I’m going to kick off our Instructor Stories with Arree Chung, and there’s a book giveaway at the end of this post. Arree owns and manages Storyteller Academy. He’s teaching two classes Spring Term—Crafting Picture Book Stories and Drawing Bootcamp. If you’ve taken one of his classes—even one of the free ones—you already know how generous he is with his time and experience.


Arree at the Texas Book Festival


Earlier this year, Arree documented a trip that included his participation in the Texas Book Festival and their Reading Rock Stars program. If you don’t know Arree, this is video is a great representation of what he’s like. If you do know him, I really think you’ll enjoy experiencing the Texas Book Festival with him.



Arree’s Books


Arree is the author/illustrator of five picture books, with MIXED being his most recent addition.



MIXED just released in July of 2018, and a middle school in California adapted it into a play. Arree said it was exciting to see their interpretation of his story. They did a great job!



Arree has also illustrated books for other authors. Stephen Bramucci’s DANGER GANG AND THE ISLE OF FERAL BEASTS! just released on October 23, 2018.



Book Giveaway


This book giveaway IS open to international participants. The winner can choose one book—any book—of Arree’s from this post. To enter, you must tell me which book you’d choose in the comments of this post. For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together).


You can go ahead and ask questions in the comments and interact with each other, but I won’t count those as entries.


I’ll close the contest at midnight PST on January 21st and announce a winner on January 23rd. Thanks for reading and sharing!