Children’s Books in South Korea


Ellen E. M. Roberts, editor-in-chief of Where Books Begin, appeared at Paichai University in Daejeon, South Korea on September 24, 2011. Sponsored by the Korea Association of Children’s Literature & Education (KACL&E) this special conference addressed Writing & Publishing the Children’s Picture Book.

Ellen’s book THE CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK: How To Write It, How to Sell It, was first published in Korea in 2002. It is very popular there. Her lecture topic was PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR BETTER BRAINS: How Picture Books Help Children Learn to Read, Write and Think.

She discussed  picture books for children from birth to age nine, as well as illustrated books for teenagers, including telenovelas, magna, graphic novels and comic books. Her focus was  on the interplay of visual images and aural signals in integrating the child’s embrace of a story.

This important event was co-hosted by International Board on Korean Committee Books for Young People (KBBY) and  took place on September 24, 2011.

The conference was organized by Keumhee Kim, Ph. D., Dept. of Child Studies
Korea Nazarene University, Ssangyongdong 456, CheonAn, ChoongNam, South Korea
330-718. She can be contacted at