The Alachua County Library District is honored to bring Grace Lin to Headquarters Library on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. Lin will answer the question “Why do you paint all those swirls?” and others as she explains the inspirations and thoughts behind her art and stories. Learn more about her multicultural path to becoming an award winning children’s author and illustrator of more than a dozen books.
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. 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 one of 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 more than a dozen more books.
Grace's 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. Ling & Ting, Grace's first early reader, received the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the US, most of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal." Learn more about Grace and her work from her website.