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Carol Kim releases debut picture book

Author headshot of Carol Kim in a pink shirt against a background of beige sidingCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Carol Kim, whose debut picture book, King Sejong Invents an Alphabet, illustrated by Cindy Kang, released on Oct. 1st from Albert Whitman and Company!

The nonfiction picture book tells the story of 15th-century Korean King Sejong, who secretly worked for years to create a new alphabet so that all Koreans—not just the wealthy and well-educated—could have the opportunity to learn to read and write.

Here’s what Carol has to say on what it felt like to reach publication day:Cover of 'King Sejong Invents an Alphabet,' featuring a bearded man in a red robe standing and holding a pen and book against a backdrop of a large building in Korean architectural style. The sky in the background is the colors of sunset or sunrise.

“When my publication day finally arrived, I had been so busy with both book-related and non-book-related obligations, I had made no preparations for how to mark this momentous day.

“I was prepared for it to feel like a regular day.

“But I was wrong!

“I have been actively involved in the kidlit community for a few years now. And for the last several months, I have been actively boosting other authors and their books. This was through promotional groups I belonged to as well as authors I knew, either in real life or just online.

“When my publication date arrived, I received so much support from so many people! I saw posts on different social media platforms before I sent out a single message! The kidlit community is such an amazing and supportive group, and I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of good wishes. It was quite wonderful!

“The biggest takeaway I have gained from becoming a published author is that so many of us hold these dreams in our hearts that feel so impossible and out of reach. But if you make the decision to put in the effort, allow yourself to believe in the dream, even if it’s just a little, and keep putting one foot in front of the other–one day you will get there!

“Those dreams can actually come true!”