NEW RELEASE! “Brandon Goes to Beijing (BĔIJĪNG北京)” by Eugenia Chu


**New Release and FREE ebook on September 3, 2019!**

Brandon Goes to Beijing (北京), a brand new chapter book by author Eugenia Chu, launches on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019! As a special bonus, the Kindle Ebook version will be FREE on Amazon that day, too!!! Please download this adorable book and if you like it, please leave a review to thank the author and her illustrator, Eliza Hsu Chen, for all their hard work!

About the story:

Brandon and his cousins are on a trip to visit their grandparents in Beijing, China. While bonding with family, practicing Chinese, touring historic sites and feasting on local dishes, Brandon thinks he sees a tiny panda. However, every time he gets close, the panda disappears! Is Brandon imagining this small creature, or is it real? Will Brandon find out before he has to fly back home?

Brandon Goes to Beijing (北京) is a multicultural, multi-generational chapter book. This book includes some Mandarin Chinese (Simplified) with Pinyin pronunciation, adding layers for those learning or interested in the Chinese language and culture.

Brandon Goes to Beijing (北京) follows Eugenia’s debut picture book, Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)(a story about a boy and his grandma who bond while making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子).

About the Author:

Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She lives on a magical beach in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, yoga and drinking too much coffee. She has been a presenter at numerous schools, libraries and book festivals.


When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own. Brandon Goes to Beijing (北京) is her second “Brandon” story and first children’s chapter book. 

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I was a guest on Mavens Do It Better!

“I always wanted my books and stories out there, but I hadn’t actually done anything about it, hadn’t really focused on it. But then I finally started thinking, all right, I’ve got to do something—anything—just do it!” -from my interview with Heather Newman


Heather Newman does many wonderful things, among them being the founder and CEO of Creative Maven, and the co-founder and CMO of Content Panda. Along with being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), which is how we met, she has a wonderful podcast called Mavens Do It Better, where she showcases experts—mavens—in their respective industries and fields who live their passions and spark up the world.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when she wanted to do such an interview with me!

You’ll hear (or read via the transcript) how I got started with technology and worked my way up to where I am now, and then we go full-tilt into the children’s book world. Enjoy!

EPISODE 37: Tech and Children’s Book Maven, Becky Benishek 

And remember: Always carry a pen and an eating utensil, and you’ll be fine for life.