Grace Lin Visits
Kindergarteners and first graders at Katonah Elementary School set aside a few days to become experts on award-winning children’s book author Grace Lin. Teachers read one of her picture books aloud each day including “A Big Mooncake for Little Star” and “A Big Bed for Little Snow.” Each class thought together about the way Lin wove Chinese folktales into her stories and illustrations.
So when Lin appeared in their classrooms for a virtual visit, students were very prepared and it was very exciting. “She was great,” said kindergarten teacher Sheryl Carini. “Very energetic and so age appropriate!" The engaging visit was part of the school’s celebration of PARP.
Lin showed students the process of making “A Big Mooncake for Little Star,” and described the traditions of the Moon Festival. She also showed students how to draw their own Moon bunny. “My students really enjoyed drawing the bunny and the pop quiz questions scattered throughout her presentation,” said Rebecca Wayland, a first-grade teacher.
Another highlight to students’ time with the 2022 Children’s Literature Legacy Award winner? Meeting Lin’s six chickens, each one named by her daughter after one of her favorite children’s book characters.