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Kai Mahalyn Tampol

First time author, at 6-years old, Kai dictated her story idea to her Grandmother, Author Dr. Velma Bagby. With her grandmother’s help, Kai created the Little Letter k character, and kept her original hand-drawn sketches. At the time she completed her writing, Kai was in first grade. She is now 7 years old and an avid reader with a great imagination and multiple talents.  Black and Filipino and proud of her heritage, Kai’s book has touches of her Filipino culture, which is reflected in Little Letter k’s features and princess outfit. 


Kai released her follow-up coloring book this past’s Black History Month, which features sketches of each letter characters.  Her coloring book continues with an alphabet world full of ABCs with human-like personalities and characteristics which honors his Black and Asian cultures.

Her book was Beta Tested by: Hansel & Gretel Day Care & Pre-School, Hercules, CA (ages 2-4) and Bright Futures Growth & Development Center, Richmond, CA (ages 3-6)

Book Reviews:
A Teacher: “It is a cute book especially for children who are learning letters and colors. As a teacher, I would recommend this book for students’ pre-k-1st grade. I love that this book was written by a young scholar…

A Mom: “My preschooler and I loved reading this book and right after the story, she got her magnetic alphabet, made a boring line then she started an alphabet party. She doesn’t want her alphabet friends to be bored. The author did a great job to inspire kids to use their imagination to think outside the box…

Kai lives in the Bay Area. She is the daughter of Kris and Elvie and has two brothers–CJ and Kaleb. She is a joy to have as a granddaughter to her grandparents Norma & Mick and Bruce & Velma.
Kai and her grandmother would love to stay connected and hear your thoughts about her book.
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WATCH: Kai Mahalyn reads her book live on Budsies Boredom Busters