Meet the Author

Sook Nyul Choi

Portrait of Sook Nyul Choi

From the days of her childhood, Sook Nyul Choi wanted to be a writer. The first stories, poems, and articles she wrote were in Korean, her first language. Later, after teaching for many years in New York City schools, she began to write in English.

Sook Nyul Choi writes both for children and for young adults. Her own experiences in Korea help to shape her books. One of her main goals is to help young Americans learn about the culture and history of Korea.

Today, Sook Nyul Choi is a full-time writer. She also visits schools to speak to students. Once, when a student wanted to know which of her books the author liked best, she said, "All of my books are very important to me. They are like fingers on a hand. I don't like one more than another."

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Other Books Written by Sook Nyul Choi

  • Halmoni and the Picnic
    (illustrated by Karen M. Dugan)
  • The Best Older Sister
    (illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu)