Director and board to develop strategy to optimize the efficiency of BMAB’s work, and strengthen BMAB’s brand identity.