Justine Danielle Del Monte -Author
Justine Danielle Del Monte, Author, is currently a senior in high school and is attending The Athenian School in Danville, California. While at Athenian she participated in the incredible Athenian Wilderness Experience, a 26-day backpacking trip, in the High Sierras and learned to dive and worked on coral restoration in Bonaire. She did other international community service trips to Nicaragua, Bali, Singapore and Peru. She was very fortunate to have the amazing experience to attend a semester abroad in South Africa. She fell in love with the people in all of the countries.
When she was eleven she began writing anti-bullying messages with “Drew’s Dancing Drum,” and continued Drew’s adventures with her second and third books, “Drew Meets Boo,” written at age 12 and “Drew and the Cyber Bully,” written at age 13. Justine’s fourth book, “Drew and Boo Adopt Lou and Sue,” written at age 14 focuses on being kind to animals and adopting from shelters. Her fifth story, “Drew Moves,” written at age 15, focuses on forgetting judgment and accepting people. Her 6th book, "Drew Learns about Autism," written at age 16, reminds people to open their hearts and accept and celebrate individuality. Her stories continue to educate young children on bullying and she aims to send positive messages about kindness and acceptance. She enjoys writing for kids as she relates to many of the struggles they face at such a young age. Her passion for writing has enabled her to turn her books into her Girl Scout Gold Award. (Justine has also earned the Bronze and Silver Girl Scout Awards.)
What started as a simple literature assignment while attending Palmer School, in Walnut Creek, turned into a book series (with discussion points), two free interactive Apps in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, and an animated short film. Justine and Brandon were interviewed by KVCR radio in San Bernardino, in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and also two television interviews. They were interviewed live at WABE Atlanta radio in 2015 and 2017. Both have been guest speakers for local Girl Scout Troops. Justine is featured on Pacer.org, Students Taking Action Segment (Pacer is a National Bullying Center) and 86 Degrees and Story Monsters Inc. magazines. Justine is deeply honored that her simple stories are encouraging others to be "nice" and treat others and animals with respect.
Brandon King Chappell -Illustrator
Brandon King Chappell,
is an award winning Illustrator, App Creator, and Director. His animated short films and Apps have won numerous awards. "Drew's Dancing Drum," the Animated Short Film was awarded first place in the North Bay Art & Film Festival in 2017 and other film festivals around the world.
Brandon's Apps have been downloaded in over 100 countries and continues to thrive internationally. Brandon and Justine have been key note speakers and have been featured in magazines and newspapers and their interviews have been heard nationally through NPR radio interviews.
His work on the animated short film, "SPOOF," has won 1st Place for USA at the San Francisco Film Awards and several more Film Festival Awards including a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the prestigious Attic Film Festival. He has been a guest speaker alongside Justine Del Monte during two live radio shows at WABE, Atlanta and three radio interviews and two television interviews at KVCR in Southern California.
They both have been guest speakers at numerous schools in Atlanta, Southern California and Northern California. Six of his stories have been animated by Public Broadcasting Services and are being shown nationally during their Children's Programming since 2014. Brandon and Justine were guest speakers at the Solano BookFest, in Vacaville, California. where he explained how a simple story on paper transformed into an animated TV spot for public television and a 5-minute short.
Brandon is continuing his education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco on a Master's level and has a "Best of Show," award for Graphic Design and is also continuing the next book in the Drew Book Series.
His favorite quotes are:
"People are more important than the project."
"If you can DREAM IT you can DO IT."
“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."