Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in New York, Anna grew up doodling around the edges of her notebooks and any loose scraps of paper she could find. A classically trained pianist with a B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College, she devoted herself to teaching music to young children. During those years of teaching, Anna discovered that drawing cartoons on yellow stickies helped keep restless children engaged. That’s when she decided to expand her canvas from stickies to picture books and to pursue her newfound purpose:
“Through picture and word, I want to surprise, inspire and delight children by creating fun and heartwarming stories. I want to plant seeds of love and kindness through living characters who jump off the page and touch the reader with genuine emotions. I want those characters to show kids of all sizes, shapes and colors what it’s like to be courageous, resilient and empathetic heroes. And I want to share with readers the magic of friendship in transforming our beliefs, our hearts, and our lives forever.”
Anna lives in a quiet part of New York City, where she can see trees and hear birds. Her work studio is full of stickies. Click here for more information about Anna.
An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
Meet Danbi, the new girl at school!
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn’t know the rules and just can’t get anything right. Luckily, she isn’t one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember! Danbi Leads the School Parade introduces readers to an irresistible new character. In this first story, she learns to navigate her two cultures and realizes that when you open your world to others, their world opens up to you.
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