Daniel Haack is the author of Prince & Knight, an LGBTQ-themed fairy tale picture book published worldwide by Little Bee Books and distributed in North America by Simon & Schuster. Prince & Knight was illustrated by Stevie Lewis and was an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten book, a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee and was named one of the best children’s books of 2018 by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews and the Chicago Tribune.
A companion book, Maiden & Princess, co-written with Isabel Galupo and illustrated by Becca Human, is due out April 2019. As a writer, Daniel is represented by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency.
He is currently a Saul Zaentz Fellow in the technology, innovation and education (TIE) Ed.M. program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Daniel is also head of marketing and digital product for StoryBots, the award-winning children's media brand with more than 900 million online video views and a library of interactive and customizable books, videos, games, activities and more.
His work has included overseeing the launch of StoryBots Classroom, a free platform for educators, as well the premieres of two Netflix original series, Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs, which star Judy Greer and feature guest appearances from Whoopi Goldberg, Edward Norton, Snoop Dogg, Christina Applegate and more.
As part of the team behind StoryBots' digital platforms, Daniel won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Media - Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series and was a Webby Award nominee in the Websites - Youth category.
Prior to joining the StoryBots team, Daniel was based in New York as director of marketing for MediaCom, one of the world's largest media and communications agencies. In that role, he led the shop's U.S. marketing activities and received the Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators for MediaCom's BLINK Magazine.
He graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications with a B.S. in integrated marketing communications. He was the recipient of the prestigious Park Scholar Award, a four-year, merit-based full scholarship that recognizes students who excel in academics, leadership, community service and communications.
During college, Daniel was awarded a fellowship with the International Radio & Television Society to intern with Viacom's Logo channel and Walt Disney Studios, both in New York. He also held internships at Channel Four in London, Wisconsin Public Television, Three Ball Entertainment and the Center for Media and Democracy, and helped lead a team that traveled to Doha, Qatar, for a multimedia research project on Al Jazeera's children's channel.
He received his degree program's Faculty Award, as well as the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic Leadership & Community Service and the Park Center for Independent Media Internship Award. He was also the Park Scholar Senior Speaker and was the Park School's Commencement Marshall for graduating with the highest GPA in his class.
Since graduating, he has earned a professional certificate in digital marketing from New York University and sat on the executive leadership committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's NYC Light the Night Walk, raising more than $30,000 for the organization. He recently served on the Ithaca College Annual Fund Young Alumni Committee and is a member of the Ithaca College Blue & Gold Society. In April 2018, he ran 20+ miles for a Ragnar Relay, serving as team captain and raising more than $11,000 for Stupid Cancer.
Daniel has been interviewed by Channel 4 News, Huffington Post, GLAAD and Digiday and published by Adweek, Common Dreams, CounterPunch, The Ithaca Journal and in "Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09" (available on Amazon).
He currently splits his time between Los Angeles, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.