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International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity that was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book "The Dot". This site is filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world. Learn more about International Dot Day!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Anna Kang

Anna Kang was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island where she spent most of her free time reading Teen Beat magazine and Archie comics and watching movies at the local multiplex. Thinking she would one day become a professor/diplomat/world traveler, she studied International Relations and Asian Studies at Tufts University and Nanzan University in Japan. Instead, she followed her heart and moved to L.A., where she received an M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and discovered what made her happy -- telling stories.

After graduating, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab and Film Independent's Directors Lab with her first feature script, The Lost Tribe of Long Island. All these experiences - personal, professional, creative - lead her to write her debut picture book, You Are (Not) Small with her talented illustrator-husband, Christopher Weyant. You Are (Not) Small was the winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

Anna writes about her dot, "My Korean-born parents came to the U.S. forty-one years ago, thanks to the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, which President Johnson signed into law at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. My parents became American citizens nine years after arriving in New York City, and though my mother did not speak much English, a "kind man" helped them fill out their application. My mother eventually received her Master's degree in Bilingual Education from New York University and taught in the NYC public school system for twenty years. My father was a physician in an inner-city Brooklyn hospital in private practice and in a local clinic for over thirty years. They both worked hard, bought a house in the suburbs, raised two children, and lived the American dream. My dot is to honor them and all immigrants who make America great."

Coming soon from Anna and Christopher, Eraser.

Learn more about Anna on her website.

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