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Teacher Sees Lack of Asian American Authors in Children’s Books, Finds Genius Solution

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Like a real-life Pepper Zhang, Angel Halo Chang celebrates her eccentricity. As a child, she preferred playing with a large cardboard box instead of dolls, collected cartoon lunch tins to use as purses, brought jump rope to play double dutch during the last month before high school graduation, and was even crowned Miss Congeniality in Miss Asian America Pageant 2009. Her imagination is as limitless as her ability to find inspiration in the everyday – which, perhaps not surprisingly, made her perfectly suited to write children’s books.

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“I like books with pictures, so I made my own,” Chang says. “I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person, but I lacked formal skills training. So when I didn’t fit the qualifications for a creative job, I made my own role: Head of Storytelling.”

The 1st generation Chinese-American found her calling on a whim. “On December 2016, I was looking for a new side project and came across #The100DayProject, a commitment to practicing creativity for 100 days. I decided to create children’s books, because it combined my interest in illustration and my background teaching young children. 120 days later, I completed my 1st official collection with four books.

And so, the Head of Storytelling created four books based off her life experiences and moments of inspiration (source: Kickstarter):

 

CALLING ALL EYE DOCTORS, GLASSES-WEARING FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND FRIENDS-OF RHINOS! ❤️ — My 1st children’s book, Siris the Rhino, is inspired by my journey growing up with bad eye vision. I started wearing glasses since 5. I had lasik last year of college. Most recently I developed chronic uveitis and now glaucoma in my left eye, and I’m still wearing glasses. My book is about a green rhino who needs help seeing clearly. Siris (rhymes with “iris”) meets a friendly kiwi bird who gladly helps Siris and the rest of his family see better. (Fact: Rhinos and kiwi birds can’t see very well in real life.) It’s a delightful story that appreciates eye care professionals and befriends anyone who needs a glasses-wearing friend. — Follow link here http://kck.st/2rWt29P?ref=cq3jlx or in my bio to order this book in my 4 children’s book collection on my Kickstarter! (1 of 4)

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My 1st book, Siris the Rhino, is about a green rhino who needs help seeing clearly. Siris (rhymes with “iris”) meets a friendly kiwi bird who gladly helps Siris and the rest of his family see better. (Fact: Rhinos and kiwi birds can’t see very well in real life.) It’s a delightful story that appreciates eye care professionals and befriends anyone who needs a glasses-wearing friend.

 

CALLING ALL WEDDING PLANNERS, ENTHUSIASTS, COUPLES, NEWLYWEDS-TO-BE! — My 2nd book, Wedding Planning Galore, tells the silly story of a bride’s plan for an elaborate wedding until the groom thinks otherwise. (The cover says, “We’re engaged!”) Having planned my own wedding and formerly obsessed to become a wedding planner, I’m fully aware how indulgent weddings can be. I wrote this book to share that while it’s great to celebrate love, don’t forget that it’s the marriage and not the wedding that counts. The characters are somewhat autobiographical, but I try to be thoughtful to make this relatable to couples of all race, religions, genders, and cultures. — Follow link here http://kck.st/2rWt29P?ref=cq3jlx or in my bio to order this book in my 4 children’s book collection on my Kickstarter! (2 of 4)

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My 2nd book, Wedding Planning Galore, tells the silly story of a bride’s plan for an elaborate wedding until the groom thinks otherwise. Having planned my own wedding and formerly obsessed to become a wedding planner, I’m fully aware how indulgent weddings can be. I wrote this book to share that while it’s great to celebrate love, don’t forget that it’s the marriage and not the wedding that counts. Great to share with young readers and newlywed couples to-be!

 

CALLING ON TEACHERS OF YOUNG STUDENTS, FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND…ANTI-TRUMP FRIENDS! — My 3rd book, Today’s Lesson, imagines life as a Pre-K teacher to…Ronald K. Crump. During the election season, I was having a hard time proceeding the news, so I started to draw the scenes as if it was a preschool. Before I knew it, I had a storyline, as I recount the popular misbehaviors of our Commander in Chief to that of a child. I highlight why it’s important to teach respect at an early age, so “Today’s Lesson” should really be an everyday lesson. Great for families with young children (and anti-Trump friends)! — Follow link here http://kck.st/2rWt29P?ref=cq3jlx or in my bio to order this book in my 4 children’s book collection on my Kickstarter! (3 of 4)

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“My 3rd book, Today’s Lesson, imagines life as a Pre-K teacher to…Ronald K. Crump. It’s inspired by my Pre-K teaching experience, and I recount the popular misbehaviors of our Commander in Chief to that of a child. I highlight why it’s important to teach respect at an early age, so “Today’s Lesson” should really be an everyday lesson. Great for families with young children (and anti-Trump friends)!”

 

CALLING ALL SUMMER CAMPERS, COUNSELORS, MOOSE LOVERS, AND WILDERNESS EXPLORERS! — My last book, The Moose, The Moose, is inspired by my beloved summer camp song, “Da Moose Da Moose.” I learned this song as a 2005 @YMCACampMarston summer camp counselor, and haven’t stopped sharing it since. I’ve taught it to friends, peers, and kids as young as 5. My story is about a moose who enjoys the outdoors but doesn’t pay attention to potential dangers of the wilderness. It’s both silly and teaches us to always be aware. Great for nature lovers, moose enthusiasts, and camp counselors! — Follow link here http://kck.st/2rWt29P?ref=cq3jlx or in my bio to order this book in my 4 children’s book collection on my Kickstarter! (4 of 4)

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“My last book, The Moose, The Moose, is inspired by my beloved summer camp song, “Da Moose Da Moose.” It’s about a moose who enjoys the outdoors but doesn’t pay attention to potential dangers of the wilderness. It’s both silly and teaches us to always be aware. Great for nature lovers, moose enthusiasts, and camp counselors!”

Chang’s campaign quickly became a Kickstarter “project we love” and has raised nearly 80% of its goal with one week left. Chang also promises to donate $1 per book to one of her favorite education charities, DonorsChoose.org.

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Chang also notes that part of her inspiration for writing books comes from her desire to add her voice to a seemingly homogeneous pool of children’s book authors. “I asked peers to name 3 of their favorite children’s book authors without Googling. The answers spanned authors of children’s books and chapter books, and most authors they named were older, white, and/or male. (In fact, my favorite children’s book authors are Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and Eric Carle.) I’m hoping to make a presence as both a female and Asian-American children’s book author-illustrator. I was sad when I noticed the difference between me and a lot of my favorite and more well-known storytellers.

Most importantly though, Chang just wants others to share the same love of life that seems to come so easily for her. “The reading level for my books is suitable for children between 6-9 years old, but truly I write to entertain friends young and old. I believe children’s books should be more inclusive and be called ‘everyone’s books.‘”

Angel Halo Chang Kickstarter

You can find the link to Angel Halo Chang’s Kickstarter here. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


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