Grace Lin Book Club for Kids
We arrived a half-hour early to this amazing spread!
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.
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.
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 a Trilogy of Companion books that cover the 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
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.
Did you notice how the kids drew the tiger with the lucky symbols? Can you guess how they used the lucky numbers?
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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