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Our "Don't Miss" Books of 2018 PART 4 with Grace Lin (The Children's Book Podcast #481)

December 30, 2018



Grace Lin (@pacylin), award-winning author and podcast host, joins to share the origin of Kidlitwomen* and the Kidlit Women* podcast. There are a small handful of kidlit podcasts I listen to regularly and that continue to contribute to my professional growth and, quite frankly, I think help make me a better human being. LIFELINES: BOOKS THAT BRIDGE THE DIVIDE is one of those podcasts. Hosts Saadia Faruqi and Ann Braden share book recommendations from marginalized voices and experiences. They offer up insightful interviews. And I honestly walk away feeling like I’ve got another set of tools to make my library program even stronger and more inclusive. THE BEGINNING OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB with Emily Akins is a new podcast on the block, but the exploration of literacy and building lifelong reading habits through the voice of an inquisitive host bent on lifelong learning is just something I’m so absolutely drawn to. BOOKS BETWEEN with Corrina Allen has been a mainstay on my podcast feed for years. What Corrina brings as a book advocate as well as an educator makes this a must-have resource for everyone working with middle grade readers, from teaching them to writing for them. And finally there’s THE KIDLIT WOMEN* PODCAST, the show that’s always at the top of my playlist, the one I cannot imagine this world without, the one that has started conversations that resonate, challenge, affirm, and inspire.




Grace says, "Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books!


I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.


While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.


I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!"


In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.


Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.


Pat, pat, pat...


Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.


Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble?


In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.

A podcast of interviews and essays focusing on women's and gender issues, including non-binary and gender fluidity, in the children’s literature community and all its intersectionality!





EPISODE 2! We're Ready: an Essay by Shannon Hale


EPISODE 3! A Conversation with Shannon Hale


 EPISODE 20! Owning Our Words: Gatekeepers and Gender in Children's Books by Kate Messner


 EPISODE 21! A Conversation with Betsy Bird


EPISODE 24! On Writing, Sexual Harassment and Being an Example, by Corey Ann Haydu


EPISODE 25! A Conversation with Corey Ann Haydu

 EPISODE 40! A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library: a Conversation with Samira Ahmed, Part 1


EPISODE 41! A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library: a Conversation with Samira Ahmed, Part 2

EPISODE 44! No More All-White Panels: a Pledge, by Laurel Snyder


EPISODE 45! A Conversation with Laurel Snyder


EPISODE 46! The NCTE Panel That Went Very Wrong: a Conversation with Tillie Walden, Part 1


EPISODE 47! The NCTE Panel That Went Very Wrong: a Conversation with Tillie Walden, Part 2





Podcast Description:

Here we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children's books that can be bridges across our cultural divides… the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they're not alone. The hosts are Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi. Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity trainer, and a mother of two.



Podcast Description:

The Beginning of Your Life Book Club is a blog and podcast celebrating the transformative power of children’s literature and the magic of picture books.



Podcast Description:

Books Between is a podcast to help teachers, parents, and librarians connect kids between 8 and 12 to books they'll love.

*This post contains affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will support the costs of maintaining the podcast, webcomic, and other materials associated with this site. 





Thank you, JENNY SUE, AMY, SARA, KATE, LISA, DARSHANA, MARIANNE, JARRETT, ANITRA, MIKE, LYNN, LINK, CORRINA, CYNTHIA, ELAINE, DOUG, JUDI, AMANDA, RUTH, LARA, TERESA, and others who are coming with me on this journey. You’re welcome to join us. Just visit and pick the support tier that’s right for you. All the hugs and high fives for all of the many, many ways all of out there listening support this show.


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