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Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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September 2015

Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant

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Christopher Weyant.


Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Ooh la la, I am so excited to be presenting a duo, a couple, a pair, a team - a writer and an illustrator who have garnered enormous success WITH THEIR FIRST BOOK!!!

Whether you are big or small, you’re sure to fall in love with their book, You are (Not) Small. It is with tremendous excitement that I present our BCCLS Invite an Author duo for September 2015, Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant.

Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of You Are (Not) Small, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association.

From the ALA website, “The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. In “You Are (Not) Small,” a heated debate quickly ensues when two furry creatures can’t agree on who is big and who is small. As more creatures take sides, the situation escalates until new arrivals put everything into perspective with a BOOM! Everyone soon reaches an understanding that size is relative, and walk away realizing that they have more in common than they thought.

“ 'You Are (Not) Small' shows that, by pairing energetic pictures with carefully crafted words, even a small story is able to make a big impact.” said Geisel Award Committee Chair Kevin Delecki.

Their follow-up book, That’s (Not) Mine, will be published by Two Lions in September 2015. They live in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kate and Lily, a guinea pig named Athena, and a hermit crab named Olaf.

Anna, a native New Yorker, received an M.F.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between. Besides writing, Anna loves to read, travel, laugh, eat, and nap.

Christopher is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work can regularly be seen in The New Yorker magazine. His cartoons are syndicated worldwide and have been featured on The Today Show, Meet the Press, and World News Tonight.

On You Are (Not) Small:

"Fuzzy, bearlike creatures of different sizes relate to one another in an amusing story that explores the relative nature of size...While the story itself seems simple, the concepts are pertinent to several important social issues such as bullying and racism, as well as understanding point of view.Charming characters, a clever plot and a quiet message tucked inside a humorous tale."

Kirkus Reviews

"In this endearing story, two bears argue about perspective. Each is convinced that the other is big or small in comparison to him and his friends ("I am not small. You are big."; "I am not big. See?")...The illustrations complement the text nicely; the characters are expressive and likeable. The use of white space and large text make this a perfect book for reading aloud or for a shared lap read."

School Library Journal

On That's (Not) Mine:

"Told entirely through (increasingly irate) dialogue, Kang and Weyant’s follow-up to You Are (Not) Small, brings back the purple and orange bearlike creatures from that book, who are now fighting over ownership of a chair. “I was sitting in it before,” says the purple one. “I’m sitting in it now,” responds the other. Using distraction (a spinning, zooming swivel chair) and dirty tricks (a tickle-inducing feather), the animals wrest control of the chair from the other, before giving up to play together. Kang’s stripped-down dialogue and Weyant’s exuberant cartoons tap into the core of their characters’ emotions in a story that highlights the foolishness of fighting when there’s fun to be had."

Publishers Weekly

Contact Anna and Chris directly at akang1 @

Imagine all the fun they’ll bring to your children’s room?

Warmest regards,