Award-winning children’s author/illustrator Grace Lin joins us at for an afternoon of storytelling featuring A BIG BED FOR LITTLE SNOW (recommended for ages 4 – 8).
A companion to the Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, A BIG BED FOR LITTLE SNOW is a tender picture book introducing readers to their first snow. Using striking illustrations and heartwarming moments, Lin has crafted the perfect bedtime story for young children. This cozy book has been called “a sweet and clever myth” by Kirkus Reviews and is sure to dazzle readers and become a modern bedtime classic. Like A Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats, this book teaches children about literary allusions and how folktales can tell the original stories of how the world works.
Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, her Geisel Honor LING & TING, her National Book Finalist WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER and her Caldecott Honor A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR. But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as an occasional New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” as well as her PBSNewHour video essay “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?.” She continues this mission with her two podcasts kidlitwomen* and Book Friends Forever. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.