Why Being Kind as a Middle Schooler was Important for Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Why Being Kind as a Middle Schooler was Important for Pippa Park Raises Her Game
Oct 13, 2020 by Erin Yun
Now that we’re more than nine months into a global pandemic, some days are inevitably full of gloom for me. During those times, I find myself gravitating even more toward middle grade novels. Even though middle school can be a vicious time in real life, middle-school-aged characters in these books often show such compassion and capacity for growth that I always finish each novel with a little hope in my heart.

My Three Favorite Meals for Chuseok

My Three Favorite Meals for Chuseok
Oct 01, 2020 by Erin Yun
Crispy jeon, delicious japchae, and sweet Asian pears are just the tip of the iceberg of mouth-watering foods served on one of Korea’s most important holidays, Chuseok. So, in honor of the holiday, I’ll give y’all the rundown on some of the foods both Pippa and I eat on Chuseok...

Book Review: Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

Book Review: Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Sep 10, 2020 by Erin Yun

Are you obsessed with Netflix comedy specials? Do you salivate at the mere thought of Korean barbecue? Are you, or have you ever been, a middle schooler? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do me a favor and grab a copy of Jessica Kim’s Stand Up, Yumi Chung!—a delightfully warm, deliciously funny middle-grade novel that is sure to get you smiling.  

Kimchi-Jjigae: A classic Korean stew recipe

Kimchi-Jjigae: A classic Korean stew recipe
Sep 02, 2020 by Erin Yun
Here is my take on a classic Korean stew from my childhood—kimchi-jjigae!

Take Your Book Club Outside!

Take Your Book Club Outside!
Jul 20, 2020 by Erin Yun

Enjoy a book club with your friends outside for a socially distant summer activity!

Learn How To Create Your Own Retelling!

Learn How To Create Your Own Retelling!
Jul 09, 2020 by Erin Yun
The Summer 2020 Reading Theme is  ”Imagine Your Story”, which celebrates mythology, fairy tales, and folktales and encourages young readers to create their own stories.

Meet Jung-Hwa!

Meet Jung-Hwa!
Jun 18, 2020 by Erin Yun
In my debut novel, Pippa Park Raises Her Game, I spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between Pippa Park and her brother-in-law, Jung-Hwa. Since Pippa often squabbles with her older sister, Mina, I wanted her to have a sweet, strong bond with Jung-Hwa. Going into the first draft, I knew Pippa adored Jung-Hwa as a father figure, but the more I wrote about him, the more I adored him as well.

10 Facts About Charles Dickens

10 Facts About Charles Dickens
Jun 09, 2020 by Erin Yun
Today is the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death. Dickens wrote Great Expectations, the inspiration for Erin Yun’s Pippa Park Raises Her Game.

Book Review: Prairie Lotus

Book Review: Prairie Lotus
Jun 05, 2020 by Erin Yun

Last night, Linda Sue Park was one of many wonderful speakers at the KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives, which was created by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jason Reynolds. Having recently read Park’s latest book, Prairie Lotus (delivered to my apartment by the lovely Books Are Magic) it was so powerful to see her speak about the way Asians, especially East-Asians, can use the “power of white adjacency” to speak up to white people about racism against black people. Read on for my review of Prairie Lotus, and then, if you missed the rally, you can watch the entire event here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=248795633092755.

Erin's Book Playlist for Pippa Park Raises Her Game!

May 28, 2020 by Erin Yun

If you need inspiration while writing, create your own book-themed playlist! Making a playlist will energize you, offering continued inspiration for your story. You can include songs your main character would enjoy listening to and songs representing a specific character or chapter—whatever will get you get closer to your characters and capture the tone of your book. Check out my playlist for Pippa Park Raises Her Game!

On Being a Korean American Author

On Being a Korean American Author
May 07, 2020 by Erin Yun
It's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! In celebration, I am sharing my reflections on diversity in children's books and contributing through my debut novel Pippa Park Raises Her Game.

Q&A with Pippa Park Author Erin Yun

Q&A with Pippa Park Author Erin Yun
May 01, 2020 by Erin Yun
Why did you become a writer?
There wasn’t a particular reason; it’s just something I’ve always done and always loved. I’ve been writing for longer than I can remember—first, in old notebooks with such terrible handwriting that no one, not even myself, would ever be able to decipher it, and then later, on the family computer whenever I could fight off my siblings for computer time. 

Host a Pippa Park Virtual Book Club!

Host a Pippa Park Virtual Book Club!
Apr 17, 2020 by Erin Yun
Invite your friends and family to join a Virtual Book Club and talk about books for some fun (and educational!) social interaction.

5 Highlights from My First Author Tour

5 Highlights from My First Author Tour
Apr 09, 2020 by Erin Yun
After many nights sleeping in hotels with weird, unidentified sounds, I am officially back to sleeping in my own bedroom with its own weird, unidentified, but familiar sounds. Concerns over COVID-19 canceled events in Texas, Oregon, and California. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to make it out to those states one day. For now, I’m content to hole up in my apartment for a while. In between reading, writing, and binge-watching new Netflix shows, I’ve had a chance to reflect on all the wild, wonderful bits of my travels. Here are the highlights from my first author tour...
 

Book Review: The Doll People

Book Review: The Doll People
Apr 02, 2020 by Erin Yun

I first read The Doll People by Ann M. Marlin and Laura Godwin when I was in elementary school. So when I was on tour a few weeks ago and the owner of Blue Willow Bookshop mentioned the title to me, a couple bells rang faintly in my mind. But I couldn’t quite put a plot to the name. Then, I saw the cover. Immediately, warm memories rushed back to me. Of course, I thought. How could I forget about The Doll People? How could I forget about green-haired Annabelle or the adventure of being cooped up in a single house? Whether you’re in a nostalgic mood like me or you’re someone who is just now encountering this charming series, The Doll People is sure to win you over.

Print & Play Word Games with Pippa Park!

Print & Play Word Games with Pippa Park!
Mar 27, 2020 by Erin Yun
Need home entertainment for your middle schooler? Play Word Games with Pippa Park!

Book Review: Pie in the Sky

Book Review: Pie in the Sky
Mar 26, 2020 by Erin Yun

Cake has always been one of my favorite desserts. Carrot cake, German chocolate cake, and, of course, the best of the best—birthday cake! In Remy Lai’s Pie in the Sky, the main character Jingwen makes an abundance of cakes. Every single one looked absolutely mouthwatering, but I didn’t have so much as a spoonful of frosting nearby! I’m already looking forward to a reread—and this time I’ll be huddled up in a bake shop.

Book Review: Other Words for Home

Book Review: Other Words for Home
Mar 19, 2020 by Erin Yun

Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home was recently named a Younger Readers Category Honor Book in the 2020 Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature. Told as a prose poem, the book is full of beautiful and powerful language, and readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the life of a young Syrian girl named Jude.

Book Review: I'm Ok

Book Review: I'm Ok
Feb 20, 2020 by Erin Yun
I first read Patti Kim’s I’m Ok about a year ago, and although I wasn’t reviewing any books at the time, I remember being drawn to the book’s quick-witted, relatable voice. Flash forward to last month. The American Library Association named I’m Ok an honor book in the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. With that in mind, I felt it was the perfect time to give this heavy but heartfelt middle-grade book another read.

Mini Movie Reviews: Parasite and P.S. I Still Love You

Mini Movie Reviews: Parasite and P.S. I Still Love You
Feb 13, 2020 by Erin Yun

I am a huge book and television person. However, for whatever reason, I tend not to watch as many movies. But the last two films I’ve watched have been Parasite and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and although polar opposite in tone, both had me thinking: I definitely need to watch more films. And since Parasite just won the Academy Award for Best Picture, I decided to do a double-feature review.