Instructor Stories: Arree Chung


I’m updating our Instructor Stories post with Arree Chung, (and there’s a book giveaway at the end of this post). Arree owns and manages Storyteller Academy.

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's Books

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!

Blog Contributors

Instructor Photo: Myrna Foster

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.

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15 thoughts on “Instructor Stories: Arree Chung”

  1. Great article!!! I have taken courses with Arree and I loved them: Making Picture Book Dummies and Crafting Picture Book Stories. I’m currently enrolled in the Drawing 1 class and can’t wait for the it to begin. I would LOVE to have the adorable book called OUT! That cover makes me smile. It reminds me of when my own two sons were toddlers and were forever plotting how to get out of their beds. Thanks!

  2. I look forward to taking picture book dummies again this session. I have learned so much over the past year with classes from SA. Making dummies is so helpful for looking at pacing, word choice, and rising action. If I win a book, I would like Ninja Attack of the Clan.

  3. I haven’t read through any of Aree’s books yet. I like the covers of ‘How to Pee’ for boys, and ‘How to Pee for girls’. This is an important step to learn for 2-3 year olds because they must learn before ‘big school’. I imagine kids would love the subject as they would remember their own potty training, or be in the midst of learning it. These books would help parents to train their kids too, and everyone would find something to smile about in the stories.

  4. Hi I would love Ninja clause to share with the kids in my Family at Christmas time. Thanks, I love all of Arree Chung’s books!

  5. Catherine Crossgrove

    In addition to my autographed copy of Mixed, I’ve also shared and gifted several copies. What a fantastic storybook to share with all ages.
    I haven’t gotten a copy of any of the Ninja series yet, but Ninja, Attack of the Clan is first on my wish list!

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