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Meeting Grace Lin at Book Club for Kids Event

Grace Lin Book Club for Kids

Do you remember that Manic Sunday I had in order to get five 5th grade girls including PickyKidPix to a book club for kids event? Well, it was well worth it! Grace Lin was so much fun to meet!

We arrived a half hour early to this amazing spread!

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Beautiful centerpieces celebrating Asian culture at Grace Lin book club for kids sponsored by The Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) in Newton, MA. They brings authors like Grace Lin to present at underserved schools in Boston.

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Grace Lin with baby and husband talk to kids about what inspires her and how she writes and illustrates her wonderful multi-cultural books for kids. East of the Sun and West of the Moon was the book that most influenced her for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

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This book, and others like it, including Chinese Folk Tales and Mythology books like The Frog Rider fascinated her with their beautiful full color illustrations.


Newbery Honor Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is going to be Trilogy of Companion books that cover earth, fire, water and air. Can’t wait for the next one!

Grace Lin’s semi-autobiographical Pacy series is also a favorite of mine and other kids who came to the book club! One little girl asked her which series she liked better and what were her favorite books.

Grace loves …

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (and other old-fashioned books).

Her favorite book of all time as a child? Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery! She even went to Nova Scotia to visit the house.

Her favorite book to write? She says Starry River of the Sky because it’s the first boy character she’s ever written and she was able to create color illustrations in a chapter book format.



Grace Lin Teaches Us How to Draw a Power Tiger

Grace taught us how to draw a “power” tiger. The secret to power is using the Chinese character for Wang which means power and also to use an auspicious number. 6, 8 and 9 are lucky numbers because the way you pronounce it in Chinese also sounds like other lucky words. 4 is not a lucky number. It sounds like the word for death.

Grace Lin's Tiger drawing demonstration

Grace Lin, wang power symbol

Did you notice how the kids drew the tiger with the lucky symbols? Can you guess how they used the lucky numbers?

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Grace Lin teaches how to draw a tiger

Grace Lin tiger drawing lesson

How to craw the tiger? Start with the big U for the tiger’s lower face. Add 2 C’s for ears. Connect the C’s with a line. Draw a triangle nose. Color it in. Draw the loops below and above. Add the dots for eyes. Draw the Wang symbol and make as many whiskers as you please. Remember the numbers for good luck though!

I hope you enjoyed the Grace Lin book club for kids as much as we did. If she comes to your area, I highly recommend seeing her!

p.s. Jump Into a Book has a wonderful post on Grace Lin with more activities if you are planning a book club on Starry River of the Sky or a Chinese New Year party for kids. Included in her post are: video of Grace Lin talking about her book, an interactive read-aloud with a game, recipe for Moon Cakes, and a translation for the names of the characters in the book.


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Amy

    I had the opportunity to attend KidLitCon this past fall. Hearing Grace Lin speak was the highlight of the conference for me! She seemed so nice, and her talk was personal and thoughtful. I see she likes a lot of the same chapter books that I do too! -Amy

    • Hi Amy,
      Isn’t a bonding experience when you find an adult that likes the same books you read as a child?! I know I’ll like that person with such excellent taste in books!:) Grace Lin lives near me so I was always hearing about how a friend at another school got to meet her and how lovely she is. Frankly, I was starting to get a little jealous since I’m such a huge fan of her work! So, I was THRILLED to have the opportunity to meet her and bring my 5th grade girls’ book club to the event. It was crazy trying to get the girls there — they are all so busy — but well worth it! I blogged on our logistics to get them there at Just Another Manic Sunday: . Thank goodness one of the moms is very good a logistics because I am not!
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  2. Asianmommy

    How fun to get a chance to meet a favorite author.
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  3. Jeanette Nyberg

    I love power tiger! And now I shall renounce the number 4 forevermore. How cool this must have been to hear her speak- I’d love the chance to see her.
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  4. Elle Carter Neal

    Oh, I love those tigers. So cute and easy to do. I really admire people who both write and illustrate; I draw and paint sometimes as a hobby, but it doesn’t come as naturally to me as words do.
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  5. Hi there, this is such a lovely post. The video clip looks great and it’s interesting to note Grace Lin’s favorite books. Wonderful! It must have been quite an experience hearing her speak – the earth, fire, water, air series also sound very promising. Looking forward to it. In the meantime, I have to get myself a copy of Starry River of the Sky. 🙂
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  6. She sounds amazing, and her books are fantastic. How awesome to meet her!
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  7. Giora

    Seems like a great meeting for the girl with the author/illustrator Grace Lin. And drawing the tiger is really cool.

  8. Ann

    Great post! I would have loved to be there!!!
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  9. Rebecca from Here Come the Girls

    Looks like an amazing experience which really brought the books to life. I’m off to order on amazon now!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase
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  10. Two years ago, I met Grace Lin at a literacy festival. How awesome that your club got to meet and do a craft with her.

    I didn’t know her second fantasy book was out. That’s going on my wish list!

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