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Asian American History 101

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Sep 19, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 45! More diverse stories have been on the rise in the last decade or so… especially in books. One of the most accomplished authors who has led the charge is Grace Lin, the award-winning writer of picture books, early readers, and novels including Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Ling & Ting, and A Big Mooncake for Little Star. She’s one of the few authors who has won both the Caldecott and Newbery honors… not to mention a 2016 Champion of Change honor and the 2022 Children’s Literature Legacy Award from the American Library Association. We had such a wonderful time in our conversation with Grace Lin, and we were fan-girling and fan-boying pretty hard. She was so amazingly articulate and gracious with her time and stories. We had a chance to talk about her start in writing and illustrating, the honors she’s received, her activism, how she developed a mindset of reckless bravery, and what’s next in her career. Be sure to check-out her talks on PBS NewsHour “Your favorite book from childhood might be racist” and TEDx Natick "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf.” She’s also an active podcaster with Kids Ask Authors, Book Friends Forever, and kidlitwomen*. For previous episodes and resources, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at