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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).

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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