Press Kit


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HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES:
Author Photo
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Book Covers:
The Lin Family Picturebooks:
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Grace's Novels:
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Grace's Early Readers:
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Grace's most popular books:
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AUTHOR BIOS:
the long version
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Grace Lin grew up in Upstate New York with her parents and two sisters. While the other sisters became scientists, Grace became an artist. Surprisingly enough, being an artist was not Grace's first choice. She first dreamed of being a champion ice skater, and drew many pictures of herself twirling and dancing on the ice. Unfortunately, Grace had neither the talent nor coordination to make it to skating stardom. However, the pictures she drew of herself held much promise and quickly became Grace's career focus.

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Grace quickly set out to achieve her dream of creating children's books. Her first book, THE UGLY VEGETABLES, was published in 1999 and was quickly heralded. As well as being an American Booksellers Association's "Pick of the List" and a Bank's Street College Best Books of the Year, THE UGLY VEGETABLES was nominated for the California Young Reader Children's Choice Award and named a Growing Good Kids Book Award CLASSIC.

Grace followed that success with the publication of over a dozen more books, including DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE! and LISSY'S FRIENDS. Grace's first children's novel, THE YEAR OF THE DOG was released to glowing praise in 2006 and nominated to the TX Bluebonnet list, which she followed with THE YEAR OF THE RAT. Her novel WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON was awarded the 2010 Newbery Honor, chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. Grace's early reader LING & TING was awarded with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011.

As well as occasionally reviewing for the NYTimes, Grace has became an advocate for diversity. She is a commentator for New England Public Radio and created the video essay, “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?" for PBSNewHour. Grace also delivered the popular TEDx talk, "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf." Grace truly believes, , "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal."

To that end, when the cover illustration for her novel WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER (a 2016 National Book Award Finalist) was displayed at the White House, Grace, herself, was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Grace lives in Florence, MA with her husband and daughter. Please visit her website: www.gracelin.com for more info!


the shorter & more serious version (copy & paste):
Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, her Geisel Honor LING & TING, and her National Book Finalist WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER. But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as a New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” as well as her PBSNewHour video essay “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

the accolade version (when it's necessary to prove Grace is worth seeing/listening to) (copy & paste):
Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

OTHER MATERIALS:
Video of Grace (incomplete list)
Grace's TEDx talk, "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf"youtube video
on NBC's Today Show for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"(Al Roker's Dec. 2009 Book Club Pick) youtube link
on NBC's Today Show for "Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure" (charity art snowflakes with Robert, 2004) quicktime movie-5 MB

Interviews of Grace
in the School and Library Journal
interview in BookPage
interview in Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup Blog
interview at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Blog

Essays by Grace- These are downloadable PDFs.
Why Couldn't Snow White be Chinese?--Finding Identity Through Children's Books
Don't Judge a Book by its Character (even if it is Chinese): Why I Wrote the Year of The Dog
The Extra Adjective: How I Came to Terms With Being a Multicultural Author