Helena Ku Rhee is a children’s book author based in Los Angeles. Her latest picture book, The Paper Kingdom (Penguin Random House), received starred reviews from Kirkus, Shelf Awareness and Booklist, who called the book “Enchanting and powerful.” The book is on the Spring 2020 Inspired Recommendations list by the American Booksellers Association and listed on the Most Anticipated Children’s Books of 2020 by BookPage. Helena grew up in L.A., but has also lived in various parts of the U.S., Asia and Europe. She loves to travel far and wide across this beautiful planet, counting among her favorite journeys a camping trip in the Sahara Desert, a swim with elephants in Thailand and a horseback-riding tour of Easter Island. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood.