Children’s Books

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

 

“…striking, precise paper-collage scenes…”
—Publishers Weekly

Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. I am proud to make my kidlit debut with them, illustrating Helena Ku Rhee‘s The Turtle Ship. It was released this summer 2018, and I am delighted that the book has received critical praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, and a starred review in School Library Journal.

The picture book is a fictionalization of the legendary Admiral Yi Sunsin as a young boy. Set in 16th century Korea, Sunsin—inspired by his pet turtle—helps his king build one of the strongest battleships in history.

Illustration for The Turtle Ship cover
Illustration for The Turtle Ship cover

 

Tronvig Group is among the top branding agencies in New York City. The firm specializes in serving nonprofit organizations, including Pen America and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I was thrilled to work on their library campaign, which ran during 2018’s ALA Annual Conference. The campaign message: Libraries must change perceptions to survive. My assignment was to illustrate and design a series of digital ads of various dimensions—static and animated—to convey this message. We wanted the graphics to appeal to the literary minded. Below is a gallery of the still ads, followed by a sequence for one of the animations.

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Below are other images from my children’s book publishing portfolio. You can see even more artwork when you visit my children’s book illustration website at www.kongsavage.com.