hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Brian Won

Brian Won wore many hats as a busboy, shoe salesman, library shelver, art director, and designer before making children’s books. His debut children’s book, Hooray for Hat!, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Coffee black, no cream no sugar. Any brand, even gas station coffee is fine by me.

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Outer Space, Bedtime Race written by Rob Sanders (Random House, 2015), How to Tell a Story written by Daniel Nayeri (Workman, 2014), and Hooray for Hat! (HMH, 2014). Forthcoming: Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes written by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick, June 14, 2016), and Hooray for Today! (HMH, September 6, 2016).




☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig (HarperCollins, 1998).

☕ Visit Brian Won’s Official Website.

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Check out the trailer for Outer Space, Bedtime Race!


☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Adorable book trailer for Hooray for Hat!


☕☕☕☕ STILL THIRSTY: How to Tell a Story trailer 🙂


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8 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Brian Won

  1. Loved the trailer for Hooray for Hat–very sweet!

    And the Secret Agent Man book looks hilarious!

    Thanks, Jama & Brian. It’s like infinity–a hot-tea, and a hot-tea, and a hot-tea & so on….

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  2. Oh, my word SECRET AGENT MAN! Clearly, even agents have get regular stuff done. What a cute little guy. I love this artist’s style. The HOW TO TELL A STORY thing is AMAZING, though; how I wish I’d had this when I was teaching 4th-5th grade language arts!!!

    I am completely gaga over the meta of the hat and the mug repeating into hotTea infinity.


    1. I love those story blocks too :). Brian’s mug shot is the best, isn’t it? And I agree that the secret agent man is adorable — isn’t that what you call your agent?


  3. I love your hotTEAs series, Jama! I love having a the latest info on which picture books to be on the look out for. I especially like this picture of Brian Won drinking from a mug with his picture drinking from a mug…repeating. Very clever!


    1. Yes, he’s too clever. Glad you’re enjoying the series, Bridget. It gives me a chance to find out about the latest books too — and I also like catching up with those I’ve missed.


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