Children’s Books

Winner of Ezra Jack Keats Showcase Prize 2021

Praise for The Turtle Ship

“The splendor of Kong-Savage’s paper collages adds to the storytelling with rich overlapping compositions and patterns.”
Kirkus Review

“Kong-Savage’s collage illustrations bring the story to life through almost 3-D imagery… beautiful…”
—Starred review, School Library Journal

“Striking, precise paper-collage scenes…”
Publishers Weekly

Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. I was proud to make my kidlit debut with them, illustrating The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku Rhee. The picture book was released in Summer 2018. To our delight, it received critical praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, and a starred review in School Library Journal. It also earned a Freeman Honor and placed on Bank Street’s 2019 list of Best Children’s Books of the Year.

The historical fiction imagines Korea’s legendary Admiral Yi Sunsin as a young boy. Set in the 16th century, Sunsin—inspired by his pet turtle—helps his king build one of the strongest battleships in history.