Author Grace Lin Talks Book Banning, Inclusivity, and Winning A Caldecott and a Newbery

MG Book Party

Jul 11 2022 • 1 hr 8 mins

Ever wondered what it's like to win both a Newbery AND a Caldecott award?

Author/illustrator and delightful human, Grace Lin, is with us today and she shares all the behind-the-scenes award info you've been looking for, plus:

  • Why it's important that books serve as both windows and mirrors.
  • Why books get banned.
  • How a better solution beyond cultivating lists of diverse books might be to integrate diversity and inclusion into the curriculum at large: math, science, English, health, etc. and what that looks like.
  • How many of our favorite childhood books are a little like that one out-of-touch relative we all have.
  • The advantages of growing with a small publisher.
  • Winning both a Newbery Award and Caldecott Award.
  • The pros and cons of how books are labeled for the market.
  • How she chooses her illustration styles.

And more! You don't want to miss this episode.

You can find Grace at her website, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!

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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly The Same!
A Big Mooncake For Little Star
When The Sea Turned To Silver
The Year Of The Dog
Starry River of the Sky

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