Supporting Our Community Multi-Book Giveaway

Arree and I want to make sure we're supporting our community at this time, so we're holding a free Town Hall Meeting on Race Relations tomorrow  morning (June 2) at 9:00, Pacific Time. Anyone can come. This will be a discussion where we listen to figure out how we can better support you. If you want to be part of the conversation tomorrow, you'll need to register here.

We also both feel like we can support our community by giving right now.

Arree wrote a picture book that addresses racism. In this Facebook post, he gives you a link to download a PDF of MIXED with activities to help you have discussions about race with your children or children you teach.

There were requests from people who wanted a video of Arree reading his story for their children, so we're sharing the following YouTube video as well.

I'm giving away five books by authors and illustrators of color. I think that one of the most important ways that we can lift and support our brothers and sisters of color is to purchase, review, and talk about the great work they're already doing. 

The first book I'm giving away (shown at the top of this post) might be on back order. If so, you'll need to be patient with the bookseller I order it from. I'm not paying $50 on Amazon because you know the author isn't seeing any of that mark up. 

Ijeoma Oluo wrote SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE to help grown ups have better conversations about race because nobody wins an argument about it. And to get the change that we need in our country, we need to have better conversations. This book made enough of a difference that white supremacists have been targeting Ijeoma, including a fake call to 911 that sent a SWAT team to her home when her son was home alone.

My second selection is Vanessa Brantley-Newton's latest picture book, JUST LIKE ME. We had so many entries in my last giveaway for this book, and I could only pick one.

My third selection is A RIDE TO REMEMBER, an autobiographical account from Storyteller Academy student Sharon Langley, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 

Nest, I'm giving away THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ, by Storyteller Academy student Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora.

My fifth selection is a picture book that celebrates children with brown skin, BROWN SUGAR BABE, by Storyteller Academy student Charlotte Watson Sherman and Akem.

Book Giveaway Details

While everyone gets to enjoy Arree's MIXED, you may only enter to win one of the five books I'm giving away. To enter, just leave a comment on this post that lets me know which book you'd like to win. 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).

I’ll close the contest at midnight, Pacific Time, on June 8. Thanks for reading and sharing!

And if you have suggestions for us on how we can better lift and support you, please let us know in the comments.

Blog Contributors

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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43 thoughts on “Supporting Our Community Multi-Book Giveaway”

  1. So thankful to be a part of this group. I would love Vanessa’s book, Just Like Me–but any one of these would be terrific! Thank you!

  2. Carole Meyer-Rieth

    Thank you, Arree and Myrna – this compassion coupled with action is a big part of why I am so very proud to be a part of Storyteller Academy. Thank. you for sharing these titles – so much talent among SA teachers and students!!! In fact, they all look so wonderful, I can’t possibly pick one for the contest. So I’m just commenting to say again, THANK YOU!

  3. Thanks for extending yourselves in this way to our community and promoting these authors and their voices. I’d love to win any of these books! Please and thank you!

    1. Thank you for your support with what’s happening now and has been for generations. We need more conversations and Town Halls to have this discussion. I’m interested in “So You Want To Talk About Race.”

  4. Hi Arree and Myrna it’s my pleasure to learn things with reading, and enjoy all activities on story telling academy. Looking for many more books. Thank you for everything you do.😊

  5. Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson

    Thank you! What a wonderful selection of books! Any of these books would be treasured in my house, but I’m especially interested in Brown Sugar Babe.

  6. Thank you for being brave and holding a town hall tomorrow. I’d love to win any of the books (I already have Brown Sugar Babe). Thanks again.

  7. Shannon Chadwick

    Hi Myrna. I would love to win Just Like Me by Vanessa. I have learned so much from her and Jim’s classes. Thanks for all you do to keep Storyteller Academy up and running.

  8. Tawanza Farmer

    Thank you so much for hosting a town hall meeting to have this important discussion. It’s always great when we can collectively focus on solutions in order to anchor progress in a more loving direction. I truly appreciate all that Storyteller Academy does, and I know you all will keep up the good work! I’m interested in the “Brown Sugar Babe” picture book.

  9. So many good options to choose from, I can’t pick just one… but I guess if I had to, it’d be Vanessa’s Just Like Me.

  10. Thank you for being generous Arree and Myrna. It’s been tough this year but even more so these last couple of weeks. Thank you for being supportive. I would like to put my entry for Brown Sugar Babe because I am one of those babes. Be safe and stay strong everyone.

  11. Joaritza Noriega

    This is a time for us to be united and with the support of Story Teller Academy Town Halls, it’s a stepping stone in coming together for same purpose of raising awareness. Thank you so much Arree and Myrna for your support and uniting us as a community. Also, exposing me to these amazing books I can’t wait to read them all.
    I would be very interested in Vanessa Brantley-Newton’s latest picture book, JUST LIKE ME.

    1. !Buenos días!!☀️
      Thank you for doing this!! I enjoy and learn so much from your videos and teachings!! Any of those books would be a beautiful gift to me!! If I had to choose one, I would take Just Like Me by Vanessa or The Oldest Student by Rita 🌸 !Gracias! 💕

  12. Clarita Rivera

    Thank you for your support during these hard times Arree and Myrna!

    I’d love THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora.

  13. Hi Myrna,
    I want to put my hat in the ring for “So You Want to Talk About Race”… because of gotten to a point where I can’t talk about it anymore. I need more information/ammunition.
    Laura Hale

  14. So glad I saw the info about the Town Hall before it was too late. All of the books sound wonderful, I’d love any of them, but right now I’m going with So You Want To Talk About Race. Good luck everyone, and stay safe!

    Thanks for hosting this town hall and the giveaway,

  15. Thank you for extending your support and compassion. I will definitely join you this morning. I would love to get this book: The OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ.

    Stay safe and strong everyone,

  16. Thanks for your willingness to use the Storyteller platform and your influence to foster this much-needed conversation.

    If love to win “Just Like Me”.

  17. Andrea West Urbina

    These books are great examples of books we should have in our toolbox if we are in any way responsible for the education of a child. People who have doubts about what they can do to help can start with making a conscious effort to educate themselves and others about the lived experiences of people who are different from them. Read a book like one of these titles to a child, gift it to a child, incorporate it into your curriculum, ask your library to carry it, read it at bookclub, or recommend it to a friend. Long after the protests have stopped and the buildings are rebuilt, it’s the children who will have been taught to love instead of hate, to have compassion, to celebrate and espouse differences, and to see the humanity in people who are different from them that will be our greatest hope for lasting change. Thank you for spreading the love and for your support. My first choice is “So You Want to Talk About Race”, but I would be happy with a copy of any of the others- Andrea West Urbina

  18. Amy Beth Finegold

    Dear Myrna and Arrree,
    Thank you for the support and strength with your book , “Mixed.” I wrote up a question lesson for my ESL students and shared with teachers , and Administration. I applaud your bravery and your book will bring people together. I am proud to be part of the StoryTeller Academy Family, and my Remote Teaching has grown from your inspiration.. You have become a mentor for me.. I loved Vanessa’s picture book “Like Me.,” when I attended one of your classes. Stay safe.

  19. Petisa Anglin


    Thank you for doing this Arree. These conversations are so important.

    I’d like to win The Oldest Student.

  20. Amy Beth Finegold

    Dear Myrna and Arree, Thank you for your strength and support with Mixed.” I have been writing an ESL lesson for students, and teachers and sharing your story to my Administration as well.. I will post in my Remote Teaching class and on my “Stream.” I am proud to be a learner in the Storyteller Academy Family. Thanks for making my teaching stronger. Stay peaceful and safe.

  21. Amy Beth Finegold

    Myrna, and Arree,
    I wanted Vanessa’s book “Like Me.”’ I loved the pictures and the story from one of the classes I attended. Her book and art 🖼 are very inspirational and the ease she uses to teach gave me confidence to keep drawing ✍️.
    Thanks again,
    Stay safe. Amy Beth Finegold ESL Kindergarten Teacher in NYC .

  22. Alice Wershing

    Hi Myrna,
    I am thankful that this group exists, and that I found it so I can keep moving towards my goal of writing books for kids. I have learned from every session I’ve attended and continue to learn as a Maker! I would love to win The Oldest Student.
    Alice Wershing

  23. Just like everyone, we’d love to win any of the books, but if we’d have to pick one, it’d be Brown Sugar Babe!

  24. Laurel Goodluck

    Thank you for having this town hall meeting. I appreciate your action of gathering and not just posting a statement. Storyteller is a wonderful community and I am glad to be part of it. What a tough decision, but put me down for “So You Want to Talk About Race.”

  25. Thank you for doing this. I will put all of the books on my personal wishlist and if selected I would love Vanessa’s book. Thanks again.

  26. Katherine Wong

    Thank you for making “Mixed” a free download. I feel it’s a beautiful and easy way to show children how we are better together and will be sharing the link to teachers in my school district. If picked I choose “Mixed”.

  27. I love the concept, the support, and a community that validates the need for fairness, justice and equality. Thanks for doing this. If I’m chosen, any of these outstanding books would be wonderful. Thanks, STA.

  28. I am SUPER BLESSED to have, Mixed and Brown Sugar Babe, so any of the others would be great. I especially want to read, THE OLDEST STUDENT. But I’d seriously love any of these wonderful books.

  29. Anita Loomis-Yamaguchi

    Thanks so much for yesterday’s meeting and what is sure to be ongoing and needed conversations. I would like to be in the drawing for any of the books. I have a young friend who I will gift it to.

  30. Morgan Henderson

    I’m a first grade teacher in a very diverse school – MIXED would be the perfect book to build a lesson around!

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