Apr 01, 2020 2020-04-01
Grace Lin, an illustrator and author of middle-grade novels and picture books, is posting drawing tutorials and readings from her books on her YouTube channel. She’s taught viewers how to draw a Chinese dragon and a dog starting from the numeral 5, and has read from Mulan: Before the Sword, an original prequel to the upcoming live-action film. She began the reading series in part to fight the “anti-Asian rhetoric” that has come up amid coronavirus fears. She wants to show children positive representations of Asian Americans and Asian culture. Lin has also started a podcast, “Kids Ask Authors,” in which children’s authors answer questions from readers about their books and creative process. The questions range from the general (such as “Where do you get your ideas?”) to the more particular (for example, “What is the biggest writing trap an author has to avoid?”).
Plus: In response to the dozens of canceled books festivals, three young-adult writers decided to start the Everywhere Book Fest, a virtual gathering of kidlit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone. The festival is the brainchild of Ellen Oh, who also cofounded the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and Christina Soontornvat and Melanie Conklin. The virtual festival will open its doors on May 1 and 2, 2020.