Posts Written OnAugust 2015

In my living room, there once was a blank wall that cried out for tender loving care. This led to a spark of an idea which led to a fun and experimental weekend project. I decided to fashion some inexpensive shelves to attach to this blank wall. I needed them to be sturdy enough to hold small decorative items and books. (Not heavy textbooks, but mostly paperback books.) First, I picked up two semi-hollow interior doors from a hardware shop and cut them in half vertically. (With two halves of two doors, I could make four long shelves.) I decided…

"Your people are the people that you can talk to without having to create context.”

- Shannon Hale at SCBWI 2015 Summer Conference

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During this past year I have begun to notice a louder conversation about diversity (or lack of) in stories for kids and teens. Born in America and raised by Korean immigrants who encouraged me to read, this was painfully obvious to me growing up because I never found a character who looked like me or had a similar background. In fact, as a Korean kid, I felt like I was snatching up crumbs to find even close approximations of my identity in books and mass media: the Japanese girl that Ralph Macchio fell for in Karate Kid II, the native island…