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In 2012, when I wrote Cookies & Milk, it came at a time when my own father was poorly and unwell, and it helped to lift my hopes and spirits and make the Christmas season a bit more bearable. At the start of December of this year 2015, my 5-yr old daughter Madison was admitted to hospital for an infection in her body. Her cries of pain and uncertainty made it difficult to cope. After two operations in the span of a week, her condition stabilised, but as any parent can attest to, the idea of your child in the hospital is undoubtably distressing. It is a traumatic experience that affects both child and parent.

One night at the hospital, Madison asked to read Cookies & Milk for her bedtime story. I asked her why she chose that one. She said because it was almost Christmas and that Daddy wrote it. We read the story, as we did every Christmas, and she giggled at the same parts she did every year. Her small sounds of laughter were a good sign, a comforting thought that the story has had such a healing effect for both myself and my daughter. When we were finished, I asked Madison what did she like most about the story, and she said, “you reading it to me.”

Cookies & Milk:  A Christmas Story is now free on the iBookstore until December 31st, 2015.

Merry Christmas, and have a safe and happy festive season.

Download Cookies & Milk

Henry and Abbey
Once again, It’s that festive time of year,
When children dream of presents near.
For the gifts that can’t be easily bought,
They remain the ones most cherished in our heart.

So without further ado,
Here’s a gift from me to you!

Cookies & Milk: A Christmas Story is FREE for a limited time, through the month of December 2014.  Download your free copy today!

Cookies & Milk - T.K. Chung & Curtis Cunningham

Trick or Treat!  What better way to end the Halloween night with your little ones than to read a spooky bedtime story!  The Witchy-Po is available for FREE on the Apple iBooks Store for today only!

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Click here to go download your copy from the Apple iBooks Store.

Enjoy and have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

T.

Enjoy the prologue taken from the ibook Cookies & Milk: A Christmas Story.

Cookies & Milk Tree

Looking for something to keep the kids busy while preparing your festive Christmas holiday meals?  Here are a selection of colouring sheets, based on original sketches from the ebook Cookies & Milk.  Just click on each image you want to download and print them off for your kids to enjoy some fun colouring activities during the busy holiday season.

Alternatively, you can also click here to download all of them in a .zip file.

Enjoy!

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WitchyPoHalloween_2013_ibooksHere’s a special Halloween poster of Henry and Abbey, courtesy of Curtis Cunningham, the illustrator of The Witchy-Po!

A year ago, I wrote a fun little story for my kids, hoping that it would spark their interest in reading. Now, one year later, my 3yr old’s reading level is truly astonishing. The thing is, we all want our kids to learn to read, and we know that in order to hold their interest, it means to make reading an exciting and engaging experience. The hard part is finding the tools in which to make it so. What I did was to create The Witchy-Po as an ebook on the iBookstore, so that the kids could see the words highlighted as they follow along to the story, and be drawn in by the pictures as they follow the words. But there are lots of other things we did too. Make a game out of it. Word games, for example, are a great way to get them interested. For instance, in the car, we play the ‘ing’ game: name words that end in “i-n-g”.

Just be creative. It is important to remember that fun in reading is not just about the words behind the story, but about the experience. Every child is different, they each have their own likes, and they will each learn and explore at their own pace. My 5yr old is taking her time compared to her younger sister, and as long as she is enjoying the experience, I have no worries she will be a capable reader soon.

Keep it fun and interesting,
T