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 that “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday,
and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures
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!