Two years after submitting my story of a Korean girl and her family visiting Jindo Island to watch the ‘parting of the sea’ phenomenon, my first publication is finally in print! I spent the entire publishing process anticipating the moment that I would see my name and my words in Spider’s glossy print.
Opening the magazine to my story was wonderful, and Yoshiko Z. Jaeggi‘s beautiful illustrations were just what I had imagined. But unexpectedly, the name I was most excited to see was not my own. Newbery Award Winner Kate diCamillo wrote a moving short story that appeared in the same magazine as my own. A poem by the prolific Michael Rosen shared a spread with my story, illustrated by one of my all time favorites, Quentin Blake.
Far more thrilling than finding my own name in print was discovering that I am sharing pages with some of the people who inspire me most. Thank you, Spider, for allowing me to become a part of the spectacular web of children’s writers.
Check the March issue to find “The Day the Sea Split,” along with many other beautiful stories, poems, and illustrations.