As a critical piece of the district’s diversity, equity and inclusion work, K-5 students and members of the International Club will connect with award-wining author and illustrator Grace Lin during a virtual visit on Feb. 8-11.
During her visit, which was generously sponsored by the Bronxville School Foundation, Lin will provide the elementary school students with insight into her writing process and the inspirations for her books. She will also read stories from her novels and engage the students in interactive activities, including teaching them how to draw a dog and a Chinese dragon. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. In addition, Lin will share her story with faculty members during a virtual districtwide assembly and will connect with high school students to discuss her experiences of growing up Asian in upstate New York.
According to the author, her experiences have influenced her books, including her Newbery Honor, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”; her Geisel Honor, “Ling & Ting”; her National Book Award finalist, “When the Sea Turned to Silver” and her Caldecott Honor, “A Big Mooncake for Little Star.” Lin is also a radio commentator and podcast host and recently gave her TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” Lin has been recognized by former President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling, and in 2016, her art was displayed at the White House.