Children’s book author Janet Wong to host visits

By Jodeane Albright

POCATELLO — Janet Wong, children’s book author, will be in Pocatello March 9, 10 and 11 as part of the Bellon Visiting Author Series. She will be at the Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave. from 4 to 5 p.m., on March 9. On March 10 she will be at the Idaho State University College of Education from 7 to 8 p.m., with a prior book signing at 6:15 p.m. And March 11 she will speak at the Portneuf District Library, 5210 Stuart Ave., Chubbuck at 4 p.m.

For several years Wong was an attorney and director of labor relations at Universal Studios. She wanted a change of careers and after visiting a small children’s bookstore looking for books for her nephew, she decided she might enjoy writing books for children.

Since then she and her works have been featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and NPR’s “Car Talk.” She is sought after as a lecturer for education and library conferences, and was even invited to the White House for a national poetry celebration.

Her cultural heritage is Korean, Chinese and American. She grew up in Los Angeles. Her poetry reflects this heritage and she is noted in her writings for her honesty, warmth and humor.

More than 20 years ago a committee made up of local teachers, librarians, and university professors known as the Bellon Visiting Author Series, began inviting a variety of exciting and culturally rich children’s authors, storytellers, and illustrators to schools and the community.

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