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Grace Lin

Grades: PreK-7
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    Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than 20 books — from picture books to young adult novels — for kids. Most of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience, she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal." You can watch the interview, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Grace Lin, or see a selected list of her children's books.

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    Getting Published

    Though she'd studied illustration in college, it took Grace Lin a while to get published. Getting laid off from her job making t-shirts was just the push she needed. Listen as Grace describes how she decided in childhood that she wanted to create storybooks and how years later she finally succeeded in the children's book industry.

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    Cultural Mirrors and Windows

    Grace Lin's first picture book, The Ugly Vegetables, was based on her mother's garden and her own childhood experience as the only Asian girl in her class. Based on feedback from readers and experiences in her childhood, Grace frequently uses Asian characters in her books. In the interview, Grace describes how her books help those who are Asian see themselves in stories and how the books help others see into the Asian world.

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    Pictures Can't Always Tell the Story

    Grace Lin describes how she branched out into writing young adult novels and how she really enjoyed the passionate feedback from her older readers.

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    Things She Missed Growing Up

    Grace Lin's explains how books have become a way for her to recapture the Asian culture heritage she resisted when she was younger. She describes how she read Chinese fairy tales when she was younger, but how they had much more meaning for her after she was able to visit China, and how this experience figures into her book 'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.'

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    A Search for Happiness

    'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon' is Grace Lin's take on a traditional Chinese fairy tale combined with her personal story of grieving for her late husband and searching for happiness after his passing.

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    Best Friends

    Grace Lin's best friend since childhood is her editor, who helped Grace include illustrations in one her latest books & even appears in her book as the character Melody! In the interview, Grace describes meeting her childhood friend and how their lives have taken similar courses.

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    Advice for Aspiring Writers

    Grace Lin shares her advice for becoming a children's book author. She believes that authors have to love their own writing before they can expect others to enjoy it, and that if a person wants to become a writer, he or she first has to be a reader.

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    Reading from "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"

    Grace Lin reads an excerpt from her book, 'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.' The story, loosely based on a Chinese folktale called 'Olive Lake,' follows Minli on a journey to meet the old man of the moon. Along the way Minli meets many characters, each of whom tell her a story that eventually affects the outcome of her own story.

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Explore the background, career, and writing of children’s author and illustrator Grace Lin. Understand how her Chinese culture has influenced her writing and find a list of Lin’s books for children and young adults.


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    Meet the Author

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    Meet the Author

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    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/lin

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    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/lin

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    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/lin

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