Books by Grace Lin

LING & TING SHARE A BIRTHDAY by Grace Lin
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Tw-inspiring fiction for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Lin swaps her trademark cupcake for birthday cake in this cheery follow-up to Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same (2010). Read full book review >
STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY by Grace Lin
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A worthy companion to Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009). (author's note, bibliography of Chinese folk tales) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a troubled runaway arrives in an isolated Chinese village where the moon has disappeared, he initiates a quest to find the missing orb and resolve his past. Read full book review >
DUMPLING DAYS by Grace Lin
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Deftly weaving together historical anecdotes and simple line illustrations, Lin once again touches the heart of growing up in a multicultural family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Pacy and her family travel to Taiwan for one month to celebrate her grandmother's 60th birthday, giving this Chinese-American girl another lens through which she can examine her identity. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An endnote further describes the festival, emphasizing families coming together, just like the moon returning to its fullness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Opposing the exuberant energy found by this same Chinese-American family in Bringing in the New Year (2008), the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a much more contemplative and quiet observance. Read full book review >
LING & TING by Grace Lin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2010

"This spot-on depiction of twins celebrates individuality. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Newbery Honor author Lin makes a stunning entrée into the world of early readers. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2009

"Richly hued illustrations reinforce the Chinese folk theme. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
To change her family's fortunes, a poor Chinese girl embarks on a fantastical quest to discover she already has everything she needs to be happy. Read full book review >
BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR by Grace Lin
FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Includes a note on some of the traditions and symbols surrounding the festivities and endpapers illustrating many of the accoutrements. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Is the New Year coming?" Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE RAT by Grace Lin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Readers of this gentle, appealing sequel will appreciate the way the engaging protagonist discovers she can survive the changes a new year brings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Being rude on Chinese New Year can bring bad luck. Read full book review >
THE RED THREAD by Grace Lin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This is a splendid addition to the adoption category, but perfectly wonderful for any reader who likes stories that tug at the heartstrings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A red thread connects those who are destined to be together, according to the ancient Chinese belief. Read full book review >
OLVINA SWIMS by Grace Lin
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"A refreshing dive into a common anxiety with an uplifting message. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bird Convention has ended and it's time for vacation in Hawaii. Read full book review >
LISSY’S FRIENDS by Grace Lin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Instructions for origami paper crane appended. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Shy Lissy feels alone with no friends at her new school. Read full book review >
OUR SEASONS by Grace Lin
TIME & SEASONS
Released: July 1, 2006

"If the haikus aren't quite to the level of Jack Prelutsky's If Not For the Cat (2004) or George Shannon's Spring (1996), that's a small quibble given that this has the potential to interest children in both poetry and science. (Picture book/poetry/nonfiction. 5-10)"
In this intriguing combination of poetry and nonfiction, each season is given three double-spreads, containing a haiku and a science question-and-answer. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE DOG by Grace Lin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"This comfortable first-person story will be a treat for Asian-American girls looking to see themselves in their reading, but also for any reader who enjoys stories of friendship and family life. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Being Taiwanese-American is confusing, and being the only Asian kid in your elementary school—except for your older sister—is not always comfortable. Read full book review >
ROBERT’S SNOW by Grace Lin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The illustrations convey what Robert knows and the young reader learns about that eventful Christmas Eve. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Robert, a playful mouse, and his sensible family live in a dilapidated shoe. Read full book review >
FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNES by Grace Lin
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"An author's note provides information about the fortune cookie's history and its roots in both Chinese and Japanese culture. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The middle daughter of three girls in a Chinese-American family is the narrator of this exploration of the paper fortunes found in those irresistible cookies, leading to a wider look at good luck and good fortune in general. Read full book review >
OKIE-DOKIE, ARTICHOKIE! by Grace Lin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Mildly pleasant and amicable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Marklee, a monkey, receives a slightly stiff greeting when he excitedly welcomes his new downstairs giraffe neighbor, Artichoke. Read full book review >
OLVINA FLIES by Grace Lin
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fun, reassuring, and very useful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An invitation to the Tenth Annual Bird Convention in Hawaii motivates Olvina to overcome her fear of flying on an airplane (since chickens themselves can't fly, silly). Read full book review >
ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU by C.C. Cameron
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 1, 2003

"And though the message is lightly delivered, what will really grab those readers is the art from the talented Lin (Olvina Flies, below, etc.): bright, fascinating tapestries of light, color, pattern, and activity. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Though the message in Cameron's debut is that sharing makes everybody happy, it plays out against a background of great familiarity: an unmediated disagreement over the division of the spoils. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN CHINESE SISTERS by Kathy Tucker
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2003

"An entertaining feminist twist not to be confused with the original, this has strong female protagonists to help balance the rather strained story. (Folktale. 5-8)"
It was bound to happen in this era of feminized folk tales: a regendered version of what the blurb calls "a classic Chinese folk tale," though the only thing this has in common with the classic is the number of protagonists. Read full book review >
RED IS A DRAGON by Roseanne Thong
COLORS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A glossary adds strength to this jaunty cultural salute. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pure, bright colors, excellent use of pattern, and Chinese-influenced composition and perspective dovetail neatly with color rhymes from the pair who brought readers Round Is a Mooncake (2000). Read full book review >
WHERE ON EARTH IS MY BAGEL? by Frances Park
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Lin's transporting artwork has a toned-down Eastern flavor that makes for a successful expression of the story's trans-cultural happening, but it is the pursuit of passion—and the warm rewards that may follow on its wake—that makes this story special. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The fates look kindly upon the mixture of longing, serendipity, and quick thinking that accompanies the Parks' story of Yum Yung's bagel desire. Read full book review >
DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE! by Grace Lin
Released: July 10, 2001

"A delightful read-aloud, sure to please those children who have enjoyed dim sum and a fascinating adventure for those who have yet to experience it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dim sum is the perfect tea party for children because of the tasty, small dishes on teacarts from which to choose. Read full book review >
KITE FLYING by Grace Lin
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"As cheerful as a breezy summer day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A windy day offers the family from Dim Sum for Everyone! (2002) the perfect opportunity to build and fly a kite. Read full book review >
THE JADE NECKLACE by Paul Yee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"Yee's narrative takes flight alongside Lin's accomplished illustration; unfortunately, his truncated closing falls a bit flat, leaving eager readers wishing for more. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Family, faith, and the immigrant experience get equal treatment in Yee's (Tales from Gold Mountain, 1999, etc.) latest offering. Read full book review >
ROUND IS A MOONCAKE by Roseanne Thong
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A charming and instructive math concept book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Asian theme sparks a multicultural learning opportunity as a lively young girl observes shapes in the world around her in this delightful debut by Thong and Lin. Read full book review >