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The Spotlight

March 2016 - Immedium

1. News
2. Translations and Interviews
3. Events


A. New Spring Book #3
This month we reprint 5 colorful children's books by author Ying Chang Compestine.
- these stories featuring new bilingual translations in simplified Chinese.
- Ying visits schools throughout Hong Kong in March

Here is the second tale in the 4 part series Amazing Chinese Inventions.

The Story of Noodles
Illustrated by YongSheng Xuan

The 3 Kang brothers create some of China's most amazing inventions!
- Mama Kang plans to make dumplings to win the town's annual cooking contest. But when the boys prepare the dough...watch out! Crash! Now what can the family do with all these strips of boiled dough? Maybe call them "noodles"...

"Compestine's almost tongue-in-cheek tale is a nearly unbeatable combination of slapstick humor, fast pace, and food."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

B. Appreciating Young Readers
We've enjoyed meeting thousands of kids at dozens of schools, libraries, and community events this year. Certainly we appreciate their interest, creativity, and gratitude!

Sarah Griego Guz, Community and Arts Reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review, interviewed author Oliver Chin at our recent family storytime at the local California public library. Here is an excerpt:

"We wanted to introduce the Asian culture but recognize the Western point of view," said Chin. "We wanted to make a fun story that any child, of any background, could enjoy."...

As Chin read, the vibrantly diverse characters in his book flashed across the projection screen.

"It was important to us to include all the different faces in this room, in the stories we make," he said, speaking to the audience. "Because everybody deserves to be in a book."

C. Authors at Bilingual Education event
This month, three of our authors will autograph at the annual gathering of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) from March 23-26th at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA.

Our books will be represented by our friends at the Asian American Curriculum Project (AACP), an award-winning, non-profit, educational organization.

Our attending authors are:
- Felicia Hoshino - Sora and the Cloud (Japanese)

- Serena Valentino - Good Dream, Bad Dream (Spanish)

- Oliver Chin - The Year of the Monkey from the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series (Chinese)

Order any of these titles this month from our website, and we'll include a free bonus book (we'll choose a good one) for you!


The Year of the Monkey
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

by Oliver Chin
illustrated by Kenji Ono

"Illustrated by professional animator Kenji Ono, the dynamic artwork makes the zodiac animals jump off the pages. It's great fun to look for all 12 animals appearing throughout the book... Max exudes energy and determination, two wonderful traits to carry into "The Year of the Monkey to achieve your dreams."
- Sampan

"Old meets new in this original story that celebrates the forthcoming "Year of the Monkey with superhero-style comic art...How Max and Kai, his human partner, progress through a big-time tournament makes for an exciting trajectory and a charming affirmation. The take-away: Find your own way. This 11th book in the "Tales From the Chinese Zodiac series has energy, adventure and culture."
- San Francisco Chronicle



  • 3/4: Oliver Chin: YOMonkey: Spring Valley Elementary, San Francisco, CA.
  • 3/10: Oliver Chin: Wa Sung community service club, CA, pm.
  • 3/15: Oliver Chin: Ulloa Elementary School, San Francisco, CA.
  • 3/18: Oliver Chin: Stratford School, Los Gatos, CA, 8:30 am
  • 3/23: Oliver Chin: Feinstein Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 10:15 am
  • 3/23-26: California Association for Bilingual Education, San Francisco, CA
    - author signings at the Asian American Curriculum Project booth:
    - Felicia Hoshino: Sora and the Cloud
    - Serena Valentino: Good Dream, Bad Dream
    - Oliver Chin: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac


  • 4/22: Oliver Chin: Stratford School, Morgan Hill, CA, 12:45 pm
  • 4/23: Oliver Chin: Children's Fairyland, Oakland, CA, 11 am
  • 4/29: Oliver Chin: Stratford School, Sunnyvale, CA

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