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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Salina Yoon, author and illustrator of Penguin’

Next up in my Asian American Children’s Author Blog Series, is the talented author/illustrator Salina Yoon. Salina Yoon has created numerous picture books and novelty board books, and even has some beginner readers in the works. Her delightful and vibrant illustration style definitely appeals to my kids– one of my kids’ favorites is Space Walk. I’m excited to introduce them to some of her other work!


Salina kindly answered my 3 questions:

1) Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?

Salina Yoon: I am closest to Penguin because he’s very solitary, calm, reflective, and thoughtful. His character was really inspired by my son and mother, who are very loving and compassionate, and one loves to knit. Can you guess who? But I share Penguin’s heart, too.

2) If you could give your Asian American kid readers one piece of advice, what would it be?

SY: Read the pictures as much as you read the words. And read for fun, not just for AR points or good grades! (Sorry, that was two pieces of advice, but both are very important!)

3) Who is your favorite Asian American children’s author right now (other than yourself)?

SY: Arree Chung, author and illustrator of NINJA! (Henry Holt/2014). The picture book is outstanding, but it’s actually Arree’s character that I admire most. If you haven’t, you must go read more about him on his blog, http://arreechung.blogspot.com/ . I know him personally, and he inspires me with his talent, dedication, and great ambition!

About the author/illustrator:

Salina Yoon is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer of over 150 books for young children. Upcoming picture books include PENGUIN’S BIG ADVENTURE (Sept/2015), the fifth book in Penguin’s series, and BOY MEETS GIRL (Jan/2016), a heartwarming story about a new friendship. Also, DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE! (May/2016), the first book of three in a beginner reader series, and the third book in Bear’s picture book series (2016), all with Bloomsbury.

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