Instructor Stories: Arree Chung
He’s teaching Making Picture Dummies this term, as well helping Alex Leon with Drawing 1 (formerly Drawing Bootcamp). You can view the schedule of classes here. If you’ve taken one of Arree’s 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
Last 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 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 is the author/illustrator of five picture books, with Mixed being his most recent. Arree's Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which won the FCGB award earlier this year and has just been announced for the 3-6 category of the UKLA Book Award 2020 Longlist.
When Mixed released last year, 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! released on October 23, 2018.
Book Giveaway Details
For the book giveaway, which IS open to international readers, 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 October 4. Thanks for reading and sharing!
Myrna Foster writes and edits content for Storyteller Academy and the WriteRiders Newsletter for SCBWI Nevada. She has spent a lot of time teaching and coaching children, including five years as a preschool teacher. She's also worked as a journalist, and Highlights High Five has published six of her poems.
Arree Chung is an author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree’s Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award.
Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.