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Publication Order of Pacy Books

The Year of the Dog (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year of the Rat (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dumpling Days (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ling & Ting Books

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ling & Ting Share a Birthday (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starry River of the Sky (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Sea Turned to Silver (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mulan (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story (With: Julia Kuo,Martha Brockenbrough) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Ugly Vegetables (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dim Sum for Everyone! (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kite Flying (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Okie, Dokie Artichokie (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fortune Cookie Fortunes (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert's Snow (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Carols (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twelve Days of Christmas (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert's Snowflakes (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lissy's Friends (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Thread (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bringing In the New Year (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanking the Moon (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle! Sphere! (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Up to My Knees! (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Will Fit? (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Book (With: Kate Messner) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of She Persisted Books

Ella Fitzgerald (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stella Batts Something Blue (By: Courtney Sheinmel) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 American Women Who Changed the World (By: Chelsea Clinton) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Persisted Around the World (By: Chelsea Clinton) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game (By: Chelsea Clinton) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harriet Tubman (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudette Colvin (By: Lesa Cline-Ransome) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sally Ride (By: Atia Abawi) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Virginia Apgar (By: Sayantani DasGupta) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nellie Bly (By: Michelle Knudsen) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sonia Sotomayor (By: Meg Medina) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florence Griffith Joyner (By: Rita Williams-Garcia) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruby Bridges (By: Kekla Magoon) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clara Lemlich (By: Deborah Heiligman) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Margaret Chase Smith (By: Ruby Shamir) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maria Tallchief (By: Christine Day) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helen Keller (By: Courtney Sheinmel) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oprah Winfrey (By: Renée Watson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wangari Maathai (By: Eucabeth A. Odhiambo) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference (By: Chelsea Clinton) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Temple Grandin (By: Lyn Miller-Lachmann) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patsy Mink (By: Tae Keller) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patsy Mink (By: Tae Keller) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malala Yousafzai (By: Aisha Saeed) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diana Taurasi (By: Monica Brown) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wilma Mankiller (By: Traci Sorell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maya Lin (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosalind Franklin (By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dorothy Height (By: Kelly Starling Lyons) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florence Nightingale (By: Alexandra Boiger,Chelsea Clinton,Gillian Flint,Shelli R. Johannes) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pura Belpré (By: Meg Medina,Marilisa Jimenez Garcia) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simone Biles (By: Kekla Magoon) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Been There, Done That(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Creativity Project(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Amongst the many children’s writers and illustrators of the modern era, there is no doubt that Grace Lin has an important role to play. Born in the year 1974, Lin is a well known and highly respected writer whose specific area of focus is young children. Her parents were basically immigrants who settled in The US. She grew up in New York and did her graduation from Rhode Island’s School of Design. Aged 42 years, Lin now resides in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is married and has a daughter born in 2012. Over the years she has written quite a few books which have caught the imagination of children in particular and other book lovers in general. She has written a number of books ranging from Starry River of The Sky to The Year of The Rat. She has a unique and different way of writing which attracts and mesmerizes children to say the least.


It would be pertinent to mention here that she has been nominated for quite a few prestigious awards. Her famous book Where the Mountain Meets The Moon has won the prestigious 2011 Newbery Honor Book Mention. Additionally she got the same award in 2007 for her book Year of The Dog. In the same year she also was nominated for the famous Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Works of Grace Lin

Grace Lin started writing at an early age of 25 and her first book was The Ugly Vegetables. The book was published in the year 1999 and it received very good response and critical acclaim. Thus started her writing career and over the past seventeen years she has written around seventeen individual books. Additionally she also has penned three Children’s Fairytale Series apart from coming out with the famous Ling & Ting series which has four books to it. Additionally it also would be pertinent to mention here that she has written two books under the Pacy Series titled the Year Of The Rat and The Year Of The Cat.

A Look At A Few Of Her Books

It would difficult to talk about each and every book which she has written over the past few years. However, we will try and look at two of her famous books which have left a lasting impression in the minds of thousands of her readers and these books also have won her critical acclaim. As mentioned above a few of her books have won her awards and special mention. One such book is Where The Mountain Meets The Moon. This is a fantastic adventure book of Grace Lin in the same style of The Wizard Of the Oz. It is about the story of a girl named Minli who lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain. She works hard in the fields during the day and the nights are spent listening to the wonderful fairytale woven nicely and told by her father. The story is about Jade The Dragon and the Old Man Of the Moon. However, Minli’s mother is least interested in these stories given the fact that the entire family was in poverty. She therefore kept chiding her husband and was not happy that her daughter was seemingly being fed with nonsense.

However, Minli is fascinated by the story of her dad and accidently she encounters a number of magical and weird characters along the way. She also comes across a dragon which also is keen to accompany her in her quest for Old Man of the Moon. Fantastically written, it is gripping, naturally flowing and children well and truly relish it and many of them consider it unputdownable.

The Year of The Dog is another wonderfully written book and the book is centered round the main character, a girl by the name Grace. It is about a girl who migrates to the USA from Taiwan (incidentally, Grace Lin is also a Taiwanese immigrant). She is called Pacy in the home while in school she is better known as Grace. Grace is from a family which respects their tradition and culture and they celebrate the Chinese New Year with aplomb and class. This celebration is all about the Year Of the Dog which in fact symbolizes friends. Grace comes across a girl called Melody, who also is of the same origin. While there are quite a few similarities between them, they also have quite a few differences. Melody is good at speaking Taiwanese while Grace cannot. Melody is careful about what she eats while Grace is more at home with junk foods. Grace and Melody in their quest to learn new things in their life take part in a number of school activities. Will Grace be able to fulfill her dream of being a talented person? The book provides the answer as it weaves it way through the various twists and turns associated with their school life. The illustrator of the above two characters is Grace Lin and she has well and truly done an amazing job.

Though Grace Lin has penned a number of books, illustrations, and series, none of her books have been made into movies. There is however, a growing demand amongst many readers that a few of her masterpieces should be made into movies and it is hoped that things will certainly become a reality in the none-too distant future.


In fine there is little doubt that in today’s world where the internet, computers and other audio-visual mediums have all but killed reading habits amongst children, the works of Grace Lin continue to inspire thousands of students across the world. It certainly is tribute to her style of writing. What perhaps makes her different from others is the fact that she writes in a style and tone which is highly appealing to the kids. It is simple in language but at the same highly captivating and interesting. Being of a reasonably young age, there are reasons to believe that Grace Lin has many more years or perhaps even decades of quality writing left ahead of her. Apart from the 26 odd books, illustrations and series she has written, the remaining part of her life may see writing dozens of various books covering various areas of interest of children.

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