Lovely books illustrated by Grace Lin



I stumbled across these two books at the library last week and am so glad I did. They're wonderful! Sweet and colorful and so much more than just color and shape books. Both are written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin.


From Red is a Dragon:

Red are melons
cool and sweet
Red are lychees
a summer treat


From Round is a Mooncake:

Rectangles are
inking stones
Paintbrush racks
and mobile phones

Since I've fallen in love with Grace Lin's illustrations, I did a little search on her. Turns out she's illustrated (and written!) quite a lot. There's a great interview and bio here at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast that also describes a number of her other books. Very worth checking out. Look for the picture of Lissy's Friends — that's the book I want to find next!

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    July 30, 2009 at 3:50 am

    They look great – colours especially. I am always on the hunt for new children’s books and so thanks!

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    Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish
    July 30, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Grace Lin is one of our favorites! An amazing author, talented illustrator, and a very generous and kind woman. In addition to her fabulous picture books we LOVE her chapter books “Year of the Dog” and “Year of the Rat”. As a family with Taiwanese connections (our daughter is from Taiwan) we have a large and treasured collection of her work and last year she sent my children some personalized book plates. She’s wonderful. Hoping one day we can make it one of her book readings. Be sure to visit her website
    her blog
    So glad to see you enjoy her books as much as we do.

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    July 30, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Wow, what lovely prose/poetry and illustrations. These are definitely titles I will be looking out for.

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    Melissa G
    July 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

    These are beautiful! Thanks – we’re always looking for more books, and these look charming.

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    July 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    We had the pleasure of hearing her read at our local kids’ museum! I don’t know who was gushing more, my kids or me! We really like Ugly Vegetables. She sells prints, but I think I would want such huge ones I’d never be able to afford it!

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    July 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Very beautiful books. Thanks for sharing the post.

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    July 31, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for sharing. There’s an award for you over here:

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    Ginger Carlson
    July 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    My son discovered Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat this year too, and just devoured them. I don’t think her audience was ever intended to be 8 year old boys, so what a treat to see him connect with them and the Taiwanese-American culture like he did :)

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    August 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    we loved lissy’s friend. I think it was my daughter’s favorite.

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    Stacy (mama-om)
    August 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    My sons love Red Is a Dragon!
    I like her books, too. :)

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    August 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    She’s always been a favorite of mine. The name is escaping me but I really like her fortune cookie book :) Great multicultural read for kiddos.

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