Hi! I'm Katrina!
I'm an American-Born-Chinese mom living in San Francisco, CA. This journey all started when I began to look for dual language Chinese/English children's books so that I could read with my daughter, Mina. I have some basic conversational skills, but I'm not fluent in Chinese nor cannot read or write Chinese. Books with both Pinyin and English are especially useful to me since I don't recognize many Chinese characters. I was disappointed to discover that well-illustrated bilingual books are extremely hard to find, especially ones that are intended for English speakers. Most are of poor quality, badly translated and/or have cultural differences that many American children can't relate to. I decided to create my own books inspired by my daughter and I'm so excited to share them with you!
Fluency in a language is most easily gained if a child is exposed to it within the first few years of life. Supporting my daughter in learning Chinese and preserving our Chinese culture is very important to me. I created these books for like-minded parents interested in fostering the development of dual-language with their children.
To learn more, Chalk Academy has interviewed me about my process and project. You can read the interview here.
This is a self-published and self-funded project, so I really appreciate your support. If you share my values in dual language learning, I hope you will share my books with your community, friends and family.