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I am a member of SCBWI and 12×12, a 2021 #PBParty Finalist, a 2020 We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Mentorship Program finalist, and was selected out of over 50 applicants for a 2019 #PBChat mentorship with Pam Calvert. As a former science fair competitor, Juilliard Pre-College piano alumni, statistics major at Columbia University, and avid researcher for both lab and market needs, my goal now is to create picture books that spark kids’ interest in STEAM.

Represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Birch Path Literary.

Little did I know my massive glasses would resemble a lot of today’s spectacled PB characters! Recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition Memorial Award in 1988 and 1990 (the latter book Sandra’s New Sister pictured at top, hand-written, illustrated, and if-I-recall-right white-floral-wallpaper cover bound with duct tape).

Throwback picture as a child next to handmade book and award medals
PBChat Mentorship announcement with quote by Pam Calvert: "I remembered Sylvia's manuscripts from last year, and they'd impressed me. But since then, her work has not only improved but she now has an arsenal of REALLY cute, intelligent, and totally impressive picture books that I can't wait to work on with her. I think she has an amazing story voice and she can even meld her Asian background with STEM elements. If you can do something excellent in a different way, that's a winning combination!"
Member of SCBWI
12x12 Official Participant
PBParty 2021 Finalist
2021 Storystorm Participant
2020 Storystorm Winner!
2019 PBChat Mentee