I had a big imagination growing up, and creativity was my outlet. My favorite toy was the giant cardboard box.
After teaching Pre-K Head Start for two years, I had a vision to make a bigger impact outside my classroom walls. I struggled to find my place in the professional world but found joy in creating children's books for fun while thinking of my former students.
Since then, I've found children's books as a perfect combination for my storytelling passion, doodling skills, teaching background, and childlike personality. I'm also convinced that children's books are just as important to shaping culture as TV, movies, and music, because representation matters across all mediums.
I'm born and raised in Orange County, and I'm currently raising a family in the Bay Area. Follow me at @angelhalochang for all the behind-the-scenes updates!
"One of my favorite memories is learning to roll my Spanish r-sound for the first time, because I was always repeating a particular child’s name….R-r-rafael! Now ask me to roll my r’s for 10 seconds!" In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, I had the unique opportunity to share the unique ties to my work and the children's book passion that came with it. Read it here.
Check out this video I made in 2009 during my Teach For America commitment to teach Pre-K for 2 years in Half Moon Bay. Illustrations and photos from me.