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PHOTOS: Author Grace Lin visits Medfield's Memorial School

As part of Memorial School's Read Across America program, Children's Author, Grace Lin visited Memorial School this week.

Students at welcomed children's author, Grace Lin, to their school on Monday and Tuesday and enjoyed her visit as part of the school's participation in program. 

Lin met in small groups with all first grade students on Monday, and all Kindergarten students on Tuesday. She explained the steps of having a book published and read "The Ugly Vegetables" to them. She also taught the first graders how to draw the dog from her book, "The Year of the Dog."

About Grace Lin:

Grace Lin's bio, from her website, www.gracelin.com

Grace Lin grew up in Upstate New York with her parents and two sisters. While the other sisters became scientists, Grace became an artist. Surprisingly  enough, being an artist was not Grace's first choice. She first dreamed of being a champion ice skater, and drew many pictures of herself twirling and dancing on the ice. Unfortunately, Grace had neither the talent nor coordination to make it to skating stardom. However, the pictures she drew of herself held much promise and quickly became Grace's career focus.

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Grace quickly set out to  achieve her dream of creating children's books. Her first book, THE UGLY VEGETABLES, was published in 1999 and was quickly heralded. As well as being an American Booksellers Association's "Pick of the List" and a Bank's Street College Best Books of the Year, THE UGLY VEGETABLES was nominated for the  California Young Reader Children's Choice Award and named a Growing Good Kids  Book Award CLASSIC.

Grace followed that success with the publication of over a dozen more books,  including DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE! and LISSY'S FRIENDS. Grace's first children's  novel, THE YEAR OF THE DOG was released to glowing praise in 2006 and nominated  to the TX Bluebonnet list, which she followed with THE YEAR OF THE RAT. Her most  recent novel WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON was awarded the 2010 Newbery Honor, chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club and was a NY Times  Bestseller. Grace's early reader LING & TING was awarded with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. Grace, herself, has been honored by the Boston Public Library with the Literary Lights for Children Award and was an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the United States.

Grace lives in Somerville with her husband, Alex. 

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