Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea and moved to New York City to study art. She was selected as one of the most prominent new children's book artists by Publishers Weekly. She has written and illustrated many children's books. Her books have received several awards, including the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award.
She currently resides in New York City.
When she is not creating, she loves to meet and play with children in her community and around the world.
The local children in a shelter, the mountain children in the Himalayas, the Bedouin children in the Arabian desert, the orphans in flooded Cambodia, and the North Korean defector children are among her greatest teachers.