Bob Harper is the National Wildlife Federation's Executive Publisher, leading the teams that create and market National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr., and Ranger Rick Cub magazines, along with the National Wildlife Federation's Annual Photo Contest, Ranger Rick Adventures Book Club, and a host of digital assets—including websites, e-newsletters, and teacher guides—that support wildlife outreach to National Wildlife Federation members and Ranger Rick kids, parents, and teachers.
Harper has been creating educational entertainment products and services for kids and their families for over 25 years. He’s launched 10 children’s magazines—including the first interactive talking magazine for LeapFrog, over 40 multisensory learning toy sets for Kindermusik, preschool emerging reading curriculum adopted by Kindercare, K-8 basal reading program sold to McGraw-Hill, and a children’s imprint: Cricket Books.
With a Haverford College BA and University of Alaska MAT, Harper began his career as a teacher, graphic artist, and TV/radio journalist. After a Northwestern Kellogg School MBA, he moved into creative business leadership focusing on the youth market.
Harper has held executive positions at Carus Publishing, LeapFrog Enterprises, Kindermusik, and Wildlife Education Ltd. He has partnered or consulted with Bayard Press, Time for Kids, Kindercare, Smithsonian, and Highlights, among others.
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